After going to Villanova Games growing up, Delaware’s Martin Ingelsby faces Wildcats in NCAA Tournament – CBS Baltimore
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As a child, Martin Ingelsby grew up going to Villanova games with his father. His father, Tom, was an outstanding guard at the school from 1970 to 1973.
But that’s not Ingelsby’s only connection to Villanova. His brother, Brad, and his sister also went to school.
So does that mean Ingelsby’s family will be rooting for his University of Delaware team on Friday against Villanova?
“We’ll have another shade of blue on Friday,” Ingelsby joked earlier this week on Eyewitness News.
On Friday, the No. 15 seeded Ingelsby Blue Hens will face No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh at 2:45 p.m.
“I’m really, really excited for our team to find out what March Madness is all about,” Ingelsby said.
Ingelsby knows what it’s like to prepare for and play in the NCAA Tournament. He helped lead Notre Dame to the second round in 2001 as the team’s starting point guard.
Villanova connections don’t start or end with Ingelsby, Delaware either.
Forward Anthony Ochefu is the brother of Daniel Ochefu, who helped the Wildcats win the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
Forward Dylan Painter was traded to play for the Blue Hens from Villanova after the 2018-19 season. He’s second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.9 points and shooting 38% on three-pointers.
But Delaware is led by junior guard Jameer Nelson Jr. He is the son of St. Joseph University star and former NBA player Jameer Nelson.
Nelson Jr., a product of The Haverford School, is averaging 13.7 points.
The Blue Hens, fresh off a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, will have their hands full with the Wildcats. They enter the game as 15.5 point underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
Villanova won the Big East Tournament in a win over Creighton after a huge performance from guard Collin Gillespie.
Ingelsby said that at the start of the season, the team set a goal of making the NCAA Tournament.
Well, now they did. Ingelsby and the Blue Hens approach it like they have nothing to lose.
“We are delighted with the game,” Ingelsby said. “We have nothing to lose. We know this will be a challenge for our team against a great Villanova basketball team, but it’s a special, special time for our team, our university to be a part of it.