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|Opponent FG Percentage||.456||.465||.478|
|Opponent 3FG Percentage||.344||.351||.353|
|Opponent FT Percentage||.706||.779||.681|
Bulldogs and Bears in Town
• With its first Ivy League victory under its belt, Dartmouth now is looking to string together some wins with Yale and Brown in Hanover this weekend.
• The Big Green, which defeated Princeton last Saturday, 72-56, have not won consecutive games since a three-game win streak at the end of the 2016 calendar year.
• Senior Taylor Johnson, the team’s leading scorer at 12.6 ppg, produced a game-high 21 points, including a 3-pointer with 5:23 to play that put Dartmouth on top for good.
• Senior Miles Wright is another of the four Big Green players averaging in double figures at 12.0 ppg, but had his string of four straight games with at least 10 points end in the victory, though he did snare a team-best 10 rebounds.
• Dartmouth put a lot of effort into its rebounding last weekend, grabbing 43 boards in each game, nine more than Penn and 20 more than Princeton.
• Sophomore Adrease Jackson has established himself as a viable scoring option the last two weeks, chipping in 13.0 ppg in the four contests, including 16 in the win over Princeton. He is also the Green’s top rebounder in Ivy action (6.6 rpg).
• Dartmouth’s top 3-point threat, sophomore Brendan Barry, was held without a trey the first time the Big Green played Yale and Brown, but has since hit 8-of-18 (.444) in the last four games.
Series vs. Yale
• Dartmouth has played the Bulldogs 211 times entering this contest. Yale has the advantage with a 113-98 mark against the Big Green.
• Yale has won the last five meetings since Dartmouth denied the Bulldogs the outright Ivy League title in the final game of the 2014-15 season.
• Three weeks ago, Yale kept the Green at arm’s length in the second half with the score differential between three and nine points for all but two minutes in a 74-64 Dartmouth defeat.
• Taylor Johnson had 15 points to lead four Big Green players in double figures while Alex Copeland had 25 for the Bulldogs.
• The Big Green are 15-15 all-time against the Bulldogs at Leede Arena.
• Yale has won 30 of the 37 meetings this millennium and not lost consecutive games 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.
• While the Bulldogs are 4-1 in Ivy play at home, they have gone winless on the road in three tries.
• Last weekend, Yale knocked off Columbia, 88-84, then defeated Cornell, 74-65.
• Miye Oni leads the Bulldogs in scoring (15.1 ppg), assists (75) and and blocks (19), but in league play, guards Trey Phills (14.6 ppg) and Alex Copeland (14.4) have been the top scorers.
• Phills has been extremely efficient in his Ivy scoring, shooting 61.8 percent from the floor, plus leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg).
• Outside of Copeland and Azar Swain, Yale has struggled with its outside shot against Ivy teams, shooting 31.7 percent overall from the perimeter.
• After Phills, the top rebounders in Ivy play for the Bulldogs are Blake Reynolds (5.3 rpg) and Oni (5.1), along with rookie Paul Atkinson (4.6).
• Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86), in his 19th year with an overall record of 283-263, 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.
Series vs. Brown
• While Dartmouth lost the first meeting against Brown this season, 64-62, the good news is the Big Green have split the season series with the Bears each of the previous four years and hold an 80-76 lead in the all-time series.
• Dartmouth never led the game in Providence three weeks ago, but tied the game with seven seconds left before Zach Hunsaker drove the length of the floor and hit the game-winner as time expired.
• Will Emery led Dartmouth with a career-high 18 points against the Bears.
• Since Leede Arena opened in 1987, Dartmouth has won 20 of the 30 contests against Brown at the venue, including two of the last three.
Scouting the Bears
• Picked to finish last in the Ivy League, Brown has surged to the top half of the standings at 4-4.
• Last weekend, the Bears were thumped by Cornell on their home court, 78-60, before rebounding for a 91-88 overtime triumph against Columbia, their third overtime game in Ivy play.
• Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge is making a rock-solid case as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, averaging 18.1 points a night, and an Ivy-best 21.6 ppg in league action.
• Brandon Anderson is second in the league overall at 18.1 ppg (with one more point than Cambridge), with more than a third of his points coming at the foul line where he shoots 86.1 percent.
• While Cambridge leads the team with 57 3-pointers, Zach Hunsaker is a more accurate outside shooter at 37.6 percent overall and 44.7 percent against Ancient Eight teams.
• Hunsaker and Obi Okolie both average between 10 and 11 points a game in Ivy play.
