Delaware Blue Hens Coach K.C. Keeler admits many of his friends have pointed out the irony of a potential Division I-AA championship matchup between the University of Delaware and Villanova. The irony being both schools are 30 miles apart and will have to travel to a suburb of Dallas to compete.
But Keeler refuses to get caught up in what might be. Right now he’s focused on what is. This Saturday U.D. plays Georgia Southern in one of the semi-final games. In the other game Villanova plays Eastern Washington State.
“I’ve gotten texts from some guys over at the other schools mention that same thing but in all reality, we got to worry about beating Georgia Southern so not a whole lot of thought about that”, said Keeler.
Keeler’s team braved the cold Tuesday night to ready for their Saturday noontime showdown in Newark. Tickets went on sale Wednesday morning as the University tries to sell off any unclaimed tickets from season ticket holders and other seats inside the stadium. It is hoped that the daytime start will make going to the stadium more appealing than last Friday evening’s game. Both this game and the 8pm Villanova game will be on ESPN2.
As Keeler prepared for the Eagles he noted, “they have an outstanding defense. One of the things that plays to their defense is the fact that they control the ball, they control the time of possession so much. But they’re a very fast defense, probably the only defense faster then Georgia Southern was James Madison’s, and it’s going to be a great challenge to get points on the board.”
Keeler believes this season has been a success because of their approach to the year. “I know in the summer time we prepared well with the strength and conditioning, and what we did in the summer time. It was very hard work and we got extra work in with each other,”
But he refuses to look ahead. Eventhough he did crack a smile at one text he received on how well a Delaware-Villanova championship game would be received if it were played at Lincoln-Financial Field.