|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.463||.459|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.351||.368|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.785||.725|
Twin-State Rival in Town
• What better place to be than Leede Arena for Dartmouth to try and end a personal nine-game skid against its Twin State rival, Vermont? The Big Green are 3-1 this season at home.
• Last time out, Dartmouth fell behind Harvard by 15 in the second half before rallying to take a three-point lead with six minutes to go, only to lose its 11th straight Ivy League opener, 61-51.
• Miles Wright carried the Big Green in Cambridge with a season-high 23 points, seven boards and three steals, each of which led all players.
• The loss to Harvard was just the second game in which Dartmouth shot less than 40 percent (.378) and the first with just one player in double figures.
• Wright leads the team in scoring (13.2 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg), blocks and steals while posting career highs in all three shooting percentages.
• Dartmouth would like to get Brendan Barry back on track offensively. The sophomore, who averages 11.8 ppg, tallied eight points over the last two games since putting up a career-high 25 in a 75-58 win over Bryant on Dec. 22.
• The Big Green rank third in the Ivy League in both field goal percentage (.458) and 3-point percentage (.359) with its three most prolific outside shooters — Wright, Barry and Aaryn Rai — knocking down 71-of-163 triples (.436).
• Since shooting 37.2 percent from behind the arc in the first 10 games, Dartmouth has hit just 9-of-36 (.250) over the last two contests.
Series vs. Vermont
• In 101 games to date with the Catamounts, Dartmouth has the advantage, 57-44.
• This is the 56th consecutive year they have met on the hardwood, the longest streak for any Dartmouth non-conference opponent.
• The Catamounts have had the upper hand with a 36-14 mark over the past 44 seasons, while winning the last nine and 17 of the last 18.
• The lone Big Green win in the last 17 years came at Leede Arena nine years ago, 76-75.
• The Big Green dominated the series through 1972, winning 44 of 51 games against Vermont.
• Trae-Bell Haynes (19 points) led the Catamounts to a 73-58 win in Burlington last year. Dartmouth shot 47.8 percent and 53.8 percent from distance, but no player tallied more than 10 points.
Scouting the Catamounts
• The unanimous preseason pick to win the America East this season, Vermont is off to another fine start despite playing just four home games to date.
• The Catamounts have won their last four games and back in November won the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.
• Vermont is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country at 41.2 percent as a team (16th).
• The Catamounts also lead their conference in field goal percentage (.483), free throw percentage (.739) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25).
• Four players put up double figures nightly, but leading scorer and rebounder Anthony Lamb (16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg) recently broke his foot and will be sidelined for up to two months.
• Ernie Duncan is the active scoring leader at 12.4 ppg while shooting 43 percent (37-of-86) from the perimeter and 88.9 pct. (40-of-45) at the line.
• Trae Bell-Haynes (11.5 ppg) and 6-8 Payton Henson (11.4) also average over 10 points a night, while Henson also hauls in 5.9 boards a game.
• Drew Urquhart, a 6-8 forward, has been an efficient scorer, shooting 61.0 percent (50-of-82) and even hit 7-of-13 (.538) from deep.
• John Becker (Catholic ’90) is 150-74 in his seventh year at the helm of the Catamounts, taking the squad to the postseason in each of his first six seasons, including the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and ’17. Last year he was the USBWA District I Coach of the Year after a 29-6 season.
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 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.
Most Rested Team?
Entering its game with Vermont, Dartmouth has played a dozen games this year, fewer than every other Division I team in the country. And only five squads have played just 13 games — three in the Ivy league (Brown, Columbia, Cornell), along with Incarnate Word and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. After playing the Catamounts, the only four teams to have played just 13 games will be the Ivy schools.
The Wright Stuff
Yes, it’s an easy title for a note, but when a player leads everyone in a game with 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals, my hand gets forced. Senior Miles Wright posted those numbers at Harvard in the 61-51 loss on Jan. 6, marking his second 20-point game of the season and the seventh of his career (two coming against the Crimson). Over the last five games, Wright has led the Big Green in scoring four times, averaging 15.1 ppg while shooting nearly 50 percent overall (26-of-53) and from 3-point range (14-of-30).
Near Case of Déjà Vu
When the Big Green rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to take a three-point lead with six minutes to play at Harvard in the Ivy League opener on Jan. 6, it looked eerily similar to the game at Lavietes Pavilion two years ago. Dartmouth erased a 17-point difference with a 26-2 run to defeat the Crimson with a 30-point swing in a 63-50 triumph. But Harvard embarked on a late 12-point run to swing the tide back in its favor in the 61-51 defeat.
Even with seniors Miles Wright and Taylor Johnson in the starting lineup, Dartmouth has had a lot of minutes doled out to underclassmen this season. Of the 2,400 minutes played on the court, 1,596 (66.5 percent) have been taken by freshmen and sophomores, led by point guard Brendan Barry who ranks among the top 100 players in the country in minutes per game (34:50).
Top-Three Shooting Teams
Over the last 10 seasons, a total of 15 Ivy League teams have ranked among the top three in the conference in all three shooting percentages — field goals, 3-pointers and free throws. Of those 15 teams, 13 finished in the top half of the final standings. Why do I bring this up? Well, Dartmouth currently is third in both field goal percentage (.458) and 3-point percentage (.359), plus second in free throw percentage (.746). The other two teams? Both finished one game outside the top half.