• The top rebounders are freshman Matt DeWolf (5.0 rpg) and Tamenang Choh (4.6).
• 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.
Groundhog Day for Big Green
Groundhog Day came and went last two weeks ago, it took a little longer for it to leave Hanover. Like Phil Connors, Dartmouth was stuck in its own Groundhog Day of sorts with its 0-7 start in Ivy League action. In every one of those games, the Big Green trailed at the half, and six times they rallied to take the lead or tie the game late, only to come up empty. The pattern continued against Princeton, trailing the Tigers by a 26-25 margin at the intermission, but Dartmouth finally broke through by ending the game on a 22-4 run for a 16-point victory. That ended a 10-game slide, its longest since dropping the final 11 games of the 2010-11 season.
Grab a Tiger by the Toe
Princeton had defeated the Big Green in the previous seven meeting and 15 of the last 16 before Dartmouth came away with 72-56 win on Feb. 10. It was the second-largest margin of victory against the Tigers since the 1979 campaign, the largest being a 71-52 triumph 10 years ago.
Taylor “Blackjack” Johnson
Taylor Johnson recorded his fourth 20-point game with his 21-point effort in the 72-56 win over Princeton on Feb. 10. The senior hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor, 2-of-3 from distance and 5-of-6 at the foul line to hit the jackpot. His four 20-point games match the total for the rest of the team — two for Miles Wright, and one each for Brendan Barry and Adrease Jackson.
Jackson Jacks It Up
Freshman Adrease Jackson continued to impress at the offensive end of the floor as the rookie matched Johnson from the floor, hitting 7-of-9 shots, plus drained a 3-pointer and a free throw to contribute 16 points in just 15 minutes off the bench. Only Chris Knight had managed to post at least as many points as minutes played in a game this year (minimum five points), having done so twice by matching the two (14 points, 14 minutes vs. Vermont; 16 points, 16 minutes vs. Emerson).
Hammering the Boards
Before the weekend of Feb. 9-10, Dartmouth had recorded more rebounds than its opponent just four times this year. That changed quickly as the Big Green pounded the glass to earn a 43-34 advantage over Penn before pummeling Princeton with 43 more rebounds while yielding just 23. That 20-rebound margin is the largest for Dartmouth since besting Brown on the boards, 43-21, in an 87-70 win on Feb. 13, 2016. In two seasons under Coach McLaughlin, the Big Green are 10-9 when snaring more caroms, 4-2 this year.
Rebounds Are a Wright
For most of the season, senior Miles Wright led the team in rebounding, but recently ceded that honor to sophomore Will Emery. But against Princeton, Wright showed he still has what it takes to hit the boards, hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds, his third career double-digit effort.
Sights Lined Up at the Line
Dartmouth took advantage of just about every trip to the free throw line against Penn and Princeton, converting 36-of-41 (.878) foul shots in the two games combined. That accuracy kept the Green in the game against the Quakers as they hit just 27.9 percent from the floor, its lowest output since Nov. 13, 2012 when they managed to make just 26.7 percent in a loss to New Hampshire. For the season, Dartmouth is now shooting 74.3 percent at the charity stripe, third in the league and its highest mark in 30 years.
Free Throw Follies
While Dartmouth is shooting well at the foul line, its opponents have been even better, converting a robust 77.9 percent of their free throws, even after Princeton went just 2-of-7. That is the highest rate against any Division I school in the country, as reported by KenPom.com. The only saving grace for the Big Green is that they are 29th nationally in opponent free throw rate, meaning their competition doesn’t get to the foul line nearly as often as against other teams.
Taking Care of the Ball
Turnovers were a problem for most of the season for the Big Green, coughing the ball up at least 16 times in eight games over a 10-game stretch. But in each of the last five games, Dartmouth has taken better care of the ball, committing no more than 13 in any contest, twice giving it away just 10 times.
Emery Scratches Out Double-Double
Against Penn on Feb. 9, sophomore Will Emery registered his first career double-double with 14 points while matching a personal best with 12 rebounds. It was just the third double-double this season for the Big Green, joining Adrease Jackson (24 points, 14 rebounds at Columbia) and Brendan Barry (10 points, 12 assists at Notre Dame).
Four or More No More
Generally speaking, coaches like to have a balanced scoring attack instead of relying on one player to dominate. That being said, the Big Green have had four or more players score in double figures in a game on nine occasions, yet they have lost all nine of those games, most recently against Penn with four of the five starters collecting 10 or more points each.