DARTMOUTH (8-14, 2-6) vs.
CORNELL (9-13, 2-6)/COLUMBIA (17-8, 6-2)
FRIDAY, FEB. 19 AT CORNELL • 7 P.M.
NEWMAN ARENA (4,473), ITHACA, N.Y.
Video: Ivy League Digital Network
Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
All-Time Series vs. Cornell: Big Red lead 106-105
Last Meeting vs. Big Red: Jan. 30, 2016 — Cornell 77, Dartmouth 73
SATURDAY, FEB. 20 AT COLUMBIA • 7 P.M.
LEVIEN GYMNASIUM (2,500), NEW YORK, N.Y.
Video: Ivy League Digital Network
Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
All-Time Series vs. Columbia: Lions lead 110-99
Last Meeting vs. Lions: Jan. 29, 2016 — Columbia 77, Dartmouth 60
Start of Home Stretch on the Road
• The second round of the Ivy League schedule begins this weekend with the annual trip to the state of New York, first to Cornell, then to Columbia.
• Dartmouth, which was swept at home by these two teams, has won just once on the road this year, that coming at Maine back on Dec. 9, 79-69.
• The Big Green snapped a five-game slide in their last game, an 87-70 triumph over visiting Brown.
• Freshman Evan Boudreaux impressed once again last weekend, recording double-doubles against Yale and the Bears to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the eighth time, tying a conference record.
• Sophomore Taylor Johnson continued his recent surge by dropping a career-high 22 points in the win over the Bears.
• After going six straight games without scoring in double figures, sophomore Miles Wright — Dartmouth’s second-leading scorer — tallied 15 in each game last weekend.
Series vs. Cornell
• Dartmouth has played the Big Red 211 times entering this game, more than any other opponent, with Cornell taking a slim 106-105 lead in the series thanks to its 77-73 victory three weeks ago.
• The Big Green led by nine after Connor Boehm drained a three-pointer with 3:43 to play, but the Big Red went to the foul line 18 times after that and held Dartmouth without a point until two seconds remained, negating 24 points by Evan Boudreaux and 22 more by Boehm.
• Good news for Green fans; last year the two teams split their series with each winning on the other’s home court.
• The Big Green are 8-16 versus Cornell in Newman Arena, ending a nine-game skid there last year, 56-45 as Malik Gill and Alex Mitola each put 14 points on the board.
• Dartmouth head coach Paul Cormier is 10-15 against the Big Red during his career.
Scouting the Big Red
• Since Cornell swept Harvard and the Big Green on the road, it has lost each of its last four games, falling back into a four-way tie for fifth at 2-6.
• Like Dartmouth, the Big Red feature a high-scoring freshman, but theirs does more damage outside the arc. Matt Morgan leads the Ivy League at 18.9 ppg and is second with 57 three-pointers.
• The Big Red also boast the league’s second-leading scorer in Robert Hatteras at 18.2 ppg. However, since returning from an injury, the team has lost four straight.
• Cornell is next-to-last in the country in rebound margin (-10.0), but David Onuorah provides some glass protection at 7.5 per game.
• The Big Red rank in the top 40 nationally in steals and turnovers forced, but have not fared well at the foul line, shooting 64.3 percent
• Head coach Bill Courtney (Bucknell ’92) is in his sixth year with a record of 58-108. Prior to coming to Ithaca, he had assistant jobs at Va. Tech, UVA, Providence, George Mason and Bowling Green.
Series vs. Columbia
• These two teams have squared off 209 times to date with the Lions leading, 110-99. Head coach Paul Cormier is 13-12 versus Columbia.
• In the first meeting this year, the Lions jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were never threatened in a 77-60 victory at Leede Arena on Jan. 29.
• Evan Boudreaux was the lone Big Green player to score in double figures with 15 points, while Columbia had four, led by Maodo Lo and Grant Mullins with 16 apiece.
• Bad news for Dartmouth — the season series has been swept each of the past five years.
• Dartmouth has gone 17-24 in Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium since it opened in 1974.
• Dartmouth head coach Paul Cormier is 13-12 against the Lions during his career.
Scouting the Lions
• Columbia has won 13 of its last 16 games, but the last two losses have come against the two Ivy teams ahead of the Lions, Yale and Princeton.
• Four players score in double figures, led by guard Maodo Lo at 16.1 ppg while making close to three three-pointers a night at a 38.4 percent clip. He is also the only player in the league with more steals than Malik Gill (59, 2.4 per game).
• Speaking of long-range shooting, Grant Mullins drains 43.8 percent of his treys, helping the Lions be the most prolific three-point shooting team in the league with 9.7 per game.
• Forward Alex Rosenberg is back after missing last season with an injury, and has tallied 13.6 ppg.
• While Luke Petrasek is the leading rebounder (5.1 rpg) and contributed 11.2 ppg on 51.3 percent shooting, he also stretches the defense when beyond the arc where he is 33-of-74 (.446).
• Even without a big-time rebounder, the Lions have bested their opponents on the glass by 2.6 per game.
