|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.465||.433|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.338||.346|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.783||.732|
Ivy Play is Here
• Although Dartmouth still has two more non-conference games on its schedule, Ivy League play opens with this afternoon road game at Harvard.
• The Big Green are 1-6 on the road thus far with the lone victory coming four weeks ago at Maine in a 73-66 triumph.
• Last time out, Dartmouth took one on the chin in an 83-66 defeat at in-state rival New Hampshire, failing to even the all-time series in the process.
• Miles Wright led the Big Green in scoring for the third time in the last four games with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and is tied for the team lead with 12.3 ppg.
• Wright is tied with Brendan Barry, who was held to a season-low one point at UNH, one game after a career-high 25 in a win over Bryant.
• Two others also average in double figures — Chris Knight (11.4 ppg) off the bench and Taylor Johnson (10.8), who has started the last eight games since Guilien Smith went down with an injury.
• As a team, Dartmouth is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 73.8 percent at the line, neither figure of which has been attained over a full season in 29 years.
• While Barry leads qualified Ivy Leaguers in 3-point accuracy (.444), freshman Aaryn Rai leads those with at least one triple per game (.516).
• Dartmouth has shot at least 50 percent in a game five times this year after reaching the mark only three times all of last season.
• The win against Bryant was the 200th for David McLaughlin as a collegiate head coach. His first 189 came at Division II Stonehill.
Series vs. Harvard
• Dartmouth has a 96-88 advantage all-time, though the Crimson have won three of the last five.
• Last year Harvard swept the Big Green by double digits both times, first in Hanover, 74-58, then here in Cambridge, 82-68.
• At Lavietes Pavilion, the Big Green are 12-22, and their last win here was just three years ago thanks to a 26-2 second-half run in a 70-61 triumph.
• Brendan Barry averaged 11.0 ppg against the Crimson last year, and Miles Wright has averaged 8.0 ppg in six career games while shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from behind the arc.
• While Dartmouth dominated the first 60 years of the series with a 56-14 record through 1960, the Big Green have mustered just a 40-74 mark since then, including a 7-29 record this millennium.
Scouting the Crimson
• Picked to win the Ivy League in the preseason poll, Harvard has struggled in non-conference play with a 5-9 record (but 3-1 at home), dropping its last three contests with the most recent a 62-56 setback at home against Vermont.
• The Crimson have fared well against A-10 competition, beating UMass, St. Joe’s and Fordham.
• Points have not come easy for the Crimson, which is shooting barely 40 percent from the floor and less than 30 percent behind the arc.
• Leading scorer Bryce Aiken (17.6 ppg) has missed the last four games with an injury. His availability for this game is unknown.
• Two other Crimson average in double figures — Seth Towns at 12.5 ppg and Chris Lewis at 11.9. Towns is shooting 41.2 percent from long range but under 40 percent overall, while Lewis provides points down low at a 58.4 percent clip.
• That duo also make up the top rebounders on the squad, Towns at 5.2 rpg and Lewis 4.9.
• Sixteen players have seen court time this season, and every one has started at least one game.
• Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) is in his 11th season at Harvard’s helm with a 198-114 record in Cambridge and a 374-253 mark in a career that has taken him to Seton Hall for four seasons (68-55) and Michigan for six (108-84).
Year Five of Ivy League Network
All home games and every Ivy League contest (19 in all) will be streamed live in high-definition this season through the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Five of the conference games will be simulcast on ESPN3 as well — including this one — while four more will be televised by Eleven Sports Network and another on SNY. Visit IvyLeagueNetwork.com for information on how to subscribe to the ILN.
Granite State Battle
Dartmouth had an opportunity to even the all-time series with its Granite State counterpart, New Hampshire, at 34 wins apiece, but the host Wildcats had other ideas, handing the Big Green an 83-66 defeat. The game was ruled by 3-pointers as UNH hit 12 — the most by a Dartmouth opponent since Harvard hit 13 in the last meeting between the two — while the Green managed a season-low four.
All Good Things Come to a Br-End-An
That pun sounded better in my head, but eh, let’s stick with it. Sophomore Brendan Barry had hit at least two 3-pointers in a dozen straight games dating back to his rookie season, but then was held to a single point in the 83-66 defeat at New Hampshire on Dec. 30. It is the second-longest such streak in the past 20 years, trailing only the 13 strung together by Alex Mitola ’15.
Sights on Target
The Big Green are enjoying one of their finest shooting seasons in decades to date, having hit 46.4 percent from the floor and 73.8 percent at the foul line. The last Dartmouth team to shoot at least that well in either category was the 1988-89 squad that shot 47.7 percent overall. And in the year before that, the Green converted 74.3 percent of their free throws. Those two teams were also the last to knock down at least 40 percent from the perimeter, which might be difficult for this year’s team to reach, although it has hit a respectable 36.7 percent.
Top 10 in Thievery
With four steals at New Hampshire on Dec. 30, senior Miles Wright broke into Dartmouth‘s career top 10 for thefts, surpassing all-time great Alex Barnett ’09 for 10th with 113 to his credit.
Knight of the Double-Digit Table
Freshman Chris Knight has been nearly automatic when it comes to scoring in double figures, tallying at least 10 points in nine of the 11 games to date, including each of the last three. He is second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.591, minimum four FG made per game), falling just shy of qualifying for the national rankings where he would be among the top 50.
50 Percent Threshold
By hitting 24-of-48 shots against Bryant on Dec. 22, Dartmouth hit at least half of its shots for the fifth time this year after reaching that mark only three times in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Big Green shot 50 percent or better at least five times in one season was the 2013-14 campaign (7).
900 and Counting
With 14 points at New Hampshire, senior Miles Wright boosted his career scoring total to 930 and has his sights set on becoming the 29th player in program history with 1,000. To reach the milestone, he merely has to average 4.4 points a game for the remainder of the regularly scheduled season.
Emery Scratches the Scoreboard
Sophomore Will Emery had never scored more than eight points in any of his first 19 career games, until he traveled to Chicago for a game against UIC. The forward went 7-of-11 from the floor and hit his only free throw to post a career-high 15 points. Apparently he liked the sensation of scoring in double figures as he added a dozen points in two of the next three games as well.