Men Hit the Road To Take On Brown, Yale
The Games: Dartmouth (4-14, 0-2) at Brown (6-13, 0-2)/Yale (12-4, 2-0)
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800), Providence, R.I./Lee Amphitheater (2,532), New Haven, Conn.
Tipoff: Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m./Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Brown: Big Green lead, 75-68
Series Record vs. Yale: Bulldogs lead, 103-95
Live Video - BrownBears.com ($)/Yale Game Central ($)
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
Brown, Yale Up Next
• After opening Ivy League play with two games against nationally ranked Harvard, Dartmouth’s first full road weekend in conference play comes at Brown and Yale where the Big Green have been swept each of the past six seasons.
• The Green had about 30 good minutes against the Crimson in both match-ups, but Harvard was able to pull away in the final 10 minutes each time.
• The 38 points were the fewest for Dartmouth since losing by an identical 54-38 score to Princeton two years ago.
• Leede Arena was sold out against Harvard, the first sellout since #8 Virginia came to town on Dec. 30, 2000.
• Freshman Jvonte Brooks nearly posted his third double-double when he led the Big Green with 12 points and nine rebounds against the Crimson.
• Fellow rookie Gabas Maldunas leads the team in scoring (9.3 points) and rebounds (6.9) per game, the latter of which places him sixth in the league.
• Dartmouth features four players with at least 20 three-point field goals — junior R.J. Griffin (32), senior Jabari Trotter and freshman John Golden (23 apiece), and senior David Rufful (20).
Series vs. Brown
• While the Bears have won eight of the last nine and 17 of 22 against Dartmouth, the Green still hold the advantage in the all-time series, 75-68.
• The lone Dartmouth victory in the last nine meetings came in overtime in 2009 at Leede Arena, 63-61.
• At the Pizzitola Sports Center, Dartmouth has a respectable 9-13 record, but has dropped 11 of the last 12, including the past five.
• Last year’s game here featured Brown hitting the century mark in a 100-76 loss, the first Ivy team to put triple digits on the board against Dartmouth since Penn nine years earlier.
• The first two games between the two schools on the hardwood came in February of 1902 with the Big Green winning both games, 70-14 and 39-20.
Scouting the Bears
• Brown played its final non-conference game of the year on Monday, winning at Bryant, 67-60, to snap a six-game losing streak.
• Other victories include Hartford, Monmouth, Rhode Island and Central Connecticut State.
• The Bears are last in the league in scoring margin and field goal percentage defense.
• Sophomore point guard Sean McGonagill does most everything for Brown, leading the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg, 2nd in Ivy), and ranking second in rebounding (4.1 rpg).
• McGonagill and Stephen Albrecht are the most prolific three-point threats, each with more than 40 three-pointers, though reserve Jean Harris has been the most efficient bomber at 41.8 percent.
• Andrew McCarthy is the top rebounder at 7.7 per game, plus averages 10.3 points while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor.
• One year after ranking second in the Ivy League in free throw percentage, the Bears have plummeted to last at just 63.5 percent.
• Head coach Jesse Agel (Vermont ’84) is in his fourth year at the helm of the Brown program, having produced a 37-69 record to date.
Series vs. Yale
• This is the 199th game played between Dartmouth and the Bulldogs with Yale holding a slim 103-95 advantage to date.
• The Bulldogs have won the last five meetings and 19 of the previous 22, with all three Big Green wins coming in Hanover.
• Dartmouth took the Bulldogs to overtime in the most recent meeting last February, but Yale prevailed on its home court, 79-75.
• Dartmouth is 27-50 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.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Yale begins the weekend as one of three teams at 2-0 in Ivy League play, but hosts Harvard on Friday in a showdown of the teams picked to finish 1-2 in the preseason polls.
• The Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 here in Lee Amphitheater entering the weekend as well.
• By far the highest scoring team in the league at 75.4 points per game, Yale is also formidable in the lane with the league’s best rebound margin (+7.1) and 73 blocked shots.
• Starrring for the Bulldogs is 6-11 center Greg Mangano who averages a double-double at 19.4 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 49.8 percent. He also leads the league with 40 blocks.
• Austin Morgan and Reggie Willhite also put up double digits at 13.1 and 12.6 points a night, respectively. Morgan is deadly from the outside with 42 threes at a .442 clip, and Willhite is a point forward, leading the team in assists and steals.
• Another big body in the post is forward Jeremiah Kreisberg who produces 8.0 points and 5.8 boards.
• Head coach (Albany ’86) is the longest current tenured head coach in the Ivy League, now in his 13th year with an overall record of 169-185 and a share of an Ivy title to his credit from the 2001-02 season.
Looking to End a Trend
In each of the past six seasons, Dartmouth has lost both games during its weekend trip to Brown and Yale. The last Big Green victory in Providence came in 2005 by a 48-40 score, while the most recent triumph in New Haven came during the 1999 campaign in an 80-65 contest.
For the 30th time in the 25 seasons of Leede Arena, Dartmouth hosted a sellout during its 54-38 loss to #24 Harvard on Jan. 21, but first since Dec. 30, 2000 when #8 Virginia came to town. Athough the Big Green are just 16-14 in those 30 sellouts, they were 14-1 in the first two years at Leede.
Ranked Team at Leede Arena
When Harvard, ranked 24th in the coaches poll, came to town on Jan. 21, it was just the sixth time a ranked team took on the men’s team in Leede Arena. Unfortunately, all six games have ended with the Big Green on the wrong end of the score. Overall, Dartmouth has played 53 games against ranked teams and won just three, the last coming in 1956 against West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.
Points Scarce in Loss to Crimson
One game after scoring its most points against a Division I opponent in four years, Dartmouth was held to just 38 points in its home loss against #24 Harvard, its lowest output since Princeton defeated the Big Green by an identical score two years ago. But it was just the second time since World War II that the Crimson held Dartmouth under 40 points, the other coming in 1992 in a 41-35 Harvard win.
Rebounding in Rebounds
Since being outrebounded by a total of 33 boards in the first two games at Rutgers and against Vermont, Dartmouth has the upper hand on the glass. The Big Green even hauled in more boards than #24 Harvard on Jan. 21, 31-28. Leading the way have been the rookies, as one has led the team or shared the lead in rebounding in each game — (9 times), and and (6 apiece).