To the outside world this may seem like the first bit of true adversity the University of Delaware men's basketball program has had to deal with this season. After all, until the beginning of last week the Blue Hens were undefeated in league action, had become the toast of the campus with massive and adoring student sections at the BOB, and were in the midst of what many were describing as a storybook season. Then came a bitter setback on the national stage at Towson, a narrow escape against Hofstra and then a terribly disappointing loss in front of a packed house at the Carpenter Center.

For many teams events like those could turn out to be a series of critical body blows that snowballs into an extended funk and eventually destroys everything UD seemed poised to accomplish. According to head coach Monte Ross though, this is anything but a typical team.

"We've done a remarkable job all season of just being resilient," Ross said after his team's setback against Drexel. "Toughness both physically and mentally have been the trademarks of this team, and I told the guys in the locker room we have to continue to show that toughness even during tough times."

Ross is right.

UD may have avoided adversity in the win-loss column until last week, but they have faced plenty of it over the course of the season. The Hens have had three different starters miss a month to suspension, including two of the team's best players, yet somehow they simply continued to string together wins.

Delaware is poised to get starters Jarvis Threatt and Marvin King-Davis back from suspension before the CAA Tournament gets underway next weekend. That, along with a top seed, should be enough to provide Ross' team with a much-needed shot in the arm before the postseason begins.

In order to secure that top seed (and the automatic bid to at minimum the NIT that comes with it) UD will have to take care of business on the road. The Hens still hold a one-game edge over Towson atop the CAA standings with contests remaining at UNCW and College of Charleston.

In other words, Delaware controls its own destiny. Now they have to not let what happened in the recent past define their future. Ross' team has shown the ability to avoid that fate before, so there is no reason to believe they won't be able to accomplish the same thing now when it truly matters.