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Notre Dame, Delaware to play home-and-home series

27 March 2016: Head Coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the North Carolina Tarheels game versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Elite Eight round of the Division I Men's Championship at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported on Wednesday that Delaware will host Notre Dame in the first half of a home-and-home series starting in 2017. The two teams will then flip venues for a meeting during the 2018-2019 campaign.

Martin Ingelsby, who was hired as Delaware’s head coach back in May, had been serving previously under Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. Ingelsby spent 13 seasons with the Notre Dame program and helped them to eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament during that span. He served as the school’s coordinator of basketball operations for six years before joining Brey’s staff as an assistant in 2009.

The 37-year-old was also a point guard for Notre Dame from 1997 to 2001 and is the son of former NBA player Tom Ingelsby.

One of Ingelsby’s chief responsibilities with Notre Dame was ramping up recruitment efforts and that work paid off in the form of back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight in 2015 and 2016. The school had last advanced that far in the tourney back in 1979 and the 32-6 record they posted in 2014-2015 was just the second 30-win season in Notre Dame’s history.

On the other hands, Blue Hens have made a total of five appearances in the NCAA Tournament in their history, the last of which came in 2014 under head coach Monté Ross. They were a 13-seed in the East Regional after winning the Colonial Conference with an overall record of 25-10. They were beaten by No. 4 Michigan State in the second-round. Delaware’s other four appearances in the tournament all came in the 1990s, though they lost in the first-round every year.

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