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Alex Mitola has averaged 18.7 ppg against Penn during his career.     By Doug Austin

The Games: Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4) at Princeton (14-7, 2-5) and Penn (6-15, 3-4)
Locations: Jadwin Gym (6,854), Princeton, N.J./The Palestra (8,722), Philadelphia, Pa.
Tipoffs: Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Princeton: Tigers lead 144-62
Series Record vs. Penn: Lions lead 148-58
Online Video and Audio: Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network — Dave Collins, play-by-play (audio broadcast only)
Live Stats
Complete Game Notes

Chance to Make History
•    Having lost four straight, Dartmouth has the difficult task of playing at Princeton and Penn. Only once have the Big Green won both games on this trip, that coming in 2008-09.
•    If Dartmouth pulls off the weekend sweep, however, it would be the first season sweep of both teams in the same season during the era of formal Ivy play (1956-57).
•    Last weekend, the Green lost at Cornell, 70-67, and at Columbia, 69-59. The three-point loss to the Big Red was the first and only outcome decided by fewer than seven points all season for Dartmouth.
•    The trio of Tyler Melville, Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola scored in double figures in both contests, with all three tallying exactly 25 points.
•    Yet junior John Golden is Dartmouth’s leading scorer in Ivy play at 10.1 ppg. He also tops the team in rebounding (4.8 rpg) — tying a career high with 11 at Cornell — and assists (1.9 apg) within the Ancient Eight.
•    Mitola is among the league’s top three-point shooters and has made 113 in less than two years, placing him eighth in Dartmouth history.
•    The Big Green are essentially tied for the best rebound margin in the league with Yale (+3.8).

Series vs. Princeton
•    This is the 207th game in the series that dates back to 1905. The Tigers have the edge at 144-62.
•    Dartmouth ended a personal eight-game skid against Princeton three weeks ago, besting the Tigers in overtime, 78-69. Alex Mitola led the way with 25 points while John Golden added 19.
•    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 44 times Dartmouth has played there.
•    Big Green coach Paul Cormier is 5-16 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 has lost five of seven within the league. Those five losses have been by a total of 20 points with two coming in overtime.
•    The Tigers lost their first four Ivy games before beating Cornell and Brown.
•    In league play, Princeton ranks second in scoring (67.7 ppg) and free throw percentage (.737), plus third in FG pct. (.457), but its three-point shooting has fallen off considerably at just .309 (was .385 in non-conference play).
•    Since missing four early games, guard T.J. Bray has been Princeton’s top scorer at 18.3 ppg while shooting 57.0 percent overall, second in the league. He also has 91 assists to just 31 turnovers.
•    Forwards Hans Brase (11.4 ppg) and Will Barrett (11.3) — who had a career-high 28 points in Hanover on Feb. 1 — also produce in double figures.
•    Princeton has battled close to even on the boards with Brase leading the team at 5.9 rpg.
•    Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) is in his third year heading up his alma mater with a 51-29 record to date. He played in three NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers and spent 11 years as an assistant at Northwestern.

Series vs. Penn
•    Dartmouth has squared off against the Quakers 206 times previously with Penn holding a lopsided 148-58 advantage.
• The Big Green have won two straight against the Quakers, including the 67-58 triumph in Hanover on Jan. 31. Dartmouth has not taken three straight from Penn since 1958-59.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is 6-15 against Penn in his collegiate coaching career.
•    Since the Palestra opened on Jan. 1, 1927, the Green have posted an 18-69 record against the Quakers there, but have won just four of their last 54 contests in the arena.

Scouting the Quakers
•    Though just 6-15 on the season, Penn played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the league and has won all three of its home Ivy games.
•    The Quakers have hit nearly half of their shots in conference play while holding the opposition to 41.8 percent, but has knocked down less than 20 percent (15-of-78) from behind the arc.
•    Penn features four players averaging in double figures for the season, led by guard Tony Hicks at 15.5 ppg with backcourt mate Miles Cartwright-Jackson at 11.0 ppg.
•    Forward Fran Dougherty is second in the Ivy League with 7.2 rebounds and third with his 56.2 field goal percentage. In the first meeting, he produced 19 points and nine boards on the Green.
•    Penn does have a tendency to foul a bit as its opponents have converted more than 20 free throws a game while attempting more than 29.
•    Aside from the four top scorers, only one other player scores as many as five points a game, that being Julian Harrell (5.1).
•    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 54-80 but is 7-2 against the Big Green.

Looking to Make Some History
It is not often that Dartmouth has had the opportunity to sweep a season series from both Penn and Princeton. As a matter of fact, the last time the Big Green swept the two in the first meeting of a season came in 1958-59. And the last time Dartmouth won all four regular-season contests? Try 1943-44, the last time the Green advanced to the national championship game.

Quirky Note of the Week
Senior Tyler Melville, and sophomores Alex Mitola and Connor Boehm all scored in double figures in both games of the Cornell-Columbia trip on Feb. 14-15. The odd thing about the weekend is that each of the three tallied exactly 25 points in the two games combined — Melville had 14 and 11, Mitola 12 and 13, and Boehm 10 and 15.

Golden Glassworks
If I were to start a window business, I would call it Golden Glassworks. Junior John Golden had a different idea for his business by grabbing 11 rebounds at Cornell, matching his career high set as a freshman against Elon.

Three-Point Ringer
He may only average 6.4 minutes a game, but freshman Eli Harrison doesn’t waste much time in filling up the net. The rookie is second on the team with 23 three-pointers, while his rate of 45.1 percent is the best among the Big Green players. Only five players in Dartmouth history have made at least 23 triples in a season with better efficiency. And no Big Green player has needed less time on the court for every three-pointer he makes — ThreEli, as he is known, has one trifecta for every 5.3 minutes of action.

Still on Top
Despite missing the last seven games, junior Gabas Maldunas still leads the Big Green in total rebounds (128) and blocked shots (30). While sophomore Connor Boehm will almost undoubtedly pass Maldunas — who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury — on the boards this weekend (enters the game at Princeton with 126), it is highly unlikely anyone will surpass the shots he has swatted. The closest teammate in the category is sophomore Brandon McDonnell with 13.