Dartmouth (3-1) at Northern Illinois (2-4)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: NIU Convocation Center (10.000) -- DeKalb, Illinois.
Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 2-1, NIU 2-3. Away Record: Dartmouth
1-0, NIU 0-1. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, NIU 0-0. Conference Record:
Dartmouth 0-0, NIU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In their last home game before the calendar turns over the
Northern Illinois Huskies will entertain the Dartmouth Big Green in a non-
conference clash at the NIU Convocation Center.
This contest is the second part of a four-game road trip for the Big Green,
who got the set underway with an 81-56 trouncing of Maine on Sunday. The win
was the third in four games for Dartmouth this season. The Big Green will
remain on the road next to take on IUPU-Fort Wayne.
Last time out for Northern Illinois ended in disappointment as the Huskies
were put down by Nebraska, 63-58. The loss was the second in the last three
games for Northern Illinois, which owns just a 2-4 record overall. The bulk of
the games have come at home, where the Huskies are 2-3. However they will play
their next four games and six of the next seven on the road beginning at
Thursday's matchup marks the first time the Big Green and Huskies have met on
Dartmouth beat up on Maine down low, outscoring the Black Bears, 44-20,
in the paint and 20-7 in second-chance points. Dartmouth was also disruptive
on defense, forcing nearly twice as many turnovers (13) as it committed
Although the sample size is small and the competition they have faced has not
been overwhelming, the Big Green have enjoyed early success. Dartmouth is
scoring 85.3 points per game and netting 50.4 percent of its shots from the
floor, while holding a +11.5 advantage on the boards for the year. Alex Mitola
(13 ppg, 3.0 apg) leads the way. The scorers Mitola is normally feeding the
ball to are Connor Boehm (12.2 ppg, 5 rpg), John Golden (10.8 ppg) and Tyler
Melville (10.5 ppg). Gabas Maldunas (9.8 ppg, 11 rpg) is another reliable
scorer but his work on the glass is his most valuable skill.
Northern Illinois hung around in Lincoln but in the end didn't have enough
firepower to take out Nebraska. The Huskies hit on just 28 percent of their
shots from the floor in the second half and were outscored 32-24 in the
The Huskies did finish even on the boards with the Cornhuskers (38-38), which
continued a trend of solid work on the glass this season. Northern Illinois is
pulling down 43.3 rebounds per game, which is the 15th-best mark in the
country. Northern Illinois has plenty of chances in that area as it is
shooting just 40.7 percent from the floor, while holding foes to below 40
percent. There aren't a long list of reliable scorers for the Huskies. Darrell
Bowie (10.5