• Kyle Smith (Hamilton ’92) is in his sixth year as head coach of the Lions with a record of 93-80 after nine years as an assistant at St. Mary’s.
Recent Road Sweeps
Dartmouth would love to duplicate its weekend road sweep from last year when it knocked off Columbia and Cornell on their home courts. It was the second straight year in which the Big Green recorded a weekend sweep outside of Hanover, having won at Brown and Yale to conclude the 2013-14 campaign. Those two road sweeps were more than the team had in the previous decade (Princeton-Penn in 2008-09).
Academic All-District for Boehm
Senior Connor Boehm was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) by his inclusion on the Academic All-District I Team for the second time. The economics major with a 3.61 GPA has played in all but one game in his career while averaging 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a night. Three of the other four players selected were Ivy Leaguers as well. The Academic All-America teams will be announced on March 3.
Boudreaux Boudreaux Golly!
A moment of silence, please, for Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN secretary general who passed away on Feb. 16 at the age of 93.
But I just can’t stop using this note because freshman Evan Boudreaux has done so much in his rookie campaign:
• Last week he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the eighth time this season, tying the league record set 19 years ago and first matched 10 years ago.
• Boudreaux has led Dartmouth in scoring each of the last nine games, in rebounding the last seven.
• For the season, he has topped the team in scoring 15 times and on the boards 16 times.
• His eight double-doubles this season are the most by a Big Green player since Ian McGinnis ’01 had eight in his senior season.
• In the last 25 years, only McGinnis, Jvonte Brooks and Gabas Maldunas have had even half as many double-doubles as a freshman (all had four).
• His 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, as well as his free throw percentage (.827), all rank third in the Ivy League.
• In Ivy games, he is second with 21.0 ppg, and first in rebounds per game (10.8) and free throw accuracy (.904).
Down Goes Brown
Dartmouth ended a five-game slide by defeating Brown on Feb. 13, 87-70, its largest margin of victory in an Ivy League game since beating Princeton by 19, 71-52, on Feb. 23, 2008. The Big Green have won three of the last four meetings with the Bears, the first time they could claim that against any Ivy team since winning three of four against Princeton during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
The 87 points are also the most for Dartmouth against a conference opponent since tallying 87 two years ago against Cornell. The Big Green have scored 87 or more points 34 times against an Ivy team since the league started formal play in 1956-57, with Brown and Cornell topping the list at eight apiece. But Dartmouth has never reached that figure against either Penn or Princeton, only once topping 80 against the Quakers, and four times versus the Tigers.
Boudreaux & Johnson
Evan Boudreaux and Taylor Johnson were better than Johnson & Johnson against Brown on Feb. 13. Both players topped 20 points — Boudreaux with 25 and Johnson a career-high 22 — marking the third time this year that Big Green teammates topped 20 in a game. Over the previous dozen seasons, Dartmouth had three such games combined, and the last time the Big Green had as many in a season came in 1999-2000 with four.
Sophomore Taylor Johnson has emerged as a legitimate scoring threat for the Big Green since first scoring in double figures against Harvard on Jan. 23. Over the last seven games, he is second on the team with 11.4 points per game (including his career-high 22 versus Brown) while shooting better than 60 percent (.609) from the floor and nearly 50 percent (9-of-19) from behind the arc.
Upset of Yale Thwarted
Dartmouth made a valiant attempt at being the first Ivy League team to knock off Yale this season on Feb. 12. The Big Green led for more than 30 minutes in the contest, only to have Yale take the lead for good with 7:14 to play. For the Elis, beating Dartmouth helped avenge their loss last year in Hanover in the final game of the regular season, which cost them an outright Ivy League title and eventually their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1962.
On the Wright Path Again
Sophomore Miles Wright has been a bit streaky this season. Dartmouth’s second-leading scorer went six straight games of posting seven points or less before breaking out with back-to-back 15-point performances against Yale and Brown on Feb. 12-13. Before that, he had five straight double-digit games, and had another stretch of four earlier in the year that included his 39-point explosion in the home opener.
Making the Most of Freebies
Dartmouth is having one of its better seasons in getting to the free throw line this year, taking them at a pace that would put them at almost 600 attempts this year, a total no Big Green team has reached since 1971-72. But Dartmouth also has been the most accurate at the charity stripe in the league at 72.8 percent, with Brown second at 71.2. It helps to have Evan Boudreaux shooting 82.7 percent with more freebies made (115) than any three teammates combined.
Top Freshman Scorers
Boudreaux is ninth nationally in scoring among freshmen (17.5 ppg), which would be the highest ever for a Big Green freshman, besting Dartmouth legend Ed Leede who tallied 16.5 ppg in a 14-game schedule in 1944-45. Only one Ivy League freshman (since the league was formed in 1956) has ever averaged more in a season — Brown’s Earl Hunt in 1999-2000 (17.0), though Cornell’s Matt Morgan (18.9) is currently ahead of Boudreaux as well.