FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gymnasium (3,408) -- New York, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 4-5. Columbia 3-4. Away Record:
Dartmouth 1-8, Columbia 5-5. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Columbia 1-0.
Conference Record: Dartmouth 1-3, Columbia 1-3. Series Record: Columbia leads,
GAMES NOTES: After collecting their first conference win of the season the
Dartmouth Big Green will face the Columbia Lions and try to get a win streak
going in an Ivy League battle at Levien Gymnasium Friday night.
Last Saturday Dartmouth earned a 71-62 win over Yale at home for its first
league victory. The loss snapped a brief two-game slump for the Big Green, who
are now 5-13 overall and 1-3 in Ivy League play. In nine previous trips on the
road Dartmouth has collected just a single win although it has yet to earn a
road victory against a Division I squad. Dartmouth continues on to Cornell on
Columbia topped Cornell in its first league test but since then has lost three
straight, including a 72-66 setback against Princeton last Saturday. The loss
evened both the Lions' overall (9-9) and road records (5-5). At Levien
Gymnasium the Lions are actually under .500 with three wins in seven tries.
Columbia will have a stern test against conference leading Harvard on
In the last two years Columbia has swept the season series with Dartmouth to
increase its all-time series lead to 107-95.
Dartmouth shot 51.1 percent from the floor and outscored Yale 36-20 in the
paint last Saturday. The Big Green also took advantage of opportunities at the
free-throw line by netting 22-of-24 shots from the charity stripe. Gabas
Maldunas came off the bench for team-highs in points (16) and rebounds
The offensive effort Dartmouth put forth against Yale was a nice change of
pace for the Big Green. On the season Dartmouth is the lowest scoring team in
the Ivy League (61.2 ppg), also ranking last in assists (10.5 pg) and just a
spot better than that in field-goal percentage (.402). Maldunas (10.8 ppg, 6.2
rpg) has been the most consistent offensive threat, shooting at a 48 percent
rate. Alex Mitola (10.1 ppg) is also averaging in double figures but he has
shot just 35.8 percent from the floor.
Columbia let itself down by allowing Princeton to shoot at a 51.1 percent clip
last Saturday, 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. The Lions kept it close by
outscored the Tigers 13-5 in points off turnovers, while coughing it up just
three times themselves.
Though tied with Dartmouth in the conference standings, the Lions can boast
more successful offensive production. Columbia is scoring 65.3 points per game
and shooting at a 42.8 percent clip from the field. Each of those marks is
among the top half of the conference. On the defensive end the Lions are
allowing just 61.4 points per game, though they have given up more than that
in four of the last five games. Brian Barbour (13.6 ppg, 4.4 apg) is the
leading scorer but has been one-dimensional, preferring to take shots from
beyond the arc. Grant Mullins (10.3 ppg), Alex Rosenberg (10.1 ppg) and
Mark Cisco (9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg) provide additional scoring depth.
With its more diverse scoring options, Columbia should be able to defend its
home court on Friday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 69, Dartmouth 63