Dartmouth (11-16) at Yale (15-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,800) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 8-7, Yale 8-3. Away Record: Dartmouth 3-9, Yale 6-9. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Yale 1-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 4-9, Yale 9-4. Series Record: Yale leads, 117-71.
GAME NOTES: The Yale Bulldogs and Dartmouth Big Green will finish off their respective regular season schedules on Saturday when they meet up for an Ivy League bout at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
It may be too late to earn itself postseason consideration, but Dartmouth has at least shown some fight of late, with wins in back-to-back games following a seven-game losing streak. However, at just 11-16 overall the Big Green will more than likely be playing their final game of the year on Saturday.
Yale did not do itself any favors down the stretch, as it let a possible Ivy League title slip away with losses in three of its last four games, including a 70-58 setback at home to conference champion Harvard on Friday night. The Bulldogs are still a solid 15-11 overall, meaning their season could still continue beyond Saturday's contest.
The Bulldogs posted a 67-54 victory over Dartmouth when these teams matched up earlier this season. The win was the ninth in the last 10 games for Yale against Dartmouth. The Bulldogs also lead the all-time series, 117-71.
Tyler Melville finished with 23 points and Connor Boehm tacked on 22 points and eight rebounds in a 75-68 road victory for Dartmouth over Brown on Friday night. The Big Green only sank 40 percent of their shots from the floor, but they forced more than twice as many turnovers (11) as they committed (five).
Dartmouth is not much of an offensive force, although no team in the Ivy League really lights up the scoreboard. The Big Green are sixth in the conference in scoring (68 ppg) and fifth in field goal percentage (.444). They do limit their opposition to 66.8 ppg at the other end of the floor. Alex Mitola (11.2 ppg) and Boehm (11 ppg, 5.6 rpg) are the most productive players on the team, especially after Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) was lost for the season to injury at the end of January. Mitola added 17 points to the winning effort against Brown.
Yale was dominated right from the start by Harvard, which went on a 9-0 run to open the contest and never looked back. While the Crimson netted 56.8 percent of their shots from the floor, the Bulldogs finished at just 36 percent, missing all 14 of their shots from 3-point range.
Justin Sears finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds in the contest, but got little support from his teammates. He has gotten used to carrying the load for the team, as he leads the way in scoring (16.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg), while knocking down 50.5 percent of his shots from the floor. Javier Duren (12.4 ppg, 3.1 apg) has had impressive outings this season, but his inconsistency (.346 FG percentage) has kept him from making more of an impact. All told, Yale is actually scoring at a slower clip than the Big Green (66.8 ppg) and shooting a worse percentage from the floor (.419).
Sears is a difficult player to stop and if Duren can play to the level he is capable of, the two of them should help Yale, a team with plenty of success against the rest of the Ivy League (9-3), finish off the regular season with a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 70, Dartmouth 64
03/08 11:48:42 ET