Men Hit the Road to Take on Bucknell
The Game: Dartmouth (1-2) at Bucknell (5-1)
Location: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
Tipoff: Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. IPFW: Bison lead 3-1
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Live Video - Bison Vision ($)
Complete Game Notes
Start of Eight Straight on the Road
• Dartmouth is playing its first road game of the season with this tilt at Bucknell, starting a stretch of eight consecutive games away from Hanover.
• Since winning the season opener in convincing fashion, the Big Green dropped two straight at home to New Hampshire and IPFW.
• In the four-point loss to the Mastodons on Saturday, freshman point guard Alex Mitola found his shooting stroke in knocking down four three-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points.
• The team’s shooting stroke has been a bit off in the last two games at 33.3 percent (40-of-120), though the Green did come around in the second half against IPFW at 46.4 percent (13-of-28).
• Mitola is the only Dartmouth player to score in double figures in each of the first three contests. Sophomores John Golden and Gabas Maldunas have done so twice.
• Although Dartmouth has struggled from the floor, its free throw shooting leads the Ivy League and ranks 22nd nationally at 77.3 percent.
• The Big Green also top the circuit with 10 steals per game, good for 29th in the nation.
• Sophomore Jvonte Brooks leads the league in rebounding at 9.3 boards per game.
Series vs. Bucknell
• This is just the fifth meeting on the hardwood for these two programs, but the fourth in the last four seasons. Dartmouth is 1-3 against the Bison.
• The first meeting, however, came in 1905 when Bucknell defeated the Big Green, 23-12.
• The Bison scored a road victory last January thanks to a second-half surge and 18 points from Mike Muscala in a 67-59 triumph
• Three years ago, the Green won a 49-43 defensive battle in Hanover, and the Bison responded the following season with a 17-point victory on their home court, 74-57.
• Head coach Paul Cormier, just two wins away from 100 in his Dartmouth career, is 1-2 in his coaching career against the Bison with the one victory coming while at Fairfield.
Scouting the Bison
• Bucknell began its season with a big road victory, topping Purdue by five points, then won its next four games before dropping a 60-57 decision at Penn State on Friday.
• The strong start has the Bison 32nd in the early-season RPI rankings.
• Center Mike Muscala is the leader of this Bucknell squad, averaging a double-double (16.0 ppg, 11.2 rpg) while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
• The Bison feature a pair of long-range threats in Bryson Johnson (17-of-39 3FG, .436) and Cameron Ayers (8-of-22, .364), both of whom average scoring in double figures (14.2 and 11.7, respectively).
• Like Dartmouth, Bucknell has been very accurate at the free throw line thus far at 76.4 percent while attempting nearly 25 foul shots a game.
• The entire team does a good job of securing the basketball, coughing the ball up just 10.2 times a night, 15th fewest in the country.
• Head coach Dave Paulsen has won the last two Patriot League Coach of the Year awards following back-to-back 25-win seasons. Now in his fifth campaign with the Bison, Paulsen sports a 76-60 record at Bucknell and a 338-180 record in his 18-plus seasons, including eight at Williams for current Dartmouth AD Harry Sheehy.
Mitola on the Mark
Freshman Alex Mitola came to Dartmouth known for his outside shooting, but couldn’t get his shot to fall early in the season. Of his first 22 three-point attempts, the 5-11 point guard got just four (.182) to go through the hoop. But in a four-minute span in the second half against IPFW, Mitola drained three straight. He finished the game with 18 points, and the rookie has upped his scoring total in each game thus far, tallying 12 in the opener and 17 versus UNH.
Entering the 2012-13 campaign, Dartmouth players had just 10 double-doubles to their names. After two games, two more were added to the ledger, the most recent being Jvonte Brooks’ with 10 points and 11 boards against UNH, the fifth of his career. Entering tonight, Brooks also leads the Ivy League in rebounding at 9.3 caroms a game.
Shooting Woes from the Floor …
The collective shooting touch of the Big Green has not been on the mark after three games at 36.7 percent. In the 72-58 loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth managed to shoot just 26.7 percent, its worst accuracy from the floor since the 2010-11 season opener at Providence when it hit on 25.4 percent.
Don’t Extend to the Foul Line
The free throw line has been much more accommodating to the Dartmouth shooting touch as the Green have converted 51-of-66 (.773) from the charity stripe, the 22nd best rate in the nation.