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#23/24 RHODE ISLAND (0-0, 0-0)
FRIDAY, NOV. 11 • 7 P.M.
RYAN CENTER (7,800), KINGSTON, R.I.
Video: Atlantic-10 Network
Audio: Rhody Sports Newtork
Live Stats: GoRhody.com
All-Time Series vs. URI: Big Green lead 2-1
Last Meeting vs. Rams: Nov. 24, 1978 — Rhode Island 73, Dartmouth 64
• Dartmouth opens up the 2016-17 season with a new coaching staff led by David McLaughlin, who most recently was the associate head coach at Northeastern and prior to that spent nine-plus seasons as the head coach at Division II Stonehill College where he posted a 189-99 record.
• This is the third straight year the Big Green open the season on the road, playing nationally ranked Rhode Island for the fourth time in the history of the two programs but first time in 38 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 115 seasons of Dartmouth basketball, the program has posted a 76-39 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 Seton Hall, Dartmouth kept it close into the second half, but the host Pirates gradually pulled away for an 84-67 victory. Evan Boudreaux scored 25 points in his collegiate debut.
Meet Your Big Green
• Dartmouth graduated six seniors, only one of which was a starter, however. The returning players bring back 61 percent of its minutes, 66 percent of its scoring, 71 percent of its three-pointers and 64 percent of its rebounding.
• The Big Green have five seniors on the squad, two of which hail from Illinois — guard Mike Fleming and wing Quinten Payne.
• The last two Ivy League Rookies of the Year grace the Dartmouth roster in Miles Wright (2014-15) and Evan Boudreaux (2015-16).
• Six freshmen join the Big Green this year with two California natives (Ian Carter and Will Emery) and the lone international player, Jonas Stakeliunas from Lithuania.
Series vs. Rhode Island
• This is the fourth meeting between these two, but first since the Rams defeated Dartmouth, 73-64, at the Hartford Invitational on Nov. 24, 1978.
• The Big Green are 2-1 against Rhode Island with the first encounter coming during the 1957-58 campaign with Dartmouth earning an 87-69 win.
• Dartmouth is 13-27 all-time against current Atlantic-10 schools.
Scouting the Rams
• Rhode Island went 17-15 last year and 9-9 in the Atlantic-10 to finish seventh behind Davidson.
• The Rams were picked to finish second in their conference this year, but oddly is the only A-10 squad in either preseason top-25 poll. Dayton was favored to win the league.
• Four of URI’s starters (three of whom averaged at least 12 points a game) return to the floor, as do two of the top three reserves.
• Shooting guard Jared Terrell led the Rams with 13.6 ppg a year ago, and point guard Jarvis Garrett had 12.5 ppg while shooting 41.9 percent (44-of-105) from long range with 4.7 assists a night.
• Leading rebounder Kuran Iverson (7.1 rpg is also back with the Rams, as is the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Hassan Martin.
• E.C. Matthews, a preseason all-conference pick, missed all but 10 minutes of the 2015-16 season.
• Dan Hurley (Seton Hall ’96) is in his fifth year at Rhode Island and sports a 62-64 record with the Rams. Two years ago he led URI to a 23-10 mark while earning USBWA District I Coach of the Year honors.
Playing a Ranked Opponent
• This is the first game for Dartmouth against an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll in nearly five years — Harvard on Jan. 7, 2012 (63-47 loss).
• The Big Green are 3-53 all-time against AP ranked opponents.
• The last win came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against 14th-ranked West Virginia, 61-59 in overtime, on March 13, 1956.
• The other two victories were both against Holy Cross, once in 1953, the other a month before the win over West Virginia.
• Dartmouth itself was ranked for five weeks during the 1957-58 season — coincidentally the same year the Big Green first played Rhode Island.
Year 4 of Ivy League Digital 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 Digital Network. Six of the conference games will be simulcast on ESPN3 as well. Visit ildn.tv for information on how to subscribe to the ILDN and watch the action on your computer, tablet or phone.
Just as they were the past two years, the Big Green were pegged to finish sixth in the preseason media poll. Princeton, which returns its top seven players from last year’s 12-2 squad, earned the top spot with Harvard close behind. Last year’s champion, Yale, was picked to place third, but that was before its star guard, Makai Mason, was lost for the season due to a broken foot.