The Games: Dartmouth (6-16, 2-6) at Yale (10-15, 4-4), Brown (9-13, 3-5)
Location: Lee Amphitheater (2,532), New Haven, Conn.; Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800), Providence, R.I.
Tipoff: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
Series Record vs. Yale: Bulldogs lead 105-96
Series Record vs. Brown: Big Green lead 76-70
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Live Video - Yale All-Access (Friday); Brown All-Access (Saturday)
Complete Game Notes
Road Trip Starts at Yale, Brown
• Dartmouth looks to get back on track at Yale and Brown this weekend, having lost its last three contests after posting its first win streak — and road victory — in nearly four years.
• The Big Green could not salvage a split at home last weekend despite taking a 12-point lead at the half against Penn. The Quakers rallied to win by 10 a day after Princeton won handily, 73-55.
• Sophomore Gabas Maldunas led Dartmouth in both scoring and rebounding in both games, first tallying 16 points with eight rebounds against the Tigers, then recording his sixth career double-double with 19 points and 10 boards versus Penn.
• Maldunas is bidding to become the first Big Green player to average double figures in scoring since Alex Barnett in 2008-09. The center needs to score just 44 points in the final six contests (7.33 ppg) to achieve the mark.
• Another player could average 10 points a game for the season as well — freshman Alex Mitola, who needs 58 points in the last six games (9.7 ppg). The last freshman to hit double digits was Leon Pattman at 13.2 ppg in 2003-04.
• Dartmouth will need a better defensive showing to earn some W’s on the road. The opposition has shot at least 50 percent in each of the last three games, and in five of the eight Ivy contests.
Series vs. Yale
• Dartmouth has played the Bulldogs 201 times entering this contest. Yale has the advantage with a 105-96 mark against the Big Green.
• The Big Green ended a personal seven-game skid against the Bulldogs three weeks ago with a 71-62 victory at Leede Arena as Maldunas led four players in double figures with 16 points off the bench.
• Yale has won 21 of the last 25 meetings.
• Dartmouth is 27-51 all-time against Yale at Lee Amphitheater with their last win coming in 1999. The Big Green also played an Ivy playoff game at this venue in 1959, beating Princeton, 69-68.
• Coach Cormier is 10-12 all-time against the Bulldogs, 8-11 while at Dartmouth.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Yale got off to a bit of a rough start this season, dropping five of its first six games, and three of its first four Ivy contests. But the Bulldogs have won three of four since faltering in Hanover with the biggest win coming at Princeton, 69-65.
• Last weekend Yale split a pair of home games, dropping a 68-61 game to Cornell before rebounding to dismantle Columbia, 75-56.
• Guard Austin Morgan (11.3 ppg) and freshman forward Justin Sears (10.7) both average in double figures to pace Yale offensively. Sears did not play against the Big Green three weeks ago.
• Most of Morgan’s points come from behind a line, whether the three-point arc (51-of-142, 35.9 pct.) or the charity stripe (81-of-88, 89.4 pct.).
• Sears, meanwhile, does his work on the blocks, shooting an even 50 percent while leading the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg).
• Yale has proven to be the top rebounding team in the league, pulling down close to six more boards per game in conference play.
• Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86) is the longest tenured head coach in the Ivy League, now in his 14th year with an overall record of 186-205 and a share of an Ivy title to his credit (2001-02).
Maldunas the Merciless
In a flash over the Feb. 15-16 weekend against Princeton and Penn, sophomore Gabas Maldunas scored 35 points — the most over any two-game stretch of his career — and grabbed 18 rebounds. The center also recorded his second double-double this season (and sixth of his career) with 19 points and 10 boards versus the Quakers.
Halftime Lead Dissolves
It seemed as if Dartmouth had the game against Penn on Feb. 16 well in hand when it took a 12-point lead into the locker room at 30-18. But the Quakers outscored the Big Green by 22 in the second stanza to steal a 67-57 victory at Leede Arena. Still, Dartmouth is 5-3 this year when taking a lead into halftime, which is quite the improvement from last year’s team that was 3-8.
Finding the Golden Touch
After playing at Longwood on Dec. 1, sophomore John Golden had hit on 11-of-26 three-point attempts, a 42.3 percent rate, and was close to 40 percent for his career. But the next two-plus months, Golden’s touch had lost its magic at 14-for-51 (.275) spanning 15 games. The magic returned, however, against Princeton and Penn as the wing connected on 5-of-8 from outside.
Putting the “Free” in Free Throws
Freshmen Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola haven’t gotten to the foul line terribly often, but when they do, they make the shots count. Both have converted every free throw they have taken in conference games, and Boehm has a string of 15 straight makes dating back to the Army game on Jan. 8. Mitola has made only 13 in a row, but his streak goes back to Dec. 15 at Arizona State.
On these Dates ...
... in 1957, Dartmouth trounced Penn and Cornell en route to a second-place finish in the msecond season of the Ivy League. The Big Green beat the Quakers by 24, 76-52, then came right back the next night and dismantled the Big Red, 84-49, both in Hanover. The next game was the decisive one in the league standings, however, as Yale came to town and just nipped Dartmouth, 57-56, as the Bulldogs won the conference crown by two games. This was the only season among the first four in league play that the Green did not win the title.