Princeton and Penn on the Docket for Men's Hoops This Weekend
Location: Jadwin Gym (6,854), Princeton, N.J. / The Palestra (8,722), Philadelphia, Pa.
Tipoff: Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m. / Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Princeton: Tigers lead, 140-61
Series Record vs. Penn: Quakers lead, 145-56
Live Audio - Dave Collins, play-by-play
Live Video - Big Green Insider ($)
Complete Game Notes
Video Streams Available Through Big Green Insider
Big Green Insider subscribers have the opportunity this weekend to watch Dartmouth play on the road. Both Princeton and Penn will provide the video stream of the games, which can be accessed via Big Green Insider on DartmouthSports.com.
Princeton, Penn Looming
• Dartmouth, attempting to snap a 17-game skid in conference play, faces a tough test this weekend with games at Princeton and Penn, both of which are ranked just outside the top 100 in the RPI.
• The last time the Big Green won two consecutive games came during this trip three years ago when they beat both the Tigers and Quakers. It was the first weekend road sweep of the two teams for Dartmouth since the Ivy League formed.
• The Big Green have had more than their fair share of bad luck this season, having recorded a 1-9 mark in games decided by six points or less.
• Senior Kirk Crecco had a breakout game against Cornell last Saturday, scoring a season-high 15 points to lead the Dartmouth offense.
• Fellow senior Jabari Trotter connected on the 100th three-pointer of his career in the loss to Cornell, becoming the 14th player in Dartmouth history to achieve the milestone.
• Freshman Jvonte Brooks poured in a season-high 17 points in the loss to Columbia.
• As a team the Big Green are shooting 76.0 percent (98-for-129) at the foul line since the calendar flipped to 2012.
• In the two games last weekend, the Dartmouth starters were nearly outscored by the reserves, 64-57, with four of the five double-digit performances coming from guys off the bench.
Series vs. Princeton
• These two teams have met a total of 201 times on the hardwood entering this game with the Tigers holding a 140-61 lead.
• Princeton has won the past four meetings, including a 68-53 victory in Jadwin Gym last year.
• Big Green head coach Paul Cormier is 4-12 versus the Tigers during his collegiate coaching career.
• Jadwin Gym opened in the 1968-69 season, and in the 43 games Dartmouth has played here, it has won just three times, the most recent in 2009.
• Princeton has won six of the past 10 games in the series, but it is the best 10-game stretch for Dartmouth versus the Tigers since the 1950s.
Scouting the Tigers
• Since dropping five of six to start the season, Princeton has won 10 of 15 games and not lost two straight since November, despite playing just two home games among those 15 contests.
• The biggest victory of the season for the Tigers was a triple-overtime triumph at Florida State on Dec. 30, 75-73.
• The unquestionable leaders of the team are forward Ian Hummer and guard Douglas Davis. Hummer leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg), while Davis adds 13.3 ppg thanks to 54 three-pointers at a 38.0 percent clip.
• Princeton has uncharacteristically struggled a bit at the charity stripe this year, shooting just 64.5 percent as a team, which ranks among the bottom 50 of Division I.
• Sophomore T.J. Bray, does a bit of everything, leading the team in assists (80), steals (32) and three-point percentage (.435) while ranking second in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
• Head coach Mitch Henderson (Princeton ’98) returned to his alma mater this past off-season to take on the head coaching duties. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Henderson spent 11 seasons as an assistant at Northwestern.
Series vs. Penn
• Like Princeton, Penn has squared off against the Big Green 201 times to date. The Quakers have an even larger advantage, however, 145-56.
• While Penn has won the last four meetings, Dartmouth pulled off a season sweep of the Quakers three years ago, the first for the Green in 50 years.
• Head coach is 4-12 against Penn in his collegiate coaching career.
• Since the Palestra opened on Jan. 1, 1927, the Green have posted a 17-68 record against the Quakers there, but have won just three times in the last 52 contests in the arena.
• The longest winning streak in the series for the Big Green is seven from 1939-42, while Penn strung together 30 straight from 1968-83.
Scouting the Quakers
• Since dropping back-to-back road games at Davidson and Duke bridging 2011 into the new year, Penn has won seven of nine.
• The Quakers have not been impervious at home with a modest 6-5 mark at The Palestra, including losses to Wagner, James Madison and La Salle.
• Penn relies heavily on a quartet of players, each of whom average over 30 minutes on the court.
• Leading the squad is senior point guard Zack Rosen, a Bob Cousy Award nominee, who scores 18.3 ppg with a 47.9 field goal percentage while dishing out nearly six assists a night.
• Tyler Bernardini adds more offensive pop to the lineup 14.9 ppg while shooting 43.2 percent (51-of-118) from downtown. He also leads the team in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game.
• Miles Cartwright (10.2 ppg) and Rob Belcore (7.2) are the others playing at least 30 minutes.
• Each of the four players are shooting at least 70 percent at the line as well, with Rosen topping the squad at 88.1 percent.
• 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 the midst of a season that featured just six wins.
Juggling the Lineup
Head cocah utilized the same starting lineup for 11 straight games heading into the Ivy slate. But he has tinkered with the starting five just about ever since. In the last seven contests he has sent five different lineups onto the floor for the opening tip, including each of the last five contests. I haven’t been right in my projected lineup on page one in nearly a month.
Crecco Cranks It Up
Entering the game on Feb. 4 against Cornell, senior was averaging just 1.9 points per game, with a season high of six points against both Notre Dame and Harvard. But against the Big Red, he exploded for a team-high 15 points, matching his output from the previous 13 games. Crecco drained 5-of-13 field goals and all five free throws to account for his scoring.
Senior joined the ranks of Dartmouth players to connect on 100 three-pointers in their career when he drained a trey early in the second half against Cornell on Feb. 4. Since getting off to a slow start from downtown this year, he has knocked down 21-of-51 (.412), including a 5-of-6 performance at Albany on Dec. 23.
Melville Making His Move
Conference play brings the best out of Tyler Melville. In his career, the sophomore has averaged just 4.0 points a game against non-Ivy competition, but is scoring 9.2 points per contest in league play. At Yale on Jan. 28, Melville posted a season-high 14 points, and hit on 11 the day before at Brown. Three of the four games in which he has scored in double figures this year have come against Ivy teams.
Heartbreak at Home
Dartmouth has lost 17 straight conference games dating back to last season, but nearly ended that skid at 15 when Columbia played in Leede Arena on Feb. 3. Although the Big Green trailed for 27 consecutive minutes during the contest, they took a two-point lead three times during the final 3:30 of the game, the last time coming on two free throws by freshman Gabas Maldunas with 1:16 to play. But the Lions tied the game with 49 seconds left, then hit the game-winning jumper with three ticks on the clock. Dartmouth is now 1-9 in games decided the six points or less this season.