Penn, Princeton Invade Leede Arena This Weekend
The Game: Dartmouth (7-9, 0-2) vs. Penn (4-11, 1-0) and Princeton (12-3, 0-1)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoffs: Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Penn: Quakers lead 148-57
Series Record vs. Princeton: Tigers lead 144-61
Online Video and Audio: Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play
Complete Game Notes
All Ivy All the Time
• The Friday-Saturday Ivy League schedule begins this weekend with Penn and Princeton invading Leede Arena to take on the the Big Green.
• Dartmouth hopes to continue its season-long pattern of increasing streaks. The Green won their first game, lost the next, then won two, lost three, won four, and are currently on a five-game slide. Mathematics dictates a six-game winning streak should begin on Friday night against Penn.
• In order to earn its first victory in the 2014 calendar year, Dartmouth will have to do it without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Gabas Maldunas, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice nearly two weeks ago.
• The first game without Maldunas came against the favorite to win the league title, Harvard, with the Green suffering an 80-50 loss on national TV.
• Dartmouth will look to sophomore Connor Boehm, an Academic All-District selection who averages 11.1 points per game and leads the Ancient Eight in field goal percentage (.563), to pick up some of the scoring slack, as he did against Harvard last Sunday with 16 points.
• Speaking of picking up scoring slack, sophomore Malik Gill poured in a career-high 16 points versus Harvard also, well above his season average of 4.7 ppg entering to the contest.
Series vs. Penn
• Dartmouth has squared off against the Quakers 205 times previously with Penn holding a lopsided 148-57 advantage.
• The Big Green snapped a personal seven-game losing streak against Penn in the last meeting, a 69-64 victory on March 1 at The Palestra.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 5-15 against Penn in his collegiate coaching career.
• Since winning four of the first five contests versus Penn in Leede Arena, Dartmouth has won just two of 20 in this building for a 6-21 record. The last Big Green victory here against the Quakers was a televised 63-60 thriller on Jan. 31, 2009.
Scouting the Quakers
• Though just 4-11 on the season, Penn played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the league and has won two of its last three games, including a 77-74 triumph over Princeton.
• The Quakers are among the top scoring teams in the league at 72.0 points per game, but have allowed more points than anyone except Cornell.
• Penn features four players averaging in double figures, led by guard Tony Hicks at 15.5 ppg.
• Hicks and Miles Jackson-Cartwright make for a formidable backcourt as the duo has combined to knock down 62-of 144 three-pointers (.431).
• On the blocks, the Quakers look to forwards Fran Dougherty (11.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Darien Nelson-Henry (12.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
• Penn does have a tendency to foul a bit as its opponents have converted more than 20 free throws a game while attempting close to 29.
• Aside from the four top scorers, only one other player scores as many as six points a game, that being Julian Harrell (6.1).
• Head coach Jerome Allen (Penn ’09) played for the Quakers from 1991-95 and became the head coach on Dec. 14, 2009, taking over the program in midseason. He sports a record of 52-76 but is 7-1 against the Big Green.
Series vs. Princeton
• This is the 206th game in the series that dates back to 1905. The Tigers have the edge at 144-61.
• Princeton has won the past eight meetings, the last a 68-63 game at Jadwin Gym last season. The last Big Green victory came on Feb. 21, 2009 by a final of 66-63 in New Jersey, one of just three wins at Jadwin Gym in the 45 times Dartmouth has played there.
• Big Green coach is 4-16 versus the Tigers during his collegiate coaching career.
• The first game between the two schools on the hardwood was a 37-8 Big Green victory on the Princeton campus on Dec. 12, 1905.
Scouting the Tigers
• Princeton stormed through the non-conference portion of the schedule with just two losses, but dropped its first Ivy game to Penn, 77-74.
• Among the Tiger victories this year are road games at Rice, Bucknell, Rutgers and Penn State.
• Princeton is the top-scoring team in the Ancient Eight at 75.4 points per game, thanks in part to hitting 38.0 percent of its three-pointers.
• When it comes to those triples, the Tigers have drained 158 compared to 80 for its opponents.
• Since missing four early games, guard T.J. Bray has been Princeton’s top scorer at 17.2 ppg while shooting 53.6 percent overall. He also has 65 assists to just 17 turnovers.
• Forwards Will Barrett (11.8 ppg) and Hans Brase (11.7) also produce in double figures, while three others average between nine and 10 points.
• Princeton has battled close to even on the boards with Brase leading the team at 6.1 rpg.
• Each of the five regular starters shoot better than 74 percent at the free throw line.
• Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) is in his third year heading up his alma mater with a 49-26 record to date. He played in three NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers and spent 11 years as an assistant at Northwestern.
Academic All-District for Boehm
On Thursday it was announced that garnered a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District I Team for men’s basketball, making him the only sophomore in the district and one of just seven across the eight districts in the country. He sports a 3.60 GPA while averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
No Luck on TV Versus Harvard
As part of the Ivy League television package with NBC Sports Network, Dartmouth hosted league-favorite Harvard on Jan. 26. The end result was quite different from the last televised game at Leede Arena, which was a 63-60 Dartmouth victory over Penn five years ago. The Crimson shot over 65 percent for the game and handed the Big Green an 80-50 defeat. The last team to beat Dartmouth by that wide a margin was Penn on Feb. 4, 2010, by a final of 78-47.
Gill Hearts Harvard
While the team hasn’t had much success against Harvard in recent years, sophomore has had some of his best games against the Crimson. Last year as a freshman, he put up a season-high 15 points in an overtime loss in Cambridge. Fast forward exactly one year, and the guard topped that mark with a career-high 16 points in his first collegiate start. He also had four assists and six steals, the latter one shy of his personal best.
Maldunas To Miss Rest of Season
The Big Green received bad news before the home game against Harvard 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 was leading the Ivy League with 8.5 rebounds per game and 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.
January a Cold Month
The temperature isn’t the only thing dropping in Hanover this month. Dartmouth has lost all five 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 over the first 11 contests while never dropping below 41 percent in any one outing.