Wesley to face Hens in men’s hoops

DOVER – It’s a pretty rare day when the University of Delaware and Wesley College clash in athletics.

So it was pretty big news for the Wolverines when they announced today that they’ll be facing the Blue Hens in men’s basketball next season.

Wesley and the Blue Hens will square off at the Carpenter Center in Newark on Nov. 17. It will mark the first time the schools have meet in men’s basketball.

“I can’t thank Coach (Martin) Ingelsby and his staff enough for this opportunity for our program,” Wesley coach Dean Burrows said in a press release. “We are privileged and honored to be able to compete against our state’s flagship institution.

Wesley coach Dean Burrows

“For every player who grows up in our state, the ‘Dream’ is the same: to be able to one day play at ‘The Bob’ and for us as coaches, it is no different. Personally speaking, this opportunity means a lot to me as the University of Delaware is my alma mater. We are very much looking forward to preparing for, competing and showcasing the talent level that we have in Division III basketball that often gets overlooked. I like to think of this opportunity as a celebration of basketball in our state.”

The matchup isn’t as surprising as it looks, at first glance.

Wesley faced another team from the Colonial Athletic Association, William & Mary, a few years ago. And last season, the Hens played Division III Bryn Athyn as well as Division II Goldey-Beacom.

Delaware, which will be in its season under Ingelsby, will host Notre Dame three weeks after it plays Wesley.

The 2016-17 season marked the 10th consecutive season that Wesley made an appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. With only one graduating senior on last year’s team, Wesley returns nine players in 2017-18, including all five starters, led by CAC Rookie of the Year Brian Cameron and All-CAC second-teamer J.W. Lawson.

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