The NIT, in its new form, has been scaled back to 32 teams, which leaves a balanced bracket of four eight-team regions. The higher seeded team will play at home unless it declines due to scheduling or other conflicts.
Delaware State is the number eight seed in the East region. It earned its bid by winning the regular season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title with a 16-2 conference mark.
West Virginia is 2-0 all-time against the Hornets, having defeated them once under Gale Catlett and once under current head coach John Beilein. Should the Mountaineers win, they will play host to the winner of Massachusetts and Alabama at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Tickets will go on sale Monday at 10:00 a.m., at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum. Season ticket holders have until 6:00 p.m., on Monday to purchase their reserved seats from the season. Fans can stop by the Coliseum or call 1-800-WVU GAME to purchase tickets. The Ticket Office will be open until 6:00 p.m., on Monday.
Tickets are priced at $20 for lower level seating and $12 for seats in the upper deck. Non-season ticket holders can also purchase upper level tickets on wvugame.com.
Tickets for WVU students will go on sale at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday for $4. The first 500 WVU students will receive a ticket for free admission, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Children under 18 can purchase tickets at the gate only on game day for $4. Student tickets will not be sold on Monday.