The Game: Dartmouth (4-11, 0-1) at Harvard (9-6, 1-0)
Location: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050), Cambridge, Mass.
Tipoff: Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m.
Series Record vs. Harvard: Big Green lead 94-81
Television - NBC Sports Network (Randy Moss, play-by-play; Dalen Cuff, analyst) [Channel Finder]
Live Audio - WUVR 1490 AM (Dave Collins, play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
Trying to Return the Favor
• Dartmouth has won two of its last three games, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of this Harvard squad two weeks ago in Hanover, 75-65.
• The Big Green led by as many as five points with less than nine minutes to play, but the visiting Crimson finished the game on a 17-2 run.
• Four of the five starters scored at least 10 points against Harvard with freshmen Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola each tallying 11, and sophomores Jvonte Brooks and Gabas Maldunas 10.
• Last time on the court, Dartmouth nearly doubled up Division III Colby-Sawyer, 80-42, as 11 players put points on the board.
• The Big Green posted season highs in points, field goal percentage (.563), rebound margin (+19), assists (19) and steals (14) against the Chargers.
• Junior Tyler Melville led the Green with a season-high 16 points while posting career highs in rebounds (6) and three-pointers (3).
• Maldunas, Dartmouth’s leading scorer, was the only other Green player in double figures with 14 points to go along with a game-high nine caroms.
• Rookie Malik Gill had an eye-popping seven steals (one shy of the school record) in just 19 minutes, plus dished out six assists.
• Dartmouth has been especially tough on the glass recently with 39 more rebounds (115-76) than their opponents over the last three games.
Series vs. Harvard
• While Dartmouth has a 94-81 advantage all-time, Harvard has won the last seven meetings, including the 75-65 game in Hanover two weeks ago.
• At Lavietes Pavilion, the Big Green have an 11-19 mark, but their last win in the series came at this venue, a 75-66 overtime thriller on Jan. 24, 2009.
• Paul Cormier is 12-10 against Harvard in his career, which includes three wins while at Fairfield.
• While Dartmouth dominated the first 60 years of the series with a 56-14 record through 1960, the Big Green have mustered just a 38-67 mark since then, including a 5-21 record since 2000.
Scouting the Crimson
• Harvard has won seven of its last 10 games with the lone losses coming on the road at UConn (by eight), St. Mary’s (by one) and Memphis (by 10).
• It has been a week since the Crimson played at Memphis. Harvard was tied with the Tigers with just under six minutes to play, only to have the host rattle off 12 of the last 14 points of the game.
• This is one of the top shooting teams in the country, knocking down 47.9 percent of its shots (22nd among Division I teams at the start of the week) and 41.7 percent of its long balls (fifth).
• Wesley Saunders leads Harvard with 16.1 ppg while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor.
• Joining Saunders in double figures are freshman Siyani Chambers (12.7 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (11.1) who has 43 treys out of his 49 FG. Chambers has hit nearly half of his three-pointers (27-of-57) and dishes out six assists per game.
• No player averages more than 4.4 rebounds in 6-6 forward Jonah Travis, but the Crimson do own a slight team edge on the boards.
• Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) is in his sixth season at Harvard’s helm, and won his 100th game with the Crimson in a victory over Rice on Jan. 5. He is 101-62 in Cambridge and 277-201 in his career that has taken him to Seton Hall for four seasons (68-55) and Michigan for six (108-84).
Playing on the Margins
With the 80-42 victory over Colby-Sawyer on Jan. 17, Dartmouth enjoyed its largest margin of victory (38) since defeating Plymouth State by 49 more than four years ago (Dec. 14, 2008), and fourth largest in the history of Leede Arena. But to find the last time the Big Green beat a Division I team by at least 35 points, you’d have to go back to Valentine’s Day in 1997 when they trounced Columbia on the road by 35, 82-47.
Setting the Sights
Dartmouth posted its best field goal percentage (.563) of the season in the win over Colby-Sawyer, the third straight game it has set a season high. On Jan. 8, the Big Green hit 22-of-49 (.449) from the floor in a 17-point win, then topped that versus Harvard (.456). In addition, Dartmouth has shot at least 42 percent on three-pointers in those three contests. All told, the Green have connected on 48.7 pct. of their field goals and 46.3 pct. of their threes in the last three contests.
Freshman has seemingly decided that three is a magic number when it comes to three-pointers. In seven of the last nine contests, he has hit exactly three triples. All told in those nine games, he has supplied 23 trifectas in just 47 attempts, a sterling 48.9 percent clip.
Repeat Offender (and Defender)
Against Colby-Sawyer, freshman saw 19 minutes of action. The rookie provided plenty of action at both ends of the floor, swiping seven steals and dishing out six assists. Both of those totals are the most by a Big Green player all season with his helpers matching a mark reached by against Longwood, and his steals falling just one shy of the school record.
On This Date (Jan. 26) ...
… in 1974 Bill Raynor ’74 scored his 1,000th point at Dartmouth during a 76-62 defeat against St. John’s in Hanover. Raynor scored seven points in the game and finished his career with 1,129 points (currently 18th all-time) and a scoring average of 14.7 points per game. He was the ninth of 25 Dartmouth players to accomplish the feat.