The Game: Dartmouth (7-8, 0-1) at Harvard (14-3, 1-0)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m.
Series Record vs. Harvard: Big Green lead 94-83
Television: NBC Sports Network — Randy Moss, play-by-play; Dalen Cuff, analyst
Radio: WFRD 99.3 FM — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Online Video (subject to blackout) and Audio: Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network
Complete Game Notes
National Exposure Versus Harvard
• Having posted a .500 record in non-conference games, Dartmouth can focus solely on the Ivy League beginning with Harvard in this nationally televised game on NBC Sports Network.
• The Big Green will have to finish the season without the services of the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, junior center Gabas Maldunas, as he suffered a knee injury in practice that could keep him out into the 2014-15 season.
• Dartmouth still has two players averaging at least 10 points a game in sophomores Connor Boehm (10.7) and Alex Mitola (10.5), with the former leading the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.561) and the latter fourth in three-pointers made.
• The Big Green have yet to win a game in 2014, having dropped four straight. The latest defeat came at St. John’s last Saturday, 69-55.
• Junior wing John Golden led the way against the Red Storm with 13 points while Boehm and Maldunas hit the boards for 11 and nine rebounds, respectively.
• Outside shooting wasn’t the problem as Dartmouth canned 9-of-15 (.600) triples, but just 11-of-43 (.256) inside the arc thanks to 11 St. John’s blocks.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is taking his fifth crack at winning the 200th game of his career between his stint at Fairfield and two at Dartmouth.
|Program for the game against Harvard.|
Series vs. Harvard
• While Dartmouth has a 94-83 advantage all-time, the Crimson have won the last nine encounters.
• Two weeks ago, Harvard broke open an early second-half tie thanks to 17 second-half points from Brandyn Curry to beat the Big Green, 61-45.
• At Leede Arena, Dartmouth has a 10-16 mark, but its last win in the series at home came five years ago in a 73-56 triumph.
• is 12-12 against Harvard.
• While Dartmouth dominated the first 60 years of the series with a 56-14 record through 1960, the Big Green have mustered just a 38-69 mark since then, including a 5-23 record since 2000.
Scouting the Crimson
• Harvard has lost just three games, but two of those came before each matchup with the Big Green. FAU earned a 68-53 victory by holding the Crimson to 23 percent shooting on Tuesday.
• Even with the setback, Harvard leads the league in scoring margin at plus-11.4 points and allows the fewest points per game in the league.
• Leading scorer Wesley Saunders (15.4 ppg) returned to the floor after a two-game absence but was a bit rusty, hitting just 3-of-14 field goals.
• Collectively, the Crimson starters shot 20.5 pct. (8-for-39) for the game, but the team is shooting 44.7 pct. on the year, fourth in the league.
• Two others score in double figures in point guard Siyani Chambers (11.4 ppg) and forward Kyle Casey (10.8). Chambers also leads the Ancient Eight with 77 assists.
• Forward Steve Moundou-Missi leads the league’s top shot-blocking team with 23 blocks.
• Harvard also has Laurent Rivard, who will likely finish his career among the top five in three-pointers made in league history.
• Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) is in his seventh season at Harvard’s helm with a 126-69 record in Cambridge and 302-208 in his career that has taken him to Seton Hall for four seasons (68-55) and Michigan for six (108-84).
Leede Hosting National TV Game
As part of the Ivy League television package with NBC Sports Network, this showdown with league-favorite Harvard is being broadcast on the station across the country. Dartmouth fans are hoping the result ends up much like the last time Leede Arena hosted a televised game when the Big Green defeated Penn nearly five years ago to the day — Jan. 31, 2009 — by a final of 63-60.
Maldunas To Miss Rest of Season
The Big Green received bad news this past week when leading scorer and rebounder , who injured his knee in practice, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will not be available for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. The junior center topped the Ivy League with 8.5 rebounds per game and was averaging 11.2 points to boot. In addition, he had recorded 30 of the team’s 54 blocks and was second on the squad with 33 assists.
Mitola Hits 100th Three-Pointer
Sophomore point guard collected his 100th three-point basket in the second half at St. John’s with his third triple of the night. Of the 15 Dartmouth players to reach the milestone, he is third in accuracy at exactly 40 percent (100-of-250). Only Len Bazelak ’88 at 46.6 percent (111-of-238) and the all-time three-point leader Jim Barton ’89 at 45.5 percent (242-of-532) are ahead of Mitola, who is among the Ivy League leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.417, 4th (min. 2 per game)) and three-pointers per game (2.3, 4th).
January a Cold Month
The temperature isn’t the only thing dropping in Hanover this month. Dartmouth has lost all four of its games since the new year began and have not shot even 40 percent in any of them. Contrast that to the team shooting over 50 percent in the first 11 contests while never dropping below 41 percent in any one outing.
Cormier on the Cusp of 200
picked up the 199th victory of his collegiate head coaching career when Dartmouth dumped Lesley on Dec. 31, 85-47. Of those 199 wins, 113 have come at Dartmouth, 87 of which came during his first stint (1984-91). He procured the other 86 over his seven years at the helm of Fairfield (1991-98). Only three coaches have more victories at Dartmouth — Alvin “Doggie” Julian (183 wins, 1950-66), Osborne Cowles (144, 1936-43 and ’44-46) and Dave Faucher (136, 1991-2004).
Quick Shots from St. John’s
• Dartmouth shot a season-best 60 percent (9-of-15) from behind the arc, making more three-pointers against the Red Storm than it had made in the previous three games combined.
• The Big Green had 11 of their shots blocked by St. John’s, the most by an opponent since another (then) Big East school, Notre Dame, swatted 11 on Dec. 10, 2011.
• Sophomore hauled in a season-high 11 rebounds, the fifth game in his career with at least 10 caroms. Dartmouth has lost all five of those games, however.
• Speaking of rebounds, 5-11 point guard posted a season-best six boards.
• Native New Yorker Malik Gill enjoyed his homecoming, providing a big lift in the first half off the bench with a pair of three-pointers amongst his eight points plus a nifty assist on a fast break.