Dartmouth Hosting Defending Champion Harvard Saturday
The Game: Dartmouth (3-10, 0-0) vs. Harvard (8-5, 0-0)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m.
Series Record vs. Harvard: Big Green lead 94-80
Live Audio, Video - Big Green Insider (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
New Season Starts with Ivy Slate
• Dartmouth opens Ivy play by hosting the defending Ivy League champion, Harvard. This is the 26th consecutive season the two teams have begun their league schedule against each other.
• Earlier this week, the Big Green ended a seven-game slide by trouncing Army, 75-58. It was the largest margin of victory in over two years.
• Dartmouth enjoyed a fine shooting night against the Black Knights, draining 10 three-pointers in 19 attempts for a season-best 52.6 percentage.
• Five players scored in double figures for the Green, led by sophomores John Golden and Gabas Maldunas with 13 apiece.
• Both junior Tyler Melville and freshman Kevin Crescenzi came off the bench to connect on each of their two three-point attempts, while freshman Alex Mitola continued his accuracy behind the arc with three triples in six tries.
• The Big Green dominated the boards, grabbing 44 rebounds to Army’s 27. Sophomore Jvonte Brooks boasted a season-high 12 caroms, while Golden and rookie Connor Boehm each had eight.
• The defense snapped out of a two-and-a-half-game funk by holding the Black Knights to 35.8 percent from the floor, the second-lowest mark for a Dartmouth opponent this year. In the previous five halves, the opposition had shot 54.5 percent overall and 54.8 percent behind the arc.
Series vs. Harvard
• While Dartmouth has a 94-80 advantage all-time, Harvard has won the last six encounters, including both games last year by 16 points each.
• At Leede Arena, the Big Green have a 10-14 mark, but their last win in the series at home came five years ago in a 73-56 triumph.
• Paul Cormier is 12-9 against Harvard in his career, which includes three wins while at Fairfield.
• While Dartmouth dominated the first 60 years of the series with a 56-14 record through 1960, the the Big Green have mustered just a 38-66 mark since then, including a 5-20 record since 2000.
Scouting the Crimson
• Harvard has won six of its last eight games with the lone losses coming on the road at UConn (by eight) and St. Mary’s (by one).
• Last time on the court, the Crimson pummeled Rice by 30, 92-62, as they made 64.6 percent (31-of-48) of their shots with Laurent Rivard and Wesley Saunders each scoring 21 points.
• This is one of the top shooting teams in the country, knocking down 47.7 percent of its shots (25th among Division I teams at the start of the week) and 42.3 percent of its long balls (fifth).
• Saunders leads Harvard with 16.2 points per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor.
• Joining Saunders in double figures are freshman point guard Siyani Chambers (12.6 ppg) and Rivard (11.3) who has 37 treys out of his 43 FG. Chambers has hit nearly haf of his three-pointers (24-of-51) and dishes out six assists per game.
• No player averages more than 4.8 rebounds in 6-6 forward Jonah Travis, but the Crimson have the edge on the glass with 2.3 more boards a game.
• Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) is in his sixth season at Harvard’s helm, and won his 100th game with the Crimson in that victory over Rice. He is 100-61 in Cambridge and 276-200 in his career that has taken him to Seton Hall for four seasons (68-55) and Michigan for six (108-84).
Time to Climb the Ivy
Dartmouth is looking to begin climbing the Ivy standings after finishing at the bottom of the league each of the past three seasons with identical 1-13 marks. The last time the Big Green placed among the top half of the conference came in 2008-09 when Ivy Player of the Year Alex Barnett ’09 led the squad to a 7-7 mark to tie for fourth place. And the last Ancient Eight crown for Dartmouth came in the 1958-59 season.
Convincing End to 7-Game Slide
Before hosting Army on Jan. 8, Dartmouth had lost seven straight games dating back to a road victory at Longwood on Dec. 1. But the Big Green dominated the Black Knights to bring an end to the skid in convincing fashion, drilling 10-of-19 three-pointers and opening a lead as large as 25 before settling for a 75-58 win. It was the largest margin of victory in over two years and first game with at least 70 points since Jan. 14 of last year.
Five for Double Figures
No less than five players scored at least 10 points against Army on Jan. 8, with a sixth tallying nine. Sophomores and each had 13 points to lead the Big Green, freshmen and added 11 apiece, and junior chipped in 10 off the bench. The last time Dartmouth had five players reach double digits came against Longwood last season in an 83-67 triumph in Leede Arena.
Double Digits? How About Triple?
became the fifth head coach to reach 100 victories at Dartmouth when the Big Green topped Army on Jan. 8, 75-58. Now in the third year of his second stint in Hanover, Cormier is 100-153 in this his 10th season with the Big Green and 186-264 overall in 17 seasons as a head coach.
Pounding the Glass
Before playing Army on Jan. 8, Dartmouth had been taking a beating on the boards, getting outrebounded by an average margin of nine the previous four contests. That changed against the Black Knights, a team that enjoyed a rebound margin of just over four entering the game. The Big Green hoarded 44 rebounds — including a season-high 12 for sophomore — compared to just 27 for Army, their largest margin (+17) since a victory at Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 25, 2011.
One game after allowing Colgate to post the second-best three-point percentage by a Dartmouth opponent with at least five triples (10-13, .769) — ever — the Big Green responded against Army by connecting on 10-of-19 (.526) from downtown, their best percentage with at least five treys since … you guessed it, Longwood from last season. Dartmouth had 10 threes in that game as well in just 16 attempts (.625).