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Marquee Home Matchup vs. Notre Dame Highlights Delaware Men's Basketball Non-League Slate

Marquee Home Matchup vs. Notre Dame Highlights Delaware Men's Basketball Non-League Slate 

DATE: August 9, 2017

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s basketball team will play six home games including a highly anticipated clash against Atlantic Coast Conference power Notre Dame as the Blue Hens announced their 2017 non-conference schedule on Wednesday.

Delaware, led by second-year head coach Martin Ingelsby, kicks off the campaign at Richmond for the second time in the last five years as the Blue Hens travel to Richmond on Friday, Nov. 10. UD will face a challenging opponent in its opener, as the Spiders tied for third place in the Atlantic 10 last year, advanced to the conference tournament semifinals and moved on to the Postseason NIT quarterfinals.

UD heads to Bradley for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, Nov. 14, looking for its second straight victory in Peoria after last year’s 63-49 triumph over the Braves. The Blue Hens return to Newark to host local foe Wesley College in the home opener on Friday, Nov. 17, as part of the UNCG Tournament in what will be the first ever contest between the First State opponents.

Delaware will then continue play in the UNCG Tournament on Nov. 20-22 in Greensboro, N.C., taking on the host Spartans along with North Carolina Wesleyan and Longwood. UNCG will be a formidable opponent, as the Spartans tied for first place in the Southern Conference, advanced to the league tournament final and participated in the Postseason NIT last season.

The Blue Hens return home on Monday, Nov. 27 to host Yale, looking for revenge following the Bulldogs’ 81-63 victory over UD last year in New Haven, Conn. Yale finished in third place in the Ivy League standings a year ago, before advancing to the conference tournament final. Delaware will then make the short trip to Annapolis, Md. to face Navy on Friday, Dec. 1. Although the Blue Hens and Midshipmen have played 30 times in school history, this year’s matchup will be the schools’ first meeting since 1993.

Delaware then welcomes Mid-American Conference member Buffalo to the Bob Carpenter Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6, which will feature the Bulls’ first ever visit to Newark.

The Blue Hens will then host Atlantic Coast Conference power Notre Dame, led by former UD head coach Mike Brey, on Saturday, Dec. 9 in one of the most highly anticipated games in school history. That contest will feature Ingelsby, a four-year member of the Notre Dame squad from 1997-2001, facing Brey after spending 13 seasons on the Fighting Irish sideline as an assistant coach. Notre Dame tied for third place in the ACC a year ago, advanced to the conference tournament final, competed in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32, and finished the year ranked No. 20 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.

Delaware then renews its rivalry with Delaware State on Sunday, Dec. 17 in Dover, as the Blue Hens and Hornets will face off for the ninth consecutive season. UD hosts CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday, Dec. 20, welcoming a tough Roadrunners squad that won the WAC regular season title a year ago and advanced to the Postseason NIT semifinals.

Following an eight-day holiday break, Delaware concludes its non-league slate on Thursday, Dec. 28 by hosting Cornell, its second Ivy League opponent of the season.

The 18-game Colonial Athletic Association schedule, featuring home and home series with the other nine conference schools, is expected to be announced later this month.

Currently, the only way to guarantee seats for the Notre Dame game is by purchasing season tickets. Returning season ticket members can renew their seats online here or by calling (302) 831-4493. Fans who would like to purchase new season tickets can place a men’s basketball deposit here or by calling (302) 831-4493. Courtside Seating is also available for the season. If you are interested please click here and a University of Delaware representative will be in contact.

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