|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Opponent FG Percentage||.467||.474||.465|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.328||.357||.357|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.675||.777||.721|
Weekend Back-To-Backs Are Here
• With losses in its first two Ivy games, Dartmouth now embarks on a four-game road trip beginning with Brown and Yale this weekend, the first of six straight Friday-Saturday conference matchups.
• The Big Green nearly snapped a four-game skid last Saturday by overcoming a 17-point deficit in the second half to take the lead with 21.5 seconds left. Harvard had other ideas, however, tying the game before winning in overtime, 62-57.
• Senior Taylor Johnson not only led Dartmouth with 19 points in the game, but also hauled in a career-high nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on his first double-double.
• Johnson is one of four active players averaging double digits (11.5 ppg) in scoring, led by Brendan Barry (11.8) and Miles Wright (11.7), with freshman Chris Knight (10.5) not far behind.
• Dartmouth has shot less than 40 percent from the floor in just three games this season, but two of those three came against Harvard, including a season-low 33.3 percent on Saturday.
• The Big Green have taken the Crimson to overtime 11 times and sport an 8-3 record in those games, but have lost the last two.
Series vs. Brown
• Dartmouth has split the season series with the Bears each of the past four years and holds an 80-75 lead in the all-time series.
• Last year, the Big Green won in Providence, 77-74, on a Mike Fleming game-winning three-pointer with 55 seconds to play. But the return trip to Hanover was taken by Brown, which led by as many as 20 in the first half before holding on for an 80-75 victory.
• Guilien Smith averaged 15.5 points in the two games last year, while Miles Wright has averaged 10.2 points in six career games versus Brown.
• The Big Green have scored at least 75 points in six of the last seven meetings, winning four of those contests.
• At the Pizzitola Sports Center, Dartmouth has an 11-17 record with its victory last year, which was just its second there in the last 12 years.
Scouting the Bears
• Picked to finish last in the Ivy League, Brown has been a surprise with an 8-7 record while splitting two close games with Yale most recently.
• The Bears have a potent offense, leading the league in scoring at 77.9 points per game. A big part of their offense comes at the foul line where they make nearly 20 free throws a night at the league’s best rate (.760).
• The resurgence has largely been led by underclassmen, including the top three scorers in sophomore Brandon Anderson (18.7 ppg), freshman Desmond Cambridge (15.9) and sophomore juco transfer Zach Hunsaker (10.5).
• Anderson has taken his game to the next level after starting 28 of 30 games last year. He leads the team in scoring, assists (59) and steals (27), plus is shooting 87.4 percent at the foul line with 7.4 makes a game.
• Rebounding is a team effort with Matt DeWolf (5.1 rpg) leading seven players with at least 3.0.
• Mike Martin (Brown ’04) is in his sixth season at the helm with a 70-91record. 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 210 times entering this contest. Yale has the advantage with a 112-98 mark against the Big Green.
• Yale has won the last four meetings since Dartmouth denied the Bulldogs the outright Ivy League title in the final game of the 2014-15 season.
• Last year Yale shot 57 percent in both games to win at home, 73-64, and in Hanover, 99-86.
• Miles Wright has enjoyed playing against Yale throughout his career, averaging 12.8 ppg while shooting 50.9 percent overall, while Taylor Johnson has made all 18 of his free throws.
• Dartmouth is 28-55 all-time against Yale at Lee Amphitheater. The Green also played an Ivy playoff game here in 1959, beating Princeton, 69-68.
• Yale has won 28 of the last 34 meetings and not lost two consecutive games in the series since 1999.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Yale, which received more first-place votes in the preseason poll than any other team, has had to deal with a challenging schedule and extended injuries to two of its best players in Jordan Bruner and Makai Mason.
• Despite an 8-10 record, Yale has outscored its opponents this year while averaging over 76 points a game while leading the league in FG pct. (.479).
