Dartmouth Headed to Twin-State Rival
The Game: Dartmouth (2-5) at Vermont (5-3)
Location: Patrick Gymnasium (3,266), Burlington, Vt.
Tipoff: Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Vermont: Big Green lead 57-39
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
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Complete Game Notes
• Dartmouth has its sights set on ending a two-game slide when it tips off at Vermont on Wednesday.
• The Big Green matched its season high in field goal percentage (.449) on Saturday at Holy Cross, but the Crusaders drilled 10-of-19 three-pointers to hold off Dartmouth, 67-56.
• Sophomore Jvonte Brooks had one of his better offensive games this young season, scoring a season-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Holy Cross.
• The only other player to reach double figures versus the Crusaders was freshman Alex Mitola with 15 thanks to a trio of treys. The point guard has scored at least 10 points in six of Dartmouth’s seven games to date.
• Since starting the season hitting 77.0 percent (57-of-74) at the charity stripe over the first four games, the Green have struggled mightily at just 28-of-58 (.483) from the foul line.
Series vs. Vermont
• This is the 97th game between the two schools dating back to the first season of varsity basketball at Dartmouth (1900-01), with the Big Green sporting a 57-39 record.
• This is also the 51st consecutive year they have met on the hardwood, the longest streak for any Dartmouth non-conference opponent.
• The Big Green dominated the series through 1972, winning 44 of 51 games against Vermont.
• The Catamounts have had the upper hand since, with a 31-14 mark over the past 40 seasons, including a 12-1 record since 2000.
• The lone Big Green win in the last 11 years came at Leede Arena five years ago, 76-75. The last win in Burlington came on Nov. 18, 1998, 69-64.
• The first intercollegiate game in Dartmouth history was a 46-10 triumph against the Catamounts back on Dec. 15, 1900.
• Dartmouth Head Coach Paul Cormier is 5-6 in his career against Vermont with all five victories coming during his first stint in Hanover.
Scouting the Catamounts
• After dropping games to Rhode Island and Towson, Vermont ended its two-game slide on Saturday with a 53-46 road victory at Quinnipiac.
• The Catamounts are 2-0 against Ivy League teams thus far with a home victory over Yale, 65-52, and a triumph at Harvard, 85-78.
• Vermont relies on a nine-man rotation led by forward Luke Apfeld and point guard Sandro Carissimo who both average 10.3 points per game.
• This is not a prolific three-point shooting team, averaging just 4.75 triples per game, but Trey Blue leads the team with 10 threes in 22 attempts, a .455 percentage.
• The Catamounts hold their own on the boards having outrebounded their opponents for the season. Brian Voelkel, a 6-6 forward, leads the team with 7.1 caroms per game, and also has a team-best 30 assists.
• Vermont is a solid free-throw shooting squad at 71.4 percent. Both Apfeld and Carissimo top 84 percent at the foul line.
• John Becker is in his second season at Vermont after a fine rookie campaign. The 1990 Catholic graduate spent five seasons as an assistant before taking over the reins, leading the Catamounts to a 24-12 record and a first-round victory over Lamar in the NCAA Tournament.
Since shooting a season-high 44.9 percent from the floor in the opener against Maine, Dartmouth has seen its shooting percentage go up and down like a yo-yo. In the odd-numbered games, the Big Green have shot at least 40 percent and won two of the four games. In even-numbered games, Dartmouth has not shot better than 30.2 percent and lost all three by double figures. As a matter of fact, the Big Green have lost 50 consecutive games in which they did not shoot at least 40 percent, dating back to a 67-53 win over Columbia on Feb. 28, 2009.
Ball Control Coming Under Control
Dartmouth averaged more than 15 turnovers per game through the first five contests this year. Over the last two games, however, the Big Green have done a much better job of hanging on to the basketball, averaging 11 turnovers against Elon and Holy Cross.
Costly Free Throws
In comparing total number of field goals made, Dartmouth is just about matching its opponents. The Big Green have made 141 field goals, (compared to 143 for the opposition) and 39 three-pointers (31). The free throw line has been another story as Dartmouth has attempted 54 fewer foul shots and made 85 to the opposition’s 132, a difference of 47.
Sophomore may be a bit undersized as a 6-6 power forward, but he has a knack for strategically positioning himself to score and grab rebounds. Against Holy Cross, he led Dartmouth with a season-high 16 points while connecting on 7-of-10 field goals, plus grabbed six rebounds. Brooks leads the Big Green on the glass, averaging 7.0 boards per game to rank fifth in the Ivy League.