|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.466||.403|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.325||.320|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.787||.718|
TV Test for Big Green
• Dartmouth concludes its five-game road swing with the difficult task of playing at Notre Dame in the Big Green’s first over-the-top televised game of the year, courtesy of ESPNU.
• Last time out, Dartmouth was within four points with little more than 10 minutes to play before falling at UIC, 76-60.
• Senior Miles Wright led the Green with 16 points while sophomore Will Emery added a career-high 15 on 7-of-11 from the floor.
• Dartmouth has four players averaging between 11.4 and 12.4 ppg, led by sophomore Brendan Barry, who has scored in double figures in seven of the eight games and hit at least two 3-pointers in 10 straight dating back to last year.
• Wright is right on Barry’s heels at 12.3 ppg, plus leads the team on the glass with 4.6 rpg, and senior Taylor Johnson adds 12.0 ppg while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor.
• Freshman Chris Knight, last week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week and the Big Green’s leading scorer entering the UIC game, was held in check due to foul trouble, producing just one point in a mere nine minutes of action, which dropped him to 11.4 ppg on the season.
• Junior Guilien Smith, who provided 10.0 ppg in the first three games and is the Big Green’s leading returning scorer from last year, is out indefinitely with a (non-shooting) hand injury.
• What more exciting way would there be for head coach David McLaughlin to earn the 200th victory of his collegiate coaching career than by taking down Notre Dame on the road?
Series vs. Notre Dame
• This is the sixth meeting between these two programs on the hardwood, and the Fighting Irish have won each of the first five here in South Bend and all by double digits.
• The last showdown came six years ago with Notre Dame coming away with a 65-47 triumph.
• A freshman, Gabas Maldunas, was the lone Big Green player to score in double figures with 12 points to go with nine rebounds.
• Dartmouth is 1-13 all-time within the state borders, and 3-15 against Indiana schools with the lone road win at Valparaiso on New Year’s Eve in 1969.
Scouting the Fighting Irish
• Since winning its first six games, Notre Dame has dropped three of its last five, including an 80-77 overtime loss to Indiana on Saturday.
• Bonzie Colson is averaging close to a double-double with 20.4 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the floor to go with 9.7 rebounds a night, not to mention 24 total blocks.
• Two others average in double figures — Matt Farrell at 16.4 ppg and T.J. Gibbs at 14.5. Both are 3-point marksmen with the latter draining 53.8 percent from long range (28-of-52).
• As a team, Notre Dame is shooting 41.6 percent from downtown, 17th in the country, as well as 49.8 percent overall, which ranks 26th.
• The Fighting Irish are also careful with the basketball, ranking third nationally in fewest turnovers per game (8.9).
• The Notre Dame rotation is mostly seven players with four of the five starters averaging at least 31 minutes a night, with Farrell and Gibbs over 35.
• Three of the five starters shoot at least 80 percent at the foul line, with the lone player under 76 percent being Gibbs (.682).
• Mike Brey (George Washington ’82) is the Glen and Stacey Murphy Head Basketball Coach with a 390-190 record over 17-plus seasons at Notre Dame and 489-242 mark in this his 23rd season as a Division I head coach. He has taken the Irish and Delaware to a combined 14 trips to the NCAA Tournament and eight times has had Notre Dame in the final national rankings.
It has been at least a dozen years (and probably longer) since Dartmouth last appeared on an ESPN television station, but don’t expect the Big Green to be camera shy. Every game this season can be seen either on TV or online with video streaming with a total of 19 games shown live on the Ivy League Network and nine on ESPN3 (some simulcast on the ILN).
Emery Scratches the Scoreboard
Sophomore Will Emery had never scored more than eight points in any of his first 19 career games, until he traveled to Chicago for a game against UIC. The forward went 7-of-11 from the floor and hit his only free throw to post a career-high 15 points.
Off the Mark
While Emery was knocking down shots, the rest of the team struggled a bit at UIC as Dartmouth finished the game shooting a season-low 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the floor. The Big Green have hit at least 41 percent in their other contests, topping 50 percent three times already, matching last year’s total.
Barry-ing the Three
Sophomore Brendan Barry has been Dartmouth’s deadliest shooter from long distance, hitting 47.7 percent (21-of-44) from behind the arc, which ranks 30th in the nation. In each of the last 10 games (going back to last year), Barry has provided at least two triples, and twice has hit four this year (Albany, Maine).
Back on the Wright Track
After seeing his season scoring average drop after three consecutive games, senior Miles Wright came through with 16 points at UIC to lead the Big Green. He is easily on pace to become the 29th player in Dartmouth history to score 1,000 points in a career, needing to average just 5.6 points a game the rest of the way.
Against UIC on Dec. 15, Dartmouth relied almost exclusively on its starters to put points on the board. Of the 60 Big Green points, 55 were scored by the starting five, or 91.7 percent. The last time the reserves did not score at least 10 percent of the points in a game was in an 87-70 victory over Brown on Feb. 13, 2016 (eight points).
Not an Illinois State of Mind
In its 118-year history, Dartmouth has not played many Illinois schools, nor made the trek to the state for a game. With the 76-60 loss to UIC, the Big Green are now 1-7 all-time within the state borders and 2-10 against programs from Illinois. The lone victory in the state was a 52-49 triumph at Northwestern on New Year’s Day — in 1949.