“My scheduling philosophy is to try and play games in areas we would like to recruit and also near the hometowns of our players,” said Dartmouth head coach Paul Cormier, beginning the fourth year of his second stint at the helm of the Big Green. “At the same time, we are very pleased that we have been able to balance out our schedule in terms of home and road. The last few years we had been very heavy on the road games, while this year our hometown fans will have more opportunities to come watch a team I expect not just to be competitive, but also win more consistently against the rest of the Ivy League.”
Dartmouth will open the season with a three-game homestand, beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 10 against Lyndon State before hosting Bryant and a new Division-I member, UMass Lowell. Following a two-week break for finals and the Thanksgiving holiday, the Big Green head next door to Maine to play the Black Bears in Orono on Dec. 1.
The team will spend six days in the Midwest in early December, taking on Northern Illinois and IPFW before wrapping up the three-game swing on Dec. 10 at Illinois for the first-ever game on the hardwood between the two schools. As the Christmas holiday approaches, Dartmouth will stick closer to home, sandwiching a game at in-state rival New Hampshire between home contests against Jacksonville and Longwood.
The Big Green will ring in the new year in Hanover as well, welcoming Vermont and Hartford to town on Jan. 4 and 7, respectively. Following recent tradition, the first Ivy League tilt between any two teams in the Ancient Eight will feature Dartmouth and last year’s champion, Harvard, when the two teams play on Jan. 11 in Cambridge, Mass. The following weekend, the Green have one final game against a non-conference opponent when they take on St. John’s in New York.
The Ivy League schedule begins in earnest on Jan. 25 when Dartmouth returns the favor and hosts the Crimson at Leede Arena in an afternoon showdown at 2 p.m. While the next four league games will take place in Hanover as well, that simply means the Big Green will have six of their final eight games take place on the road, concluding at Brown and Yale the weekend of March 7-8.
Last year, Dartmouth was 9-19 overall and tied for sixth place in the Ivy League with a 5-9 record as the Green won three of their final four contests. Nearly the entire squad returns to continue its climb up the conference ladder, including the top five scorers led by junior forward Gabas Maldunas (11.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, second-team All-Ivy) and sophomore guard Alex Mitola (11.3 ppg, 2.0 apg).