Harvard (8-5) at Dartmouth (3-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday January 12, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leade Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Harvard 6-1, Dartmouth 2-3. Away Record: Harvard 2-4, Dartmouth 1-7. Neutral Record: Harvard 0-0, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Harvard 0-0, Dartmouth 0-0. Series Record: Dartmouth currently leads the series, 94-80.
GAME NOTES: The Harvard Crimson begin defense of their Ivy League championship as they travel to Hanover to take on the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday.
The Crimson are 8-5 on the season and have won four of their last five games, including a 92-62 drubbing of the Rice Owls last weekend. With the 30-point victory, Harvard moved 8-5 on the year. Harvard is a perfect 5-0 in Ivy League openers under Tommy Amaker.
Wins have not come easy for the Big Green, although the team did bring an end to a seven-game skid with a 75-58 rout of Army this week. Still, Dartmouth is a mere 3-10 on the season, with the other two victories coming against Maine and Longwood.
Dartmouth holds a 94-80 advantage in the all-time series, but Harvard has won each of the last six meetings, including a pair of 16-point routs last year.
Harvard made light work of Rice last weekend, shooting s sizzling 64.6 percent from the floor and going 22-of-27 from the free-throw line. Five players notched double figures in the offensive outburst, led by Wesley Saunders and Laurent Rivard, who posted 21 points each. Siyani Chambers finished with 14 points, while Kenyatta Smith and Jonah Travis chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The eruption on the scoreboard was a little out of the ordinary for Harvard which enters league play averaging a more modest 70.2 ppg. Saunders leads the way, netting an Ivy league best 16.2 ppg, thanks to a healthy 52.2 percent shooting. Chambers adds 12.6 ppg, while Rivard rounds out the top scorers for Harvard at 11.3 ppg.
The Big Green had five players score in the double digits in the win over Army. John Golden and Gabas Maldunas each finished with 13 points, while Connor Boehm and Alex Mitola tallied 11 apiece. Tyler Melville scored 10 off the bench. The Big Green were ultra-efficient from behind the arc in the win, nailing 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range. On the season, Dartmouth has struggled offensively, averaging just 58.4 ppg on a miserable .368 shooting. Scoring threats are few, as Maldunas (10.8 ppg) and Alex Mitola (10.6 ppg) represent the best of the bunch.
Dartmouth has been struggling this season but is currently coming off a game where the team played as one, delivering a big win. Harvard's attack of the rim at both ends though is what gives the Crimson the edge in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 71, Dartmouth 58
01/12 10:37:26 ET