(6-17, 3-7 Ivy)
(11-15, 2-8 Ivy)
(14-9, 6-4 Ivy)
|LEEDE ARENA • HANOVER, N.H. • Feb. 24-25, 2017 • 7 p.m.|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Pct.||.499||.464||.422|
|Opponent 3FG Pct.||.369||.348||.326|
|Opponent FT Pct.||.723||.696||.709|
Still in the Hunt
• Following a weekend split with Cornell and Columbia last weekend, Dartmouth finds itself tied for sixth in the Ivy League, one game out of fourth place behind Penn and Columbia.
• The top four teams in the conference qualify for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament that will take place at The Palestra on March 11-12.
• Taylor Johnson played the hero in the win over the Lions, driving the length of the court to score the game-winning bucket with one second left.
• Johnson, who entered the game averaging less than four points a game, finished the night with a season-high 18 thanks to four three-pointers.
• Evan Boudreaux, the Ivy League Player of the Week, recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, making him the first Big Green player to have a dozen in at least 50 years.
• Guilien Smith averaged 19.0 points in the two games, including 23 against Columbia. He is 12th in the league (12.5 ppg) and Boudreaux third (16.9).
• Before the win against the Lions, Dartmouth had lost its last three overtime contests with the last victory coming against Northern Illinois, 58-55, on Dec. 19, 2014. The last one in league play was a 78-69 triumph over Princeton on Feb. 1, 2014.
Series vs. Brown
• Dartmouth has won four of the last six meetings and holds an 80-74 lead in the all-time series.
• Two weeks ago, the Big Green handed the Bears a 77-74 defeat in Providence when Mike Fleming capped off a career-high 17 points with the game-winning three-pointer with 55 seconds to play.
• Evan Boudreaux posted 21 points and 13 rebounds in the victory, while Brown’s Steven Spieth led his squad with 21 points as well.
• Dartmouth needs to beware — the season series has been split each of the past three years. The last Big Green sweep of the Bears came in 2005.
• Since Leede Arena opened in 1987, Dartmouth has won 20 of the 29 contests against Brown, including the last two.
Scouting the Bears
• Since winning eight of nine just before the calendar flipped to 2017, Brown has fallen on harder times, going just 2-10 with losses in its last five games.
• In Ivy play, the Bears rank second in scoring (72.7 ppg) but last in scoring margin (-7.9).
• Steven Spieth, younger brother of pro golfer Jordan Spieth, leads the Bears in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg) and steals (39), plus has 96 assists, six behind point guard Tavon Blackmon.
• Blackmon is the other player scoring in double figures at 11.2 ppg, though five others are between 7.5 and 9.0, including Joshua Howard, son of former NBA player Juwan Howard.
• While Spieth hits 40.4 percent of his long-range shots, it is Big Green killer J.R. Hobbie who is the specialist at 48.2 percent (54-of-112). Hobbie has taken two shots inside the arc all year.
• Sending the Bears to the foul line is not a good strategy; they are shooting 77.2 percent in Ivy play.
• Mike Martin (Brown ’04) is in his fifth season at the helm with a 60-82 record. He spent six years on the staff at Penn before returning to the team he led to three second-place finishes as a player.
Series vs. Yale
• Dartmouth has played the Bulldogs 209 times entering this contest. Yale has the advantage with a 111-98 mark against the Big Green.
• Two weeks ago, the Bulldogs built up a lead as large as 19 points before settling for a 73-64 victory over Dartmouth. Evan Boudreaux had a game-high 15 points, but was held to a career-low three rebounds while Alex Copeland came off the bench to lead Yale with 14 points.
• Miles Wright has enjoyed playing against the Bulldogs throughout his career, averaging 13.4 ppg while shooting 52.2 percent overall and 9-of-18 from deep in the five contests.
• The Big Green are 15-13 all-time against the Bulldogs at Leede Arena with the last win coming in 2015 when Dartmouth denied Yale the outright Ivy League title in the final game of the season.
• Yale has won 27 of the last 33 meetings and not lost two consecutive games in the series since 1999.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Since beating Dartmouth two weeks ago, the Bulldogs have lost three straight entering the weekend.
• Despite its 6-4 record in league play, Yale has been outscored by its Ivy competition (by seven points).
• The Bulldogs feature a balanced offense with three players scoring in double figures and three others over nine points a game.
• In Ivy games, Miye Oni leads Yale with 13.0 ppg, while a former high school teammate of Evan Boudreaux’s, Sam Downey, provides 11.3 ppg and a team-best 7.9 rpg.
• The Bulldogs are bullies on the boards, grabbing four more per game in league action.
• Oni also has the most three-pointers with 50 on the season, but just 15 against the Ivies as Yale has struggled from deep since league play began (30.9 percent, seventh of the eight teams).
• Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86) is the longest tenured head coach in the Ivy League, now in his 18th year with an overall record of 268-248. Last year he led the Bulldogs to 23 wins, an Ivy League title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
Toast to the Seniors
On Saturday Dartmouth celebrates the contributions of its senior class in the last home game for the five players. All were on hand for the run to the CIT in 2015 — the first postseason appearance for the Big Green in 56 years — and have contributed to 42 victories entering the weekend. Give a rouse to Wesley Dickinson, Mike Fleming, Cole Harrison, Ike Ngwudo and Quinten Payne!
