Brown (7-9) at Dartmouth (4-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 1, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 5-2. Dartmouth 3-4. Away Record: Brown 2-7, Dartmouth 1-8. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Portland State 0-0. Conference Record: Brown 1-1, Dartmouth 0-2. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 75-65.
GAMES NOTES: Both the Brown Bears and the Dartmouth Big Green will look to start February off with a win when they face each other in an Ivy League conflict at Leede Arena on Friday night.
Brown had a three-game winning streak put to a halt last Saturday in a 76-64 overtime loss on the road against Yale. The setback dropped the Bears to 7-9 overall on the campaign while evening their conference record at 1-1. Brown has been pretty weak on the road this season with just two wins in nine tries. Brown won't have the benefit of playing at home for a while though as its next three games are also away contests.
Dartmouth also suffered an overtime loss last time out as Harvard edged the Big Green 82-77 in Cambridge. With that loss the Big Green is just 4-12 overall, while winless in its first two league bouts. Of its four wins, only two have come against Division I competition for Dartmouth, which is 3-4 in home contests. Dartmouth will host Yale on Saturday before playing two straight on the road.
A year ago these teams split the season series with the home team victorious in each instance. With its win the Big Green ended a six-game losing streak against the Bears, while increasing its all-time series lead to 75-65.
After trailing for most of the second half against Yale, Brown tied the game at 56-56 with 2:03 to play on a 3-pointer from Matt Sullivan. The Bulldogs answered with a jumper from Nick Victory but Tucker Halpern netted two free throws in the final minute that forced overtime. The Bears ran out of gas in the extra session where they hit just 2-of-7 field goal attempts.
Scoring has not been a strength for Brown this season. The Bears rank second to last in the conference in points per game (61.9) while dead last in field goal percentage (.392). The Bears have managed to lead the conference in rebounds though (37.3 ppg) while holding opponents to 64.5 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting. Sullivan (14.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Sean McGonagill (14.6 ppg, 4.6 apg) have done all they can to keep the Bears afloat on the offensive end as the pair each rank in the top five in the Ivy League in scoring. Rafael Maia (10.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg) has had a meager season scoring but tops the conference on the glass.
Dartmouth rallied from an 13-point deficit in the second half to force overtime against Harvard. The Big Green ripped off an 18-5 run in the last four minutes to force the extra session where it was quickly dismissed, with Harvard scoring the first six points and never looking back.
If there is any team in the conference that commiserate with Brown on the offensive end it is Dartmouth. The Big Green are the lowest scoring team in the Ivy League (61.3 ppg) while sitting just ahead of the Bears in field goal percentage (.394). Unlike the Bears, the Big Green don't have prolific scorers like Sullivan and McGonagill to rely on. Gabas Maldunas (10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Alex Mitola (10.2 ppg) are the only players on the roster scoring in double figures. John Golden (9.2 ppg) has shown some flashes on the offensive end but like Mitola he is marred by a poor shooting percentage as each nets less than 40 percent from the floor.
With McGonagill and Sullivan leading the way the Bears should have enough firepower to take down the Big Green.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 65, Dartmouth 62
02/01 10:30:55 ET