DOVER, Del. – Following a tough overtime loss to Stockton on the road, the Wesley College men's basketball team will look to rebound when they head up to the University of Delaware to take on the Blue Hens on Friday.
"Opening up with an exhibition contest with West Chester last Saturday, taking on Stockton on Wednesday and having a game with a Division I opponent like Delaware, we know what we were getting ourselves into," said head coach Dean Burrows. "Having a schedule like this better prepares us for conference play. Every day is a learning experience for us and we will continue to grow."
It is the first time that the two Delaware schools have faced each other on the hardwood. It is the home opener in 2017-18 for Delaware.
Led by second-year coach Martin Ingelsby, Delaware split two road games so far in the 2017-18 season. In the season opener against Richmond, Delaware jumped out to an early lead and held off Richmond for the 76-63 win over a team that made the NIT a season ago. Against Bradley, Delaware was unable to corral a late charge by the Braves and fell 61-53.
"Coach Ingelsby and his club are a good team and they are fun to watch. Watching Delaware on film against Richmond and Bradley, they are a physical defensive team. They like to force turnovers and we have seen teams that like to pressure so we will be prepared when we step into the gym on Friday."
Since Wesley became a four-year school, the Wolverines are 1-1 against in-state teams. In 1988, the Wolverines beat Wilmington College 82-80. In 1997, the Wolverines dropped a cross-town contest, 84-59 to the Delaware State Hornets.
"Even though I'm an alum of UD, I want to go in there and beat them. We are going to have fun with the game."
Wesley is bringing a large crowd to the Bob Carpenter Center. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni are making the trip to Newark to help bring a 'home-court advantage' for the Wolverines.
"An opportunity like this has never happened for Wesley and I understand why people are excited about game. We always have great crowds at our games, it's just the Bob Carpenter Center holds a little more people than the Wentworth Gymnasium does. I expect our guys to embrace the atmosphere and put on a good showing."
Tip-off from the Bob Carpenter Center is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.
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