NEWARK, Del. — For the first time since 2000, Mike Brey was on the sideline as a coach inside the Bob Carpenter Center.
Only this time, he was coaching against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Brey and the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in town for a non-conference match-up in front of close to 5,000 fans in snowy Newark.
Brey led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament in both 1998 and 1999, and is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans were excited about his return to the sideline, regardless of what team he was coaching for, as he helped the team become a name on the national scale during his time as the head coach.
Delaware’s current head coach, Martin Ingelsby, was an assistant under Brey for 13 seasons after playing his senior year at Notre Dame for coach Brey in 2000-01. The two agreed to the game due to their long ties to one another, and it didn’t disappoint.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ever since their loss at the 2017 Champions Classic to the Duke Blue Devils, the Michigan State Spartans have been on some kind of roll.
Since their loss back on November 14th, the Spartans entered Saturday riding a seven game winning streak. All of their wins have come by double digits, with their closest game coming on December 5th against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State beat the Scarlet Knights by 10.
Inside the Breslin Center on Saturday, the Spartans welcomed the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to town, and both teams were looking to continue their winning streaks. Southern Utah came into the day riding a three-game winning streak of their own, and while they were taking on the third-ranked team in the country, they left it all on the court and made things interesting in the second half.
BEAUMONT, Tex. — On Saturday, less than 24 hours after welcoming his second son into the world, senior forward Colton Weisbrod was back on the hardwood and leading the Lamar Cardinals to their eighth win of the season.
In front of their home crowd, the Cardinals took on the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets in non-conference play. Lamar came into the day riding a four-game winning streak, and were looking to extend it before heading out on the road for a pair of games this week.
Weisbrod was one of six Cardinals to score in double-figures on the night, and all 11 players who saw action for Lamar scored at least three points for the home side.
This game could be seen as a welcome home party for Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who began his head coaching career in Delaware before starting his tenure in South Bend.
Brey coached the Fightin’ Blue Hens from 1995-2000, going 99-51 in five years, leading them to two NCAA Tournament appearances and two America East Championships.
Delaware is currently 4-5 on the season, losing their most recent game to the Buffalo Bulls, 75-72, and are coached by Martin Ingelsby, who was an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish from 2009-2016.