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Villanova Basketball Opponent Capsule: Delaware Blue Hens

We continue our exploration and introduction of Villanova's 2014-15 opponents. Up next, our chicken rivals to the south.

Mike Stobe

Last Season: One of the better offenses in the country, the Delaware Blue Hens went 25-10 (14-2 CAA) en route to the conference championship and the program's first NCAA berth since 1999. Unfortunately they never had the defense to match the offense, and were sent packing in the first round of the dance by Michigan State.

Last Meeting/All-Time Series: Villanova has never lost to Delaware on the hardwood, holding a 12-0 advantage in the all-time series. Last year was a bit of a nail-biter, with JayVaughn Pinkston leading the way to an 84-80 victory with 26 points.

Head Coach: Back for his 9th season, Monté Ross is currently second all-time at Delaware with 115 career victories. He was named the CAA Coach of the Year after last season's run to the NCAA Tournament.

Top Returners: Guard Kyle Anderson (11.0/3.7/0.9), who has lit up Villanova from beyond the arc in the past, is the best player returning from a decimated squad. Marvin King-Davis and Devonne Pinkard were role players on last year's team and should see a big bump in minutes.

Key Losses: The Hens lost their top four offensive players from a year ago. The three-headed monster of Devon Saddler (19.7/4.3/3.6), Davon Usher (19.4/6.1/1.8) and Jarvis Threatt (18.0/5.8/5.4) is no more, with Saddler and Usher starting professional careers while Threatt was kicked off the team over the summer. They'll also be without last year's leading rebounder Carl Baptiste.

Key Additions: The Hens brought in a big class in terms of quantity. Guards Kory Holden and Anthony Mosley joined by forwards Skye Johnson, Chivarsky Corbett and Eric Carter. Look for a few of these freshmen to see meaningful minutes as Ross looks to replenish his roster.