|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.473||.416|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.353||.332|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.784||.723|
Wrapping Up Non-Conference Play
• Dartmouth is looking to pull off an upset at Boston College to conclude its non-conference slate.
• Over the past month, the Big Green have lost five of six with the lone victory a convincing 75-58 triumph over Bryant on Dec. 22.
• This is Dartmouth’s second foray into the ACC this year having lost at Notre Dame on Dec. 19 despite hitting 15 3-pointers in a 97-87 game.
• Last time out, America East favorites Vermont held off the Green in Hanover, 91-78, thanks to a 21-5 margin in points off turnovers.
• Taylor Johnson led four players in double figures with 17 points and is one of four active players averaging at least 10 points a game (11.0).
• As a team Dartmouth hit 11 triples against the Catamounts and posted season highs in field goal percentage (.583) and 3-point percentage (.550).
• Miles Wright leads the team in several statistical categories, including scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounding (5.0 rpg), steals (21) and blocked shots (12).
• Three starters are shooting at least 40 percent from the perimeter, led by freshman Aaryn Rai (.500, 18-of-36) with Brendan Barry not far behind (.464, 32-of-69) and Wright just above the threshold (.406, 28-of-69).
• As a team, Dartmouth ranks second among Ivy League schools in the three percentages — field goal (.466), 3-point (.373) and free throw (.739).
Series vs. Boston College
• The Eagles have won 21 of the 29 meetings with Dartmouth, dating back to a 60-13 Big Green victory in 1905.
• Boston College handed Dartmouth an 88-70 defeat last year as Jerome Robinson posted 27 points. Taylor Johnson and Miles Wright are the leading returning scorers from that game for the Green with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
• In the last 41 years, Dartmouth claims just one win in 11 games, that being an 80-74 victory on Nov. 29, 1988. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the last time BC came to Hanover.
• The last Big Green victory in the series on the road came on Jan. 3, 1963, by a 58-50 final.
• Dartmouth is 0-6 at the Conte Forum since it opened in November of 1988.
• The Big Green are 18-65 against current ACC schools, with seven wins against Syracuse, and one each versus Miami, North Carolina and Pitt.
Scouting the Eagles
• Boston College got off to a terrific start, winning 10 of its first 13 games, including an 89-84 victory over then-top-ranked Duke to start ACC play, but has since lost three of four, all in conference action.
• While their first four league games were all tight affairs, the Eagles took one on the chin at UNC on Tuesday in a 30-point defeat, 96-66.
• Jerome Robinson (18.2 ppg), Ky Bowman (16.1) and Jordan Chatman (13.3) dominate the stat sheet.
• Robinson is shooting 47.1 percent on his 40 3-pointers made and 84 percent at the line while dishing out 3.2 assists a night.
• Bowman brings a big game for a 6-1 guard with nearly seven boards per contest to go with a team-best five assists per game.
• Chatman can also light it up shooting, hitting 43 percent (40-of-93) from long range and 91.5 percent at the line, 12th best in the country.
• Freshman Steffon Mitchell provides a strong post presence with 7.7 rpg and a team-high 21 blocks.
• The defense is predicated on forcing bad shots, not steals as the Eagles rank in the bottom 15 nationally at 4.4 swipes per game.
• Jim Christian (Rhode Island ’88) is in his fourth season as the Clement and Elizabeth Izzi Family Head Coach with a 40-73 record to date. Now in his 16th season as a Division I head coach, he boasts an overall mark of 282-227 with eight 20-win seasons — six at Kent State and two at Ohio.
ACC Network Extra Broadcast
This is the last game this season that will not be available on the Ivy League Network. Fans can tune in to ACC Network Extra through the ESPN3.com website. This is the sixth of 10 Dartmouth games that are available on the family of ESPN networks this season, including the Big Green’s first appearance on an over-the-top network in 34 years at Notre Dame on Dec. 19 (ESPNU).
Most Rested Team?
By the time Dartmouth tips off against Boston College on Saturday, the Big Green will have played fewer games (13) than any other team in the country. The only other three squads with 13 are all Ivy League teams, and they all will have played on Friday night.
Even though Dartmouth lost to Vermont on Jan. 10, it was the Big Green’s eighth-best shooting performance (by field goal percentage) of the past 21 seasons. Dartmouth hit 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the floor, its highest rate against a Division I team in nearly three years (60.4 in an 84-71 win at Columbia on Feb. 27, 2015). And only five other times in the past 21 years have the Big Green hit as many 3-pointers (11) at as high a percentage (.550).Dartmouth has now had 41 games since the 1997-98 campaign in which it shot at least 52.5 percent, and it has a record of 34-7 (.829) in those games.
Johnson Making a New Name
Entering the season, senior Taylor Johnson was known for his long-range shooting, having hit 48-of-118 (.407) from downtown. But he was also pretty good inside the arc at 70-135 (.519). This year, he has been nothing short of terrific when shooting two-point shots, draining 67.7 percent (42-of-62), while hit outside shot has been off a bit at 29.5 percent (13-of-44). Against Vermont, however, he found his stroke, hitting 3-of-5 3-pointers while tallying 17 points.
Back in Double Digits
When the Big Green lost to Harvard on Jan. 6, it was the first game in which neither sophomore Brendan Barry and freshman Chris Knight scored at least 10 points. But the two got back on track against Vermont as they both recorded their 10th games in double figures this year with 13 and 14 points, respectively. Taylor Johnson led the team with 17, and Will Emery also got into the act with 10, marking the fourth time this year Dartmouth has had at least four players hit double digits. Oddly enough, the Green have lost all four of those games.
900 and Counting
Senior Miles Wright enters the game against Boston College with 962 points and has his sights set on becoming the 29th player in program history with 1,000. The last player to reach the milestone was Connor Boehm ’16 who scored his 1,000th point against Cornell on Jan. 30, 2016.
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 second in field goal percentage (.466), 3-point percentage (.373), and free throw percentage (.739). And only five teams in that time span finished in the top two in all three — three won the league title, the other two finished second.
50 Percent Threshold
By hitting 28-of-48 shots against Vermont, Dartmouth hit at least half of its shots for the sixth 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 six times in one season was the 2013-14 campaign (7).
Wrong Side of Perfection
In the 91-78 loss to Vermont, Dartmouth fans saw a rare sight when Catamount guard Trae Bell-Haynes was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor, plus converted all six of his free throws. He is the first Big Green opponent to not miss a field goal with at least 10 makes in at least 21 years. I’m still looking that up, but it’s not exactly the highest priority. On a positive note, Brendan Barry was a perfect 3-of-3 from outside the arc, so there’s that.