The Game: Dartmouth (2-6) at Arizona State (8-2)
Location: Wells Fargo Arena (14,198), Tempe, Ariz.
Tipoff: Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m. (EST)
Series Record vs. ASU: Sun Devils lead 1-0
Television - Pac-12 Network (Matt McConnell play-by-play, Matt Muehlebach analyst)
Radio - Sirius 139 and XM 193
Complete Game Notes
Go West Young Men
• Dartmouth, the second youngest Division I squad by average years of collegiate experience, plays its only game west of the Mississippi this year in this contest at Arizona State.
• The Big Green will be attempting to snap its second three-game slide of the season. On Wednesday, they came up just short at Vermont as two three-point shots in the final seconds failed to fall in the 52-50 defeat at their twin-state rival.
• Leading the offense once again was sophomore Gabas Maldunas with 14 points to go along with nine rebounds. The big man is Dartmouth’s leading scorer with 12.3 points per game. Classmate John Golden joined Maldunas in double figures with 12 points.
• Freshman forward Connor Boehm got his first career start against the Catamounts, narrowly missing out on his second double-double as he provided nine points and a game-high 10 boards.
• Dartmouth took 20 more shots than Vermont while attempting just seven fewer free throws. The Big Green also forced four more turnovers and had 10 more offensive rebounds, yet could not find a way to pull out the road win.
• Since starting the season hitting 77.0 percent (57-of-74) at the charity stripe over the first four games, the Green have struggled mightily at just 28-of-58 (.483) from the foul line.
Series vs. Arizona State
• This is just the second time these two schools have met on the hardwood. The Sun Devils won the initial contest back right here almost exactly 23 years ago, 66-55, on Dec. 19, 1989.
• Dartmouth has played 22 games against current Pac-12 schools, sporting a 3-19 record in those matchups. The victories came against Oregon (1971), Stanford (1938) and USC (1955).
• Head coach Paul Cormier was at the helm of the Green for that 11-point loss to ASU 23 years ago, and is 0-2 against Pac-12 schools in his career.
Scouting the Sun Devils
• Arizona State has established a pattern of winning four then losing one this season. Unfortunately for Dartmouth, ASU’s last game was a 78-61 home loss to DePaul.
• All but one of the Sun Devils’ 10 games have been decided by double digits, with the anomaly a 71-63 victory here over Hartford 10 days ago.
• This is Arizona State’s second game against an Ivy school this year, having defeated Cornell on Nov. 20 by a 64-53 final, though ASU shot just 35.2 pct. in the game, its only time under 43 pct. this year.
• The Sun Devils feature four players scoring in double figures, led by Jahii Carson at 17.9 ppg. The point guard also has a team-high 53 assists.
• Two of the ASU big men are shooting better than 60 percent from the floor — forward Carrick Felix (.606, 15.3 ppg) and center Jordan Bachynski (.615, 10.8 ppg plus 5.2 blocks per game).
• Jonathan Gilling and Evan Gordon are the most prolific three-point shooters on the team with 23 and 20 triples, repsectively.
• ASU averages over 77 points a game while shooting 47.5 pct. from the floor but just 63.4 pct. at the foul line.
• Herb Sendek is in his seventh season coaching the Sun Devils with a 105-97 record and 359-255 mark in this his 20th year as a head coach.
Since shooting a season-high 44.9 percent from the floor in the opener against Maine, Dartmouth has seen its shooting percentage go up and down like a yo-yo. In the odd-numbered games, the Big Green have shot at least 40 percent and won two of the four games. In even-numbered games, Dartmouth has not shot better than 31.6 percent and lost all four. As a matter of fact, the Big Green have lost 51 consecutive games in which they did not shoot at least 40 percent, dating back to a 67-53 win over Columbia on Feb. 28, 2009.
Looking for 100 at Dartmouth
Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek won his 100th game with the Sun Devils earlier this year, and Dartmouth’s is looking to match that accomplishment. In the third year of his second stint in Hanover, Cormier is 99-149 in this his 10th season with the Big Green and 185-260 in 17 seasons as a head coach.
Most teams will score more points in the second half compared to the first, and Dartmouth is no exception. But its shooting percentages rise across the board after the intermission:
|1st Half||Stat||2nd Half|
Lowering the Boehm
OK, so it’s pronounced BAIM. Sue me. Anyway, after five games, freshman had just seven points and nine rebounds to his credit. But he broke out at Elon on Dec. 4, topping both totals while recording his first career double-double with 12 points and a dozen rebounds. He nearly posted another one at Vermont on Wednesday with nine points and 10 caroms in his first career start.
Ball Control Coming Under Control
Dartmouth averaged more than 15 turnovers per game through the first five contests this year. Over the last three games, however, the Big Green have done a much better job of hanging on to the basketball, averaging just 11 turnovers.