• Miye Oni leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.4 ppg), steals (18) and blocks (13), plus is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and assists (52).
• Guard Alex Copeland is shooting better than 51 percent and contributes 11.9 ppg.
• Blake Reynolds, the third Bulldog scoring in double figures (10.7 ppg), leads the team on the boards (5.7 rpg) and in helpers (2.9 assists per game).
• The top newcomer to the team has been 6-10 Paul Atkinson who is shooting 70.3 percent while contributing 9.2 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
• Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86), in his 19th year with an overall record of 280-260, is the longest tenured head coach in the Ivy League. Two years ago he led the Bulldogs to 23 wins, a league title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
Year Five of Ivy League Network
All home games and every Ivy League contest (19 in all) will be streamed live in high-definition this season through the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Five of the conference games will be simulcast on ESPN3 as well while four more will be televised by Eleven Sports Network (including the Brown game) and another on SNY. Visit IvyLeagueNetwork.com for information on how to subscribe to the ILN.
Second-Half Surges For Naught
In both games against Harvard this season, Dartmouth found itself trailing by at least 15 points in the second half, managed to rally for the lead only to come up short in the end. First, the Big Green turned a 15-point deficit in Cambridge on Jan. 6 into a three-point lead with six minutes to play, but the Crimson rallied for a 61-51 victory. Then on Jan. 20, Dartmouth fell behind by 17 before embarking on a 24-5 run to go up by two with 21.5 seconds to play. Again Harvard thwarted the comeback, tying the game with two free throws before claiming the win in overtime, 62-57.
First Sellout in Six Years
The first Ivy League home game on Jan. 20 against Harvard provided Dartmouth with its 31st sellout in this the 31st year of Leede Arena. The last capacity crowd for the Big Green at home also featured the Crimson when the visitors handed Dartmouth a 54-38 defeat on Jan. 21, 2012.
Out of Time in Overtime
Dartmouth played its first overtime game of the year on Jan. 20 against Harvard, but came up on the short end of the 62-57 final score. It was just the second overtime game in the David McLaughlin era, the other being an 80-79 victory over Columbia last year, also in Leede Area. The Big Green are now 44-51 all-time in overtime games with the first recorded instance coming on Feb. 23, 1923, a 32-31 loss to Cornell.
Senior Taylor Johnson did it all in the hard-fought, 62-57 overtime loss to Harvard on Jan. 20. The 6-4 guard set career highs in both minutes (40) and rebounds (9) while leading the Big Green on the scoreboard (19 points) and the glass. He even found time to dish out four assists and swipe the ball twice. And by hitting 3-of-5 3 pointers, he continued his recent surge from the perimeter, now 7-of-14 over the last three games.
Dartmouth has four active players averaging at least 10 points a game, but two have been the most consistent in hitting double digits. Sophomore Brendan Barry has provided 10 or more points a dozen times and freshman Chris Knight has done so in 11 of the 15 games. Both topped the mark in the most recent game versus the Crimson with 12 and 13 points, respectively, and the only game in which neither had 10-plus was at Harvard. on Jan. 6.
Freshman Chris Knight was thrust into the starting lineup for the first time in his career when the Big Green hosted Harvard on Jan. 20. The rookie handled the assignment quite well, scoring 13 points on 4-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the foul line while matching a season high with five rebounds and blocking two shots. For the season, he is third in the Ivy League in FG percentage (.566) and is tied for the team lead in field goals made (64).
Closing in on 1,000 Points
Senior Miles Wright, who will play in his 100th career game on Friday night at Brown, is close to becoming the 29th player in Dartmouth history with 1,000 points in a career, needing just 30 more to hit the milestone. Averaging just under 10 points a game for his career, Wright simply needs to put up 2.5 ppg the rest of the way to get to 1,000. When he does get those 30 points, he will become the first Big Green player with 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers. Just waiting for Wright to post his pre-congratulations to himself on Instagram …