Games on ILDN and ESPN3
Each of the remaining games on the schedule — home and away — will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network. Visit ILDN.tv for more information on how to subscribe. Saturday’s game against Yale will also be aired on ESPN3 for those with cable or satellite packages.
Johnson Plays the Hero — Twice
Dartmouth led Columbia by as many as a dozen points on Feb. 18, only to see the Lions rally to tie the game. As time expired, junior Taylor Johnson fired off a 26-foot shot that swished through the net, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Unfortunately, after video review, the shot was nullified as it left his hands too late. But Johnson got a second chance to play the hero after grabbing a missed free throw with seven seconds left. He then raced all the way down the court and flipped up a shot for the game-winning layup with one second showing in the 80-79, overtime triumph. Johnson, who entered the game averaging 3.9 points a game, produced a season-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four three-pointers.
Boudreaux Boudreaux Golly
It has been just over a year since Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN secretary general, passed away on Feb. 16. But I still use this note. It took nearly every second of the 80-79 overtime victory against Columbia for Evan Boudreaux to secure his 12th double-double of the season, hitting a three-pointer with 12.5 seconds left in the extra period to bring Dartmouth within one and set up the game-winning drive by Taylor Johnson.
Boudreaux is the first Big Green player in at least 50 years to register 12 double-doubles in a season, and his 22 in a career match the total of Jim Masker ’72, the most in that time span. Prior to 1968-69, individual game-by-game rebounds are not readily available, though I was able to find that all-time great Rudy LaRusso ’59 had 22 — in his senior year alone.
Word of the Week — Dozen
Everywhere you turn, the word ‘dozen’ seems to be popping up. Boudreaux and his dozen double-doubles this season, the Big Green building a lead of a dozen points against Columbia only to have to eke out the win in overtime, and in the first two Ivy wins, Dartmouth hit a dozen three-pointers. And after that win over the Lions, the Big Green had another dozen three-pointers — a baker’s dozen, actually, as they popped 13 in the game, their most in just over 13 (a baker’s dozen) years.
Boudreaux Ivy POTW for Second Time
Not only did Evan Boudreaux record his league-leading 12th double-double against Columbia, he also put up 27 points the night before, matching a career high in a 69-65 loss to Cornell. The sophomore was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for his exploits in the two games, his second weekly award from the league this year.
Thanks to Taylor Johnson’s layup with one second left against Columbia, Dartmouth pulled out a one point victory over the Lions, its second of the season. The other came on a Brendan Barry three-pointer with 2.8 seconds to play to beat New Hampshire, 63-62, on New Year’s Eve. The previous one-point triumph was a 59-58 win on March 7, 2015 over Yale in the final second that denied the Bulldogs the outright Ivy League title and eventually an NCAA Tournament berth. Dartmouth is now 82-82 all-time in games decided by one point.
I’ll Take Lions for 100
The 80-79 overtime victory over Columbia on Feb. 18 was the 100th for the Big Green over the Lions since the two first met on the hardwood over 111 years ago. Columbia still owns the advantage in the series, however, with 112 wins to its credit, and the two teams have squared off twice every season since 1919-1920.
Let’s Try The Wright Stuff for 100
Two weeks ago, junior Miles Wright did what only 15 other Big Green players had done before — hit his 100th career three-point field goal. He achieved the milestone with 15:04 remaining in the game at Brown as Dartmouth went on to win, 77-74. He has since added two more triples to his ledger, tying him for 15th on the all-time list with current assistant coach Jabari Trotter.
By defeating Columbia, the Big Green had ended a three-game skid in overtime games. Last year, Dartmouth lost back-to-back overtime contests at Brown and Yale, and the year before dropped an overtime contest at home to Cornell. The last team the Green had beaten after regulation was Northern Illinois on Dec. 19, 2014, by a final of 58-55. Dartmouth is now 43-49 in known overtime games.
Just One Back for Final Tourney Spot
The Ivy League Tournament is just two weeks away, and the race for the fourth and final spot has become very interesting. Dartmouth finds itself in a tie for sixth, but just one back of Penn and Columbia, which are tied for fourth. A Dartmouth sweep of the Bears and Bulldogs would go a long way toward improving its chances at claiming that final berth. But for you anarchists out there, let’s work up a five-way tie for third place, shall we?
• Yale loses its last four
• Penn loses at Cornell, wins at Columbia, loses to Dartmouth, beats Harvard
• Columbia loses to Princeton and Penn, wins at Brown and Yale
• Dartmouth beats Brown and Yale, wins at Penn, loses at Princeton
• Cornell beats Penn, loses to Princeton, wins at Yale and Brown
In this scenario, all five teams would be 6-8. I believe that Cornell would get the three seed (5-3 record against other four is the best), Columbia would be eliminated (3-5 against the other four), and Dartmouth would get the four seed (3-1 against the remaining two teams, Penn 2-2, Columbia 1-3). But I’m not entirely positive that’s how it would be figured. And I probably don’t need to know, but it sure is fun!