(6-19, 3-9 Ivy)
(12-13, 5-7 Ivy)
(19-6, 12-0 Ivy)
|THE PALESTRA (8,722) • PHILADELPHIA, PA. • Mar. 3, 2017 • 7 p.m.
JADWIN GYMNASIUM (6,854) • PRINCETON N.J. • Mar. 4, 2017 • 6 p.m.
PENN: WNTP 990 AM
PRINCETON: IMG SN
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.411||.470||.421|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.356||.352||.344|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.728||.710||.685|
Tournament Hopes Very Simple
• Even with a 3-9 Ivy League record entering the last weekend of play, Dartmouth still has a slight chance of qualifying for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament as it takes on Penn and Princeton.
• With all of the various scenarios and tiebreakers, all Big Green fans need to know is this — Columbia and Penn must lose both games this weekend, and Dartmouth must win both. If those outcomes come to fruition, the Green are in.
• Dartmouth had an opportunity to move up in the standings last weekend but suffered two home losses, even with Evan Boudreaux averaging 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.
• The Ivy League’s leading scorer (19.3 ppg) and rebounder (9.9 rpg) in league games, Boudreaux recorded his 13th and 14th double-doubles of the season against Brown and Yale.
• Taylor Johnson has found his scoring groove that had been lost for most of the season. Over the last three games the junior has scored 15.7 ppg while raining down 9-of-14 three-pointers.
• The Big Green also prominently feature sophomore guard Guilien Smith, who is 12th in the league in scoring at 12.4 ppg, and junior wing Miles Wright (9.8 ppg).
Series vs. Penn
• Dartmouth has squared off against the Quakers 212 times previously with Penn holding a 151-61 advantage, though the Big Green have won five of the past eight encounters.
• A month ago, Dartmouth recorded its fourth straight win at home over the Quakers, its longest such streak since 1955-60 (6).
• Miles Wright led the Green with 19 points in the 77-74 win on Feb. 4, ripping off five triples.
• Evan Boudreaux had his second double-double in three games against the Quakers (18, 11) and is averaging 23.7 points and 10.7 boards versus Penn.
• Since the Palestra opened on Jan. 1, 1927, the Green have posted an 18-71 record against the Quakers there, but have won just four of their last 57 in the arena (but two in the last eight years).
Scouting the Quakers
• Penn’s fortunes have changed dramatically since the last meeting, winning five straight before falling at Columbia last Saturday.
• The Quakers have the best odds of grabbing one of the final two spots for the league tournament, about 58.5 percent (h/t @YaleSportsGroup).
• Defense has been a team strength for Penn in league play, helping it rank third in scoring margin (+0.8) despite being last in scoring (68.0 ppg).
• The Quakers feature one of the best freshmen duos in the league in guard Ryan Betley (team-high 11.6 ppg in Ivy play) and forward A.J. Brodeur (11.4 ppg).
• Brodeur and senior guard Matt Howard are the team’s top two rebounders at 7.1 and 5.8 rpg, respectively, against the other conference teams.
• Five players have hit at least 20 three-pointers, led by Jackson Donahue with 46 at 31.9 percent clip.
• Steve Donahue (Ursinus ’84) is in his second year guiding Penn with a 23-30 record entering the weekend. No stranger to the Ivy League, Donahue led Cornell to the Sweet 16 back in 2010. He is 223-244 in his 16th year as a Division I head coach.
Series vs. Princeton
• This is the 213th game in the series that dates back to 1905. The Tigers have the edge at 150-62.
• Since the first season of formal the Ivy League play in 1956-57, the discrepancy in success in the series is even more pronounced with Princeton going 100-22 against the Big Green. Dartmouth has won two in a row just twice in that span.
• Princeton has won the last six games, including a tight 69-64 contest in Hanover four weeks ago following a three-week layoff for the Tigers.
• Dartmouth led for nearly 29 minutes in the game and had the upper hand at the half, 33-32, but Princeton answered Evan Boudreaux’s 21 points with 26 from Spencer Weisz.
• The last Big Green victory at Princeton came on Feb. 21, 2009 by a final of 66-63, one of just three wins at Jadwin Gym (others in 1987, 2007) in the 47 times Dartmouth has played there.
Scouting the Tigers
• Princeton boasts the third-longest winning streak in Division I right now at 15 games, behind only Vermont (19) and Monmouth (16).
• The Tigers have clinched at least tie for the Ivy League title and the top seed in the tournament.
• Not surprisingly, Princeton owns the best scoring margin (+12.3 ppg) in league play, plus is the most accurate three-point shooting team at 37.8 percent, just ahead of Dartmouth (37.4 pct.).
