|LEEDE ARENA • HANOVER, N.H. • Jan. 7, 2017 • 7 p.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||ILDN VIDEO
||LIVE STATS||HARVARD NOTES|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.462||.404|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.339||.330|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.665||.671|
Path to The Palestra Begins
• With the non-conference portion of the schedule complete, Dartmouth kicks off Ivy League play as it has the previous 29 years — by playing Harvard — in an attempt to qualify for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, which will be played at The Palestra in Philadelphia and feature the top four teams in the conference.
• The Big Green had their three-game winning streak snapped in the first game of the new year, a 64-60 setback against Cal State Bakersfield.
• Dartmouth lost by only four despite shooting a season-low 33.3 percent from the floor and getting outrebounded, 47-30.
• On the flip side, the Big Green shot a season-best 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the foul line and forced a season-high 17 turnovers.
• Junior Miles Wright continued his recent surge with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 3-of-7 behind the arc. He is averaging 16.0 ppg over the last four contests after posting 9.1 to start the season.
• Sophomore Evan Boudreaux, the Ivy League’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, recorded his second straight double-double and sixth of the year with 11 points and a season-high 14 boards.
• Guilien Smith, who poured in a career-high 29 points in the 75-69 win at Bryant on Dec. 22, had a streak of five games scoring in double figures end with eight points in the loss to the Roadrunners.
Series vs. Harvard
• Dartmouth has a 96-86 advantage all-time and has won two of the past three meetings.
• Last year the Crimson held off the Big Green in Cambridge, 77-70, before Dartmouth evened the score two weeks later with a 63-50 triumph here at Leede Arena.
• Evan Boudreaux had double-doubles in both games last year, while he and Miles Wright each topped 20 points in the loss at Harvard.
• At Leede Arena, Dartmouth has an 11-18 mark against Harvard with last year’s win its first at home since 2008 in a 73-56 triumph.
• While Dartmouth dominated the first 60 years of the series with a 56-14 record through 1960, the Big Green have mustered just a 40-72 mark since then, including a 7-27 record the last 17 seasons.
Scouting the Crimson
• Harvard had won five straight games until dropping an 82-71 road contest at Vermont on Monday.
• The best Crimson victory has been a 57-56 road win at Houston on Dec. 23 after a two-week break for finals.
• The top two scorers are both freshmen in guard Bryce Aiken (14.7 ppg) and forward Seth Towns (12.0), both of whom are shooting 42-43 percent.
• Fifth-year senior Siyani Chambers runs the offense with his 6.8 assists per game (seventh nationally) while adding 8.0 ppg.
• Corey Johnson is the top long-ball threat, hitting 25-of-58 three-pointers (.431), while Aiken (23-61, .377) and Towns (13-30, .433) are also capable.
• Last year the Crimson struggled at the foul line, but this year are near the top of the league at 73.5 percent with Aiken (40-43, .930) leading the way.
• Harvard still has rim protector Zena Edosomwan (18 blocks) along with Chris Lewis (15) as the team leads the league at over five a game.
• Edosomwan also hauls in a team-best 7.1 rebounds a night despite averaging just 17.3 minutes.
• Dartmouth will have to deal with another tough defense as the Crimson allow opponents to shoot just 40.4 percent, lowest in the league.
• Tommy Amaker (Duke ’87) is in his 10th season at Harvard’s helm with a 181-100 record in Cambridge and a 357-239 mark in a career that has taken him to Seton Hall for four seasons (68-55) and Michigan for six (108-84).
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Consecutive Wins vs. Harvard
Should Dartmouth defeat the Crimson in this game, it would give the Green back-to-back victories over Harvard for the first time since taking three in a row from 1998-99.
Trending Opposite Directions
The Big Green have found a bit of success over the past four games, winning their first three contests of the year before losing by just four to Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday. Miles Wright and Guilien Smith have played big roles in the team’s surge, averaging 16.0 and 15.8 points, respectively. Both players have shot better than 47.5 percent from the floor and 40 percent behind the arc, and while Wright leads the team in steals in that time frame, Smith tops the squad in free throws (19-23, .826) and assists.
Dartmouth’s top scorer, Evan Boudreaux, however, has struggled over that same stretch, shooting just 26.6 percent (17-of-64) overall and 9.5 percent (2-of-21) from long range. But he has found other ways to help the team, snaring 10.0 rebounds a game (including a season-high 14 vs. CSUB), and dishing out eight assists, which are double his total from the first nine games.
Going to Extremes
The Dartmouth markmanship was a bit bipolar against Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 3. As a team, the Big Green shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the floor, and their 25.0 percent performance from downtown was the third-lowest. On the flip side, Dartmouth converted 15-of-17 (.882) free throws, its most accurate showing all season.
The defense also forced a season-high 17 Roadrunner turnovers, but the Green were handily beaten on the boards, 47-30, their worst margin of the year.
They Call Me a Jinx
If my writing about senior Mike Fleming making all 14 of his free throw attempts this year causes his streak to end, then I am much more powerful than I ever imagined. Each of the Big Green’s top seven scorers are all shooting at least 72 percent at the charity stripe, and the team’s 73.7 percent showing ranks second in the Ivy League, just ahead of Harvard.
Boudreaux Boudreaux Golly
Double the name for Evan Boudreaux double-doubles. The sophomore posted 11 points and 14 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield for his Ivy League-best sixth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. His 10 last year were the most by a Dartmouth player in 23 years, and the most in a career over the last 25 years is 21 by Ian McGinnis ’01.
Turning Around the Turnovers
Turnovers were proving to be a big problem during the nine-game losing streak to start the season as Dartmouth averaged 16 per game and only once had less than 12. But in the four games since then, the Big Green has gotten a “handle” on the problem with just 47 total miscues (11.8 average), including a season-low seven at Bryant.