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Yale, Brown Invade Leede Arena This Weekend

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Senior captain David Rufful     By David Silverman(
The Games: Dartmouth (4-20, 0-8) vs. Yale (16-6, 6-2)/Brown (7-18, 1-7)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. / Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Yale: Bullgos lead, 104-95
Series Record vs. Brown: Big Green lead, 75-69
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In Search of Ivy Win #1
•    Dartmouth begins a four-game homestand by hosting Yale and Brown this weekend, two teams the Green have not beaten in three years.
•    Not only are the Big Green looking to snap a seven-game slide, they are also trying to end their longest losing streak in conference play — currently at 19 games — in 45 years.
•    The Big Green have had more than their fair share of bad luck this season, having recorded a 1-10 mark in games decided by six points or less.
•    The most recent heartbreaker came on Saturday at Penn when the Quakers somehow hit a 27-footer with 3.4 seconds to play, breaking a 55-all deadlock to beat Dartmouth.
•    The Big Green attempted just 36 field goals at Penn, their fewest since a three-point loss to Princeton exactly six years prior.
•    Freshman Jvonte Brooks has emerged as the go-to player of late, earning Ivy Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this year after posting double-doubles at both Princeton (11 points, season-high 13 rebounds) and Penn (personal-best 18 points, 10 boards).
•    Freshmen Gabas Maldunas (7.0 rpg) and Brooks (6.5) are ranked 6-7 in the Ivy rebounding stats.
•    As a team the Big Green are shooting 74.7 percent (124-for-166) at the foul line since the calendar flipped to 2012.

Series vs. Yale
•    This is the 200th game played between Dartmouth and the Bulldogs with Yale holding a 104-95 advantage to date.
•    The Bulldogs have won the last six meetings and 20 of the previous 23, but all three Big Green wins have come in Hanover in that stretch.
•    Dartmouth lost by 10 last month in New Haven, 62-52, but did hold a lead with just 7:30 to go.
•    The Big Green are 13-10 all-time against Yale at Leede Arena, last beating the Bulldogs here two years ago, 57-54.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is 9-11 all-time against Yale, 7-10 while at Dartmouth.

Scouting the Bulldogs
•    Yale is right in the thick of the Ivy League race, just a game behind Harvard with a 6-2 league record and 16-6 overall, and a make-or-break game with the Crimson looming Saturday night.
•    The Bulldogs are coming off a rousing 59-58 win at Columbia in which they were trailing by 21 in the second half and by 15 with six minutes to go.
•    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 (+6.1) and 93 blocked shots.
•    Starrring for the Bulldogs is 6-11 center Greg Mangano who averages close to a double-double at 18.4 points and 9.6 rebounds, both figures of which lead the league, along with his 40 blocks.
•    Austin Morgan and Reggie Willhite also put up double digits at 12.7 and 12.2 points a night, respectively. Morgan is deadly from the outside with 50 threes at a .413 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 7.8 points and 5.3 boards.
•    Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86) is the longest current tenured head coach in the Ivy League, now in his 13th year with an overall record of 173-187 and a share of an Ivy title to his credit from the 2001-02 season.

Series vs. Brown
•    While the Bears have won nine of the last 10 and 18 of 23 against Dartmouth, the Green still hold the advantage in the all-time series, 75-69.
•    The lone Dartmouth victory in the last 10 meetings came right here in Leede Arena, 63-61, in overtime in 2009.
•    Since Leede Arena opened in 1987, the Big Green have won 17 of the 24 contests against the Bears.
•    Three weeks ago, Dartmouth held the lead for 32:08 of the 40 minutes in the game, but Brown rallied down the stretch to steal the game from the Green, 66-59.
•    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.
•    Head coach Paul Cormier is 10-9 all-time against Brown, 8-9 while at Dartmouth.

Scouting the Bears
•    Since beating Dartmouth on Jan. 27 in Providence, Brown has dropped five consecutive games by an average of 15 points to fall to 7-18 overall and 1-7 in the Ivy League
•    Among the Bears’ other victims are Hartford, Monmouth, Rhode Island and Central Connecticut State.
•    The Bears are last in the league in scoring margin, field goal percentage defense and free throw pct.
•    Sophomore point guard Sean McGonagill is one of the league’s great playmakers, ranking sixth in the league in scoring (14.0 ppg) and second in assists (5.7 apg) while leading the team in steals.
•    McGonagill, Stephen Albrecht and Matt Sullivan are the most prolific three-point threats, each with more than 40 three-pointers, though reserve Jean Harris, who burned the Big Green with four triples last time, has been the most efficient at 41.4 percent.
•    Andrew McCarthy is the top rebounder at 7.6 per game, plus averages 10.5 points and blocked a school-record seven shots in the first meeting.
•    Head coach Jesse Agel (Vermont ’84) is in his fourth year at the helm of the Brown program, having produced a 38-74 record to date.

Babbling About Brooks
On Feb. 13, freshman Jvonte Brooks was chosen as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. The 6-6 forward registered double-doubles at Princeton and Penn, hauling in a personal-best 13 boards against the Tigers before pouring in a season-high 18 points at The Palestra. Over the past 14 games, he has scored in double figures 10 times and is averaging 11.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. And his 89 free throws made to date are a Dartmouth freshman record.

Banging the Boards
Dartmouth dominated the glass against Penn on Feb. 11, hauling in 32 rebounds to just 20 for the Quakers, its biggest advantage against any Division I opponent in three years. And the night before, rookie Jvonte Brooks hauled in 13 rebounds at Princeton, equaling the most by a Big Green player since Nov. 10, 2007.

Heartbreak Ridge
Twice in the last four games, Dartmouth has been beaten on a shot in the final four seconds of the game. First on Feb. 3, the Big Green trailed Columbia for 27 consecutive minutes, yet took a two-point lead three times during the final 3:30 of the game. But the Lions tied the game with 49 seconds left, then hit the game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds showing on the clock. The next weekend, Penn hit a 27-footer with 3.4 ticks left to break a 55-all deadlock and send the Green to their 19th straight conference defeat, their longest in 45 years. Dartmouth is now 1-10 in games decided by six points or less this season.