|DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
|TD BANK SPORTS CENTER • HAMDEN, CONN. • Nov. 11, 2017 • 2 p.m.|
|DARTMOUTH NOTES||LIVE VIDEO||LIVE STATS||QUINNIPIAC NOTES|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.473||.464|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.350||.380|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.709||.739|
• Dartmouth opens up the 2017-18 season in its second season under head coach David McLaughlin, who guided the Big Green to a 7-20 overall record last year.
• The Green remained alive in the race to qualify for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament until the final day of the season, but fell at Princeton, which won the league with a perfect 14-0 mark before sweeping two games at the Palestra to claim the first Ivy Tournament crown.
• This is the fourth straight year Dartmouth opens the season on the road, playing at Quinnipiac for the first meeting between the two schools in seven years.
• Dartmouth has not won a season opener outside of Hanover since Nov. 19, 1999 in a neutral-site game against Colgate.
• The last time the Green won a season opener on an opponent’s home court was at Vermont on Nov. 28, 1987.
• In the first 116 seasons of Dartmouth basketball, the program has posted a 76-40 record in season openers. The Big Green’s longest winning streak (15) on opening day came from the 1929-30 through the 1943-44 seasons.
• In last year’s opener at 23rd-ranked Rhode Island, Dartmouth was within two nearly 10 minutes into the game, but the host Rams built their lead to 13 by the break before defeating the Big Green, 84-61.
Meet Your Big Green
• Dartmouth turned over half of its roster including three starters, but have four of its top five scorers back. The returning players make up 53 percent of its minutes, 55 percent of its scoring, 65 percent of its three-pointers and 52 percent of its rebounding.
• The Big Green have three seniors on the squad, which include former Ivy League Rookie of the Year Miles Wright and Cameron Wright as captains, along with guard Taylor Johnson.
• Of the 13 active players on the roster, five are sophomores and five more are freshmen.
• Of the five freshmen joining the Big Green this year, two are from outside the United States: guard Isaac Letoa (New Zealand) and wing Aaryn Rai (Canada).
• The other newcomers hail from California (forward Adrease Jackson), Wisconsin (Chris Knight) and right here in New Hampshire (walk-on Ben Swett).
Series vs. Quinnipiac
• This is the 14th meeting between these two, but the first since the first 13 took place over a 12-year span (1999-2010).
• The Bobcats have the advantage over Dartmouth winning nine of those 13 contests, including the last four, most recently 69-52 on Nov. 23, 2010.
• The last Big Green win in the series was a 56-53 triumph in Hanover on Dec. 18, 2006.
• Dartmouth is 1-5 in Hamden and 0-1 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
• Dartmouth is 20-39 all-time against current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schools.
Scouting the Bobcats
• Quinnipiac fell on hard times last year with a 10-21 overall record and 7-13 mark in the MAAC to finish eighth before losing in the opening round of the conference tournament to Niagara.
• The Rams were picked to finish last in the 11-team league by the MAAC coaches.
• Five of Quinnipiac’s top six scorers from a year ago are gone, with only 6-9, 220-pound forward Chase Daniels (13.0 ppg) remaining.
• Daniels was the leading rebounder for the Bobcats at 6.2 per game.
• Quinnipiac is the only Division I team in the country to feature two sets of brothers on its roster — juniors Aaron and Andrew Robinson, and guards Sam and Matt Donahue.
• Beginning his first year as a Division I head coach is Baker Dunleavy following a stint as a player and coach at Villanova under Jay Wright. He is the son of current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy and brother of Atlanta Hawk Mike Jr.
Dartmouth opens the season at Quinnipiac in a game that will be streamed live on ESPN3, the first of eight appearances on the streaming service this season. The Big Green will also have a game televised on ESPN2 when they head to Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
Year Five of Ivy League Network
All home games and every Ivy League contest — a total of 19 games — will be streamed live in high-definition this season through the Ivy League Network. Five of the conference games will be simulcast on ESPN3 as well, while four more will be televised by Eleven Sports Network and another on SNY. Visit IvyLeagueNetwork.com for information on how to subscribe to the ILN and watch the action on your computer, tablet or phone, or through AppleTV or Roku.
Dartmouth was pegged to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. At the top is Harvard with 121 points and six first-place votes, just beating out Yale (118 points, eight first-place votes) and Princeton (114, three). So the media believe it will be a dogfight as to who gets the fourth slot for the Ivy league Tournament with Penn the favorite as the Quakers garnered 86 points. The bottom half shapes up with Columbia (55), Cornell (48), Dartmouth (39) and Brown (31).
On Target for 1,000 Points
Senior Miles Wright has positioned himself to become the 29th player in Big Green history to score 1,000 points in a career, needing 205 to reach the milestone. He has topped that figure in each of his first three campaigns at Dartmouth, hitting a high of 313 points as a sophomore. Last year Wright averaged 9.6 points (258 total) as the team’s third-leading scorer.
Late Season Surge for Johnson
Senior Taylor Johnson began last season as the starting point guard, but was relegated to the bench after the first five games. After scoring 14 points at Boston College on Dec. 3, Johnson rarely made any noise on offense, scoring a total of 27 points over the next 16 games. But something clicked against Columbia on Feb. 18, and in the final five games averaged 11.0 points a game while knocking down 11-of-19 three-pointers (.579). The Big Green would love to see that production carry over into his senior season.
Dartmouth features four players on its roster that each knocked down at least 20 three-pointers last year, led by Miles Wright with 42, followed by Guilien Smith (34), Brendan Barry (25) and Taylor Johnson (20). No Big Green team has boasted a roster with four players that had drained at least 20 triples the year before since the 2004-05 squad had Michael McLaren (47), Steve Callahan (45), Michael Lang (31) and Leon Pattman (29). And the 199 three-pointers as a team last year were the most for Dartmouth since the 2002-03 squad knocked down 221. The school record is 263 set the year before in 2001-02.
Gettin’ Guilien With It
Of the 13 20-point games posted by Big Green players last year, four were by players that are on the roster this year, and three of those were supplied by junior Guilien Smith. It was his 29-point effort in a 75-69 win at Bryant that topped them all, the most for a Dartmouth player since Miles Wright tied the Leede Arena record with 39 against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 29, 2015.