The Games: Dartmouth (6-18, 2-8) at Penn (7-19, 4-5), Princeton (14-9, 7-2)
Location: The Palestra (8,722) Philadelphia, Pa.; Jadwin Gym (6,854), Princeton, N.J.
Tipoff: Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m.
Series Record vs. Penn: Quakers lead 148-56
Series Record vs. Princeton: Tigers lead 143-61
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Complete Game Notes
Road Trip Starts at Yale, Brown
• Dartmouth finishes its road slate this season with games at the historic Palestra against Penn then the final one at Princeton.
• The Big Green were swept last weekend at Yale and Brown for the eighth straight year, falling 78-67 to the Bulldogs before losing 59-50 to the Bears.
• Sophomore Gabas Maldunas and freshman Alex Mitola provided some impressive individual performances at Yale with Maldunas matching a career high with 13 rebounds and setting another with six blocks, while Mitola set a Dartmouth freshman record with seven three-pointers while scoring 27 points, the most by and Big Green player this season.
• Both Maldunas and Mitola are bidding to become the first Big Green players to average double figures in scoring since Alex Barnett in 2008-09. Mitola needs just 23 points in the final four games, while Maldunas needs 32.
• Dartmouth is playing the final seven games of the year without sophomore forward Jvonte Brooks who suffered a thumb injury against Princeton in the first meeting between the two teams.
• To end their current five-game skid, Dartmouth will need to clamp down on defense. Opponents have shot 50.2 percent over the five contests.
Series vs. Penn
• Dartmouth has squared off against the Quakers 204 times previously with Penn holding a lopsided 148-56 advantage.
• The Quakers have won the past seven meetings, the most recent coming two weeks ago when Dartmouth failed to hold a 12-point halftime lead. The last Big Green victory came at The Palestra on Feb. 20, 2009, by a final of 69-59.
• Head coach Paul Cormier is 4-14 against Penn in his collegiate coaching career.
• Since the Palestra opened on Jan. 1, 1927, the Green have posted a 17-69 record against the Quakers there, but have won just three times in the last 53 contests in the arena.
Scouting the Quakers
• Penn has had its share of tough luck this year with four losses by two points each and another in overtime. But the Quakers have won three of five, most recently a 79-71 triumph at Cornell.
• Of the 13 players that have seen action this year, 12 have started at least one game, partly due to some key injuries.
• Penn has seen more shots from three-point range since the start of Ivy play, hitting 37.1 percent.
• Guard Miles Cartwright is the Quakers’ leading scorer at 13.6 ppg overall, but Tony Hicks — the league’s reigning Rookie of the Week after scoring 29 against the Big Red — leads in conference play at 13.8 ppg.
• With the loss of Fran Dougherty, Darien Nelson-Henry has become the big presence in the lane with a team-leading 5.1 rebounds per Ivy game.
• Dartmouth will keep an eye on Henry Books and Jamal Lewis as well, both of whom scored 14 in the first game against the Big Green.
• Head coach Jerome Allen (Penn ’09) played for the Quakers from 1991-95 and became the head coach on Dec. 14, 2009, taking over the program in midseason. He sports a record of 46-61 but is 7-0 against the Big Green.
Series vs. Princeton
• This is the 205th game in the series that dates back to 1905. The Tigers have the edge at 143-61.
• Princeton has won the past seven meetings, including the 73-55 game at Leede Arena two weeks ago. The last Big Green victory came on Feb. 21, 2009 by a final of 66-63 in New Jersey, just the third win at Jadwin Gym in the 44 times Dartmouth has played there.
• Big Green head coach is 4-15 versus the Tigers during his collegiate coaching career.
• The first game between the two schools on the hardwood was a 37-8 Big Green victory on the Princeton campus on Dec. 12, 1905.
Scouting the Tigers
• Princeton kept pace with Harvard last weekend with a sweep at Columbia and Cornell. But the Tigers need a win on Friday against the Crimson to get back to even in the loss column.
• Six of the seven league victories for the Tigers have been by at least 10 points, while they are just 1-2 in Ivy games decided by single digits.
• Princeton has been red-hot shooting the ball since Ivy play began, hitting 51.8 percent from the floor and 66-of-130 (.508) from behind the arc.
• Ian Hummer, Denton Koon and T.J. Bray have torched conference opponents for more than 43 points a game while shooting 57.6 percent overall and 55.0 percent (33-of-60) on three-pointers.
• Hummer is also the Tigers’ top rebounder at 6.3 per game for the season, while Hans Brase and Will Barrett have stepped up their presence on the blocks in league play at 5.9 and 5.4, respectively.
• Defensively Princeton has allowed other Ivies to shoot 41.7 percent and 31.0 percent from three.
• Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) is in his second year heading up his alma mater with a 34-21 record to date. He played in three NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers and spent 11 years as an assistant at Northwestern.
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Free Throw Follies
Both Connor Boehm and had long free throw streaks come to an end at Brown on Feb. 23. Boehm had converted 19 straight foul shots — dating back to Jan. 8 — when his first of four attempts banged off the iron. Mitola also misfired from the charity stripe, ending a string of 15 consecutive makes dating back more than two months to the loss at Arizona State on Dec. 15. Both players are shooting better than 85 percent at the line.
The 500 Club
As young as Dartmouth is, it is no surprise that no one on the current roster is on the cusp of reaching 1,000 career points. But in consecutive games, the Big Green did have a player surpass 500 points. First, sophomore achieved the modest milestone when he scored 19 points against Penn on Feb. 16. In the very next contests, junior Tyler Melville reached the mark. Maldunas is currently the active scoring leader with 521 points, but Melville is right behind with 515.
Freshman has made a quite a name for himself with his prolific three-point shooting, but he outdid himself at Yale by setting a school freshman record with seven triples. His 27 points were also the most by a freshman since Leon Pattman ’07 dropped 29 against Vermont and Hartford in consecutive games in 2004.
Good Luck Charm No More
When Dartmouth beat Yale back on Feb. 2, freshman Brandon McDonnell made his first collegiate start. He was in the lineup again the next game at Columbia, and the Big Green picked up another victory. But in the next three games, he came off the bench and Dartmouth lost. McDonnell was back in the lineup at Yale on Feb. 22, but the luck was lost as the Green suffered a 78-67 defeat.
Maldunas the Merciless
In a flash over the Feb. 15-16 weekend against Princeton and Penn, sophomore 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. In the very next game, he matched a career high with 13 rebounds and blocked a career-best six shots at Yale.