• Four players average better than 10 points a game in Ivy play, led by Myles Stephens (15.3 ppg) and Devin Cannady (14.8), while a fifth — Amir Bell — is better than 9.0. The quintet make up more than 90 percent of the team’s scoring.
• Steven Cook (5.7 rpg), Stephen (5.5) and Spencer Weisz (5.4) lead the team in rebounding.
• Princeton is one of three teams to have hit a three-pointer every game since the shot debuted in 1986.
• Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) is in his sixth year guiding his alma mater with a 115-59 record entering the weekend. He played in three NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers and spent 11 years as an assistant at Northwestern.
Games on ILDN and ESPN3
Both games this weekend will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network. Visit ILDN.tv for more information on how to subscribe. In addition, Saturday’s game at Princeton will also be aired on ESPN3 for those with cable or satellite packages.
Ivy League Tournament
The inaugural Ivy League Tournament will take place at The Palestra in Philadelphia on March 11-12. The top two seeds are set in Princeton and Harvard, and while it does look bleak for Dartmouth to qualify for the tournament with a 3-9 league record, there is still a mathematical chance for the Big Green to muscle its way into fourth place. Simply put, Dartmouth has to win both while Columbia and Penn both lose their two games. Using rough estimates, the likelihood of the Green making the tournament (which includes sweeping Penn and Princeton on the road for just the second time since the start of formal Ivy play) is between 2,000 and 2,500 to one. How’s that for an underdog story?
Shooting for a Season Sweep
If Dartmouth can beat Penn, it would be just its fourth season sweep of the Quakers since the Ivy League started formal play in 1956-57, and second in the Big Green’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1959. It would also be Dartmouth’s third straight win over Penn, something it hasn’t done since 1958-59.
Evan Boudreaux leads the Ancient Eight in both scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.9) in conference games only. Should he maintain both positions, he will be the first to Big Green player — and fifth Ivy Leaguer — to finish atop the league in both categories. And if he can grab 21 rebounds in the two games this weekend, he will average a double-double in Ivy play in each of his first two years.
Dartmouth scored 86 points against Yale on Feb. 25, the most by the Big Green all season. The last time they scored at least as much? Last year in an 87-70 win over Brown on Feb. 13. The only problem was that Dartmouth also gave up more points to any opponent (99) in almost exactly six years (Brown had 100 on Feb. 26, 2011).
Boudreaux Boudreaux Golly
It has been just over a year since Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN secretary general, passed away on Feb. 16. In the 13 games since 2017 arrived, sophomore Evan Boudreaux has registered nine double-doubles, giving him 14 on the season. No Big Green player in at least 50 years has had as many in one season, nor as many as the 24 in his career. Prior to 1968-69, individual game-by-game rebounds are not readily available, though I was able to find that all-time great Rudy LaRusso ’59 had 22 — in his senior year alone.
The 900 Club
Evan Boudreaux recorded his 900th career point with his first of two free throws late in the first half against Yale on Feb. 25 (he also scored his 800th point against Yale two weeks earlier). By reaching the 900-point milestone in his 52nd career game, he tied all-time leading scorer Jim Barton ’89 as the fourth-fastest Big Green player to hit the mark. Paul Erland ’72 got there the quickest, needing just 40 games, followed by James Brown ’73 (49) and Steve Spahn ’63 (51). But for Boudreaux to catch Barton for the all-time scoring record, he is going to have to average about 22 points a game the rest of his career.
Late Season Surge for Johnson
Junior Taylor Johnson began the season as the starting point guard, but was relegated to the bench after the first five games. After scoring 14 points at Boston College on Dec. 3, Johnson rarely made any noise on offense, scoring a total of 27 points over the next 16 games. But something clicked against Columbia on Feb. 18, and in the three games since, he has averaged 15.7 points a game while knocking down 9-of-14 three-pointers (.643). He even matched personal-best marks with five rebounds and three steals against Brown last Friday.
It has been 17 years since Dartmouth teammates combined to score 800 points over the entire season, but Evan Boudreaux (441) and Guilien Smith (310) are on pace to do just that. In order to do so, they need to score a total of 49 points in the final two games (they average a combined 30.0 ppg). The last set of teammates to tally 800 were Shaun Gee ’00 (488) and Greg Buth ’01 (455) at 943.
Seniors Shine on Senior Night
Playing in his final game at Leede Arena, senior Wesley Dickinson did what he could to put his stamp on the game, narrowly missing out on his first career double-double. The forward scored nine points and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds, but the Big Green fell to Yale, 99-86. The other active seniors — Mike Fleming and Ike Ngwudo — also were efficient, as the trio combined for 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 2-of-3 behind the arc, with six assists and a block with just one turnover.