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The UD men's basketball team reacts during the NCAA selections on Sunday evening at the Carpenter Sports Building.

NCAA men's tourney

Hens seeded No. 13, will face Michigan State in Spokane


8:20 p.m., March 16, 2014--The University of Delaware men’s basketball team has been seeded No. 13 in the East Region and will open the NCAA Division I championship tournament against Michigan State University in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday.

The game will tip off at about 4:40 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

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A crowd of well over 500 exuberant UD students and fans packed the Carpenter Sports Building for the NCAA watch party and had to endure a long wait until the final segment of the live CBS TV announcement. When Delaware's name finally came up beside Michigan State in the East Region, a roar went up throughout the arena.

The Blue Hens (25-9) are headed back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in school history but for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. UD will take on a Michigan State team that is a perennial NCAA championship contender and captured national titles in 1979 and 2000.

The No. 4 seeded and 22nd-ranked Spartans (26-8) captured the Big 10 Conference title with a 69-55 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be back in the NCAA tournament,” said eighth-year Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross, the CAA Coach of the Year. “Playing a tournament-tested team like Michigan State with a Hall of Fame caliber coach in Tom Izzo is an exciting opportunity for our program. We will embrace that opportunity and will be ready for the challenge.”

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