|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.462||.417|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.743||.322|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.785||.638|
Looking to Start a Win Streak
• Eight days after beating Bryant, 75-58, Dartmouth returns to the hardwood at in-state rival New Hampshire in search of starting its first winning streak in a year’s time.
• Both the Bulldogs and the Wildcats were involved in the Big Green three-game winning streak last year, on almost exactly the very same dates (Dec. 22 and 31).
• This year against Bryant, Dartmouth jumped out to a 15-3 lead and never allowed the visitors to reclaim the lead, though they did close the gap to as little as four in the second half.
• The Big Green’s leading scorer this season, Brendan Barry (13.4 ppg), set career highs with five 3-pointers and 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, not to mention five assists and a pair of steals.
• Three other active players are averaging at least 10 points a game — Miles Wright (12.1 ppg), Chris Knight (11.5) and Taylor Johnson (11.4).
• Wright also leads the team in rebounding at 5.1 per game, and is coming off a career-high 13 boards against Bryant.
• As a team, the Green dominated the boards against the Bulldogs, 45-29, with more help from Will Emery who posted a career-best 12 caroms.
• Dartmouth shot exactly 50 percent against Bryant, the fifth time it has reached the mark this year.
• The win last week was the 200th for David McLaughlin as a collegiate head coach. His first 189 came at Division II Stonehill.
Series vs. New Hampshire
• The only two Division I schools in the state of New Hampshire have met 67 times on the hardwood with the Wildcats holding a slight edge, 34-33.
• Last year Dartmouth dropped the Wildcats in Hanover on a Brendan Barry 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left for a 63-62 victory. UNH’s Jaleen Smith answered with a trey, but replay showed it came after the buzzer.
• The Big Green have not won consecutive games against the Wildcats in 25 years.
• This is the 48th consecutive year these two have squared off. Since the calendar changed to 2000, the Wildcats have won 12 of the 17 meetings.
• The Big Green are 12-16 against UNH at Lundholm Gym since it opened in 1938, with their last victory at the venue coming four years ago, 62-48.
Scouting the Wildcats
• Of New Hampshire’s three victories this year, only one is against a Division I opponent (Bryant). The score was nearly identical to the Dartmouth victory against the Bulldogs at 75-59.
• While the Wildcats have outscored their opposition by more than five points a game, with the two non-Division I games taken out, its opponents have outscored them by more than six.
• Tanner Leissner is the scoring stalwart for UNH at 18.8 ppg while averaging 8.1 rebounds.
• Iba Camara makes for a nice tandem with Leissner, averaging a double-double at 11.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg while shooting over 50 percent from the floor.
• As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 41.3 percent overall, 34.3 percent from the perimeter, and 77.8 percent at the foul line (12th nationally).
• UNH has done well on the glass, grabbing over 40 per game and 8.7 more than its opponents.
• Josh Hopkins and Jordan Reed both have hit 25 3-pointers this season.
• Elijah Jordan runs the offense with an assist-to-turnover ratio of just over two (49-24) while also hitting 35 percent of his 3-point tries (14-of-40).
• Bill Herrion (Merrimack ’81) is in his 13th season at UNH, sporting a 160-216 record with the Wildcats. He also coached Drexel to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons and helmed East Carolina for six years, giving him a mark of 397-385 in his career.
Live on AmericaEast.tv
The Dartmouth game at New Hampshire will be streamed live through AmericaEast.tv on Saturday night, just one of three Big Green games this season not on either the Ivy League Network or an ESPN entity (ESPNU or ESPN3). The game is free for the public, so get your last look at Dartmouth before 2018 arrives!
Must Defend the Foul Line Better
Don’t expect the Big Green’s luck to change when it comes to opponents hitting free throws. Dartmouth’s Division I opponents have hit 78.0 percent of their foul shots this year (fifth highest nationally), while UNH has hit 78.2 percent (11th). Guess the Green will need to work on their distractions a bit more …
Big Win Over Bryant
With its 75-58 defeat of Bryant on Dec. 22, Dartmouth enjoyed its largest margin of victory over a Division I opponent since besting Brown, 87-70, on Feb. 13, 2016. Earlier that year, the Big Green had victories by 23 and 24 points as well.
A Quarter and Five Dimes
Sophomore Brendan Barry enjoyed the finest shooting performance of his young collegiate career by knocking down five 3-pointers while scoring a personal-best 25 points in the win over Bryant on Dec. 22. But he didn’t neglect his duties as point guard to do so, dishing out five assists as well. Barry now leads qualified Ivy Leaguers in 3-point percentage (.467), which ranks 29th nationally.
The Wright-Emery Boards
Dartmouth has been outrebounded as a team by about two per game thus far, but dominated the boards against Bryant on Dec. 22 by a 45-29 margin. A lot of the glass cleaning was provided by senior Miles Wright and Will Emery with 13 and 12, respectively, both of which are career highs. It was just Wright’s second foray into double digits and Emery’s first.
Prolific 3-Point Performance
With 15 3-pointers at Notre Dame on Dec. 19, Dartmouth had its most long balls in a single game in 14 years (15 against Tufts), and most ever on the road. The last time Dartmouth had 15 or more against a Division I team was almost 16 years ago against Albany (15, Jan. 18, 2002), one year after setting the school record with 18 against Albany.
The Big Green followed that game up with 10 more triples in the 75-58 win over Bryant, giving them consecutive games with at least 10 3-pointers for the first time in six years. Once again, Albany was involved as Dartmouth had a dozen against both the Great Danes and Army on Dec. 21 and 23, 2011. The program record for back-to-back games is 27, both of which were against Albany in 2001!
Don’t Forget the Defense
On top of the terrific performance on the boards against Bryant on Dec. 22, the Dartmouth defense smothered the Bulldog shooters into shooting just 32.8 percent from the floor and 26.5 percent from distance. It was the worst field goal percentage for a Big Green opponent since holding Old Dominion to 28.8 percent on Nov. 16, 2016. Oddly enough, Dartmouth lost that game, 59-47.