The Big Green will open up the season with a three-game homestand, starting with Maine on Nov. 10 in Leede Arena for the first meeting between the two schools on the hardwood since 2005. Cross-state rival New Hampshire follows up three days later before the squad takes a break for the fall term finals. Following a showdown with IPFW in Hanover on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Dartmouth will play its final eight games of the 2012 calendar year on the road.
A trip to Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., on Nov. 27 begins the road trip, after which the Big Green take a little southern excursion to Longwood (Dec. 1) in Virginia and Elon (Dec. 4) in North Carolina. After a pair of regional rivals in Holy Cross (Dec. 8) and Vermont (Dec. 12), Dartmouth treks across the country on Dec. 15 in an attempt to avenge its loss 23 years ago at Arizona State. Three days before Christmas, the Green will play at Bryant, get one last game in before the calendar changes to 2013 with an afternoon tilt at Boston College on Dec. 31.
Whereas the Big Green will spend December on the road, they will get to enjoy nearly all of January on their home court, starting with a pair of games against Patriot League foes Colgate (Jan. 5) and Army (Jan. 8). The Ivy slate begins as usual with a pair of games against the league champion Harvard Crimson — fresh off their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 66 years — first in Leede Arena on Jan. 12, then in Cambridge two weeks later. Sandwiched between those two games will be a visit by the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer on Jan. 17 from just 20 miles down I-89.
The home action will continue against Brown and Yale on Feb. 1 and 2, while Princeton and Penn will come north two weeks later. The final games of the season will also take place in Hanover when Cornell and Columbia arrive on March 8 and 9, respectively.
With seven new recruits in the fold, head coach Paul Cormier will feature one of the youngest teams in the country with just three upperclassmen and six sophomores returning from last year’s 5-25 squad. The future is bright, however, as those sophomores produced 10 Ivy League Rookie-of-the-Week honors last year.