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Looking to Make Some Noise at Illinois

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 12/10/2013
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The Game: Dartmouth (3-3) at Illinois (8-1)
Location: State Farm Center (16,618), Champaign, Ill.
Tipoff: Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. (CST)
Series Record vs. Illinois: First meeting
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Complete Game Notes


Battling the Big Ten
•    Dartmouth is looking to salvage a victory on this three-game Midwestern swing, but to do so it will have to beat Big Ten foe Illinois in the first meeting between the two schools on the hardwood.
•    The Big Green are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 16-point defeat at IPFW, 80-64.
•    The offense had its moments against the Mastodons, but the defense had trouble stopping them as IPFW shot 56.3 percent for the game.
•    Freshman Eli Harrison saw his first extended action and provided a spark on offense by draining four three-pointers for 12 points.
•    Leading Dartmouth was sophomore forward Connor Boehm who matched a season high with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, plus had a team-high eight rebounds.
•    The player that was leading the Green in scoring entering the IPFW game, Alex Mitola, was held to a single three-pointer.
•    Junior center Gabas Maldunas not only leads Dartmouth on the boards with 9.7 rebounds per game, he also sits atop the Ivy League and ranks 35th nationally.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is in his 11th season overall at Dartmouth, and fourth year of his second stint in Hanover, with a record of 109-165 with the Big Green.

Series vs. Illinois
•    Although Dartmouth has played against nine of the 12 current Big 10 schools, this is the first time it will go up against Illinois.
• The Big Green are 6-21 all-time against current Big 10 schools with victories over Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State (twice).
•    Dartmouth beat Penn State in the East Regional semifinals in 1942, and Ohio State in the East Regional final in 1944 en route to the NCAA Championship game both years.
•    Cormier is 0-4 in his career against Big 10 teams, including two losses to Wisconsin.

Scouting the Illini
•    Illinois opened the season with seven straight victories before faltering at Georgia Tech, 67-64, but took out its frustration against Auburn on Sunday, 81-62.
•    The Illini feature one of the best defenses in the country, yielding just 58.7 points per game (eighth nationally) and allowing opponents to shoot just 37.3 percent (16th).
•    Guard Rayvonte Rice leads the team by far with 18.4 points per game while hitting half of his shots (59-of-118) and converting nearly 80 percent at the line.
•    Two others average in double figures: Tracy Abrams (11.3 ppg) and Joseph Bertrand (11.0), the latter of which leads the squad in field goal percentage (.544).
•    The Illini are shooting under 45 percent as a team and 34 percent from behind the arc. Jon Ekey is the long-range bomber with 20 triples in 48 attempts (.417).
•    Like Dartmouth, Illinois has done well on the boards with a rebound margin of +7.3.
•    The Illini are coached by John Groce, who arrived last season after leading Ohio to the NCAA Tournament twice in four years. The 1994 Taylor University graduate has a 31-14 record at Illinois and 116-70 mark as a head coach.

Must Be a Tractor Boehm
Sophomore Connor Boehm has been spot on when shooting this season, clipping the nets at a 62 percent rate, which ranks 25th in the nation entering this week. In four of the six games, he has knocked down at least half of his shots, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the season opener and 7-of-10 in a victory at Maine to start December. In his last game at IPFW, the 6-7 forward sank 7-of-13 field goals to lead the Big Green with 15 points.

Harrison Heats Up
After playing a total of six minutes in the first five games, and two three-pointers in as many tries, freshman Eli Harrison was given his first extended action at IPFW on Dec. 7. The rookie made the most of his opportunity, draining four triples in six attempts to provide the Big Green with an offensive spark. His long-range bombs went for naught, however, as Dartmouth suffered its worst defeat of the season, 80-64.

Consistency is Golden
If there is one thing junior John Golden has been so far this season, it is consistent — at least when it comes to scoring. The wing has scored between 8 and 13 points in every game and had exactly four field goals in five of the six games. He also has dished out exactly two assists in five of the six contests.

Biggest D-I Win in 16 Years
With its 81-56 victory at Maine on Dec. 1, Dartmouth posted its largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent in over 16 years. The last time the Big Green won by at least 25 versus a D-I team came on Valentine’s Day in 1997 when they pummeled Columbia in New York, 82-47.

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