By: Rick Bender
DARTMOUTH (10-8, 1-1)
vs. BROWN (12-6, 0-2)
and YALE (12-3, 2-0)
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, 2019 | 7 PM | ESPN+
Leede Arena (2,100) | Hanover, N.H.
• With the two games against Harvard complete, Dartmouth turns its attention to the rest of the league as the gauntlet of the six weekends of back-to-back games begins with Brown and Yale in town to start February.
• The Big Green won their Ivy opener for the first time in a dozen years back on Jan. 12, 81-63, only to have Harvard nip them in the return game last Saturday, 64-59.
• Dartmouth has found Leede Arena to be quite welcoming this year as the Big Green have won seven of their first eight games on the home court. Two more victories would give Dartmouth its most at home in 14 years, and three more would give them 10 for just the fourth time.
• Junior Brendan Barry continues to lead all of Division I in 3-point accuracy having connected on 51.3 percent of his shots from the perimeter.
• While Barry is second-leading scorer on the team at 13.7 ppg, sophomore Chris Knight tops that and ranks fifth in the league at 15.4 ppg. He also is fourth among Ivy players with 7.6 rpg.
• Dartmouth hit 11 3-pointers as a team in each game against the Crimson, giving them 11 contests with 10 or more long balls. And their 10.8 makes per game ranks seventh nationally.
• Freshman Taurus Samuels, who was the Ivy Rookie of the Week back on Jan. 14, led the Big Green with 13 points thanks to four 3-pointers in the loss at Harvard.
Series vs. Brown
• Dartmouth holds an 81-76 lead in the all-time series against the Bears, dating back to their first game exactly 117 years earlier in 1902 (which the Big Green won, 70-14).
• Last season, these two teams each won on their home court, splitting the season series for the fifth consecutive year.
• Brown won the first game on a buzzer-beater, 64-62, before Dartmouth held off the Bears in the final seconds in Hanover three weeks later, 66-63.
• Chris Knight averaged 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games against Brown last year, while Will Emery produced 12.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
• Since Leede Arena opened in 1987, Dartmouth has won 21 of the 31 contests against Brown, including three of the last four.
• Head coach David McLaughlin has a 2-2 record against the Bears in his tenure at Dartmouth.
Scouting the Bears
• Brown is off to a 12-6 start this season and recently had a six-game win streak snapped by Yale with back-to-back defeats.
• The Bears’ best wins this year were a 71-69 home win over Stony Brook and an 82-61 thumping of San Diego State on the road.
• It will be strength against strength as Brown has held opponents to just 28.5 percent from the perimeter, eighth-lowest in the country, while Dartmouth ranks sixth in accuracy from the outside.
• Desmond Cambridge leads the team at 17.9 ppg and ranks third in the Ivy League, while Tamenang Choh adds 12.7 ppg and is the conference’s top rebounder at 8.8 per game.
• Cambridge deals in volume from long range with 50 3-pointers at a 35.5 percent clip, while Obi Okolie is more discerning, having hit 48.0 percent of his 50 3-point attempts.
• Brandon Anderson (9.2 ppg) is a dynamic play-maker, while Josh Howard (son of former Michigan star Juwan) is shooting 56.7 percent from the floor.
• Mike Martin (Brown ’04) is in his seventh season at the helm with a 85-106 record. 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 212 times with Yale holding the advantage over the Green, 114-98.
• Yale has won the last six meetings since Dartmouth denied the Bulldogs the outright Ivy League title in the final game of the 2014-15 season.
• Last year the Bulldogs won both games by double figures, 74-64 in New Haven and 77-65 in Leede.
• Will Emery (15 points), Chris Knight (12) and Ian Sistare (11) are the only active players for Dartmouth to score in double figures in any of the matchups against Yale.
• The Big Green are 15-16 all-time against the Bulldogs at Leede Arena.
• Yale has won 31 of the 38 meetings this millennium and not lost consecutive games since 1999.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• Yale sits atop of the league with a 2-0 record and is 12-3 overall with impressive wins over California and Miami.
• The Bulldogs started Ivy play with back-to-back wins over Brown, including a 70-67 road win to hand the Bears their first home loss of the season.
• Five players are averaging in double figures for a Bulldog team that tops the Ivy in scoring 82.8 ppg and field goal percentage (.494).
• Miye Oni does a bit of everything as the team’s leading scorer (16.2 ppg) while ranking second in rebounds (6.4 rpg), assists (3.9) and blocks (1.2).
• Jordan Bruner is one of four other players averaging just over 11 points a night (11.2), plus leads the league with 4.1 assists per game and is second with an 8.7 rebounding average.
• The top long-range marksman is Azar Swain with 31 triples at a 43.1 percent clip, though five other regulars are capable of hitting 3-pointers as well.
• Head coach James Jones (Albany ’86), the longest tenured Ivy League coach in his 20th year, just picked up his 300th career win last weekend, giving him an overall record of 300-268. Three years ago he led the Bulldogs to 23 wins, a league title and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
This weekend, about two dozen former players from the past six decades are returning to campus to take in the games and get a little court time of their own. The oldest returning alum is Gary Vandeweghe ’60 who was Dartmouth’s leading scorer in its last NCAA Tournament game in 1959. And there will be eight former captains as well as two 1,000-point scorers (Gregg Frame ’94 and Miles Wright ’18), one former NBA player (Walter Palmer ’90) and one former MLB pitcher (Jim Beattie ’76).
Suits and Sneakers
The Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week was last week, but the Dartmouth coaching staff wanted an opportunity to help raise awareness for the fight against cancer in front of the home crowd. So they will be wearing sneakers on the bench against Brown as they did at Harvard.
Just Short in Sweep Attempt
The Big Green have not swept Harvard in 20 years, but they had a chance to do so when they played in Cambridge on Jan. 26. The game featured eight ties and four lead changes, and Dartmouth trailed by just one point in the final minute, but could not get over the hump in a 64-59 defeat.
Taurus’ Performance in the Stars
Freshman Taurus Samuels likely checked his horoscope on Jan. 26 and liked what he saw as he led Dartmouth at Harvard with a season-high 13 points off the bench thanks to four 3-pointers. Samuels is the sixth Big Green player to lead the team in scoring this year, but just the second to do so in a reserve role.
Lighting It Up
• Dartmouth enters this game ranked seventh in the nation in 3-pointers made (10.8 per game) and in percentage as a team (.405).
• Brendan Barry leads the country at 51.3 percent (61-of-119) behind the arc while James Foye (35-of-72, 48.6) and Ian Sistare (31-of-68, 45.6) are also among the top five in the Ivy League (minimum 1.0 3-pointers per game).
• In 11 of the first 18 games, the Big Green have hit at least 10 treys, including 11 in each of the matchups with Harvard. That is the second-most such games in a Dartmouth season; the school record is 16 set in 2001-02.
• The Big Green are well on pace to shatter the program record of 263 3-pointers made — set in that same 2001-02 season — with 194 treys after just 18 games. At that rate, Dartmouth would finish the regular season with 323.
• Dartmouth started the year with four straight games with at least 10 3-pointers, its longest such streak since a six-game stretch in 2002.
• The Big Green hit 22 trifectas in the season opener, breaking the team record of 18 set in a win over Albany on Jan. 20, 2001.
• Dartmouth has had 15 or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season after reaching that total just four times previously since the 3-point line was instituted in 1986-87.