Take a look at the complete list of Colonial Athletic Association tournament winners, and a theme emerges.

Old Dominion leads all programs with six CAA championships. Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth have five apiece, George Mason and UNC-Wilmington each have four, James Madison and Navy have three, and East Carolina has the one left over.

That’s 31 championships, and not a single one won by a school from colder regions of the country.

Ever since the ECAC South basketball conference–which would become the CAA in 1985–started hosting a postseason tournament in 1983, every winner of the league’s auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament had come from the state of Maryland or further south.

Until now.

Delaware’s exciting, come-from-behind, 75-74 win over William & Mary in the 2014 CAA championship game was not only the school’s first appearance in the league championship since leaving the America East Conference in 2001, but changed the feel of the entire conference.

“It’s special, but it’s a special league,” head coach Monté Ross said. “The reason that we were able to win, and the southern teams were winning it before, is because they were the most talented teams.

“We happened to be pretty talented this year, so we were able to win it.”