HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach David McLaughlin today announced his team’s schedule for the 2017-18 season, which features trips to Notre Dame, Boston College and Illinois-Chicago. New England foes New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are among the other non-conference competition before the Big Green compete for a berth in the Ivy League Tournament in March.
“We are very excited about the 2017-18 season and the great opportunities and challenges our schedule provides for our program,” McLaughlin said. “We are looking forward to playing very strong and established programs from in and out of our region.”
The season will begin on the road at Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Hamden, Connecticut. This will be the first matchup against the Bobcats in seven years after meeting 13 times over the previous dozen seasons.
Three days later the Green begin a three-game homestand with Emerson College. The day prior to Thanksgiving, Dartmouth will host Albany, which won 21 games a year ago, before entertaining Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 28.
In December, the Big Green will be on the road for six of their seven contests, starting at Canisius, the team Dartmouth squared off against in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in the 2014-15 campaign. Trips to Sacred Heart and Maine follow before the team takes off for Chicago to meet UIC — a team that advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational last year — for the first time on the hardwood.
Dartmouth will get another game in during its trip to the Midwest with a showdown against a different shade of green in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Dec. 19. The Big Green will be attempting to beat a Notre Dame team expected to be among the best in the ACC, and also avenge their Ivy League brethren, Princeton, which fell to the 26-win Fighting Irish in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year by a mere two points.
Three days prior to Christmas, Dartmouth will play Bryant for the seventh straight season, this time in Hanover at Leede Arena. The two teams have split their first six games with the Green winning on the road last year, 75-69. The other contest around the holidays will be the in-state showdown at New Hampshire on Dec. 30. A Dartmouth win would even its series with the Wildcats in this the 68th meeting.
For the 31st consecutive year, Dartmouth will begin its trek through the Ivy League against Harvard as the Green travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Jan. 6. Before the final 13 conference games, Dartmouth hosts a strong Vermont squad, then heads back to the Boston area to take on the Eagles of Boston College.
Along with hosting Harvard on Jan. 20, the home weekends against Ivy League foes will be Feb. 9-10 (Penn and Princeton), Feb. 16-17 (Yale and Brown) and March 2-3 (Columbia and Cornell).
“We continue to strive to have a schedule that is attractive and challenging for our current players,” continued McLaughlin, “so they have another level of motivation as they work to improve their respective games throughout the summer months. Our non-conference portion will also allow ample opportunities to get us ready for the rigors of an uber-competitive Ivy League slate.”
The Ivy League Tournament, now in its second year of existence, will take place at The Palestra on March 10-11 featuring the top four teams in the conference standings to determine which one earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Last year, Dartmouth was 7-20 overall and finished tied for sixth in the Ivy League with a 4-10 record in McLaughlin’s first season at the helm. Three of the five starters return to the fold, including a pair of former Ivy League Rookies of the Year in senior Miles Wright and junior Evan Boudreaux, the latter of which has been an all-district performer in each of his first two seasons with the Big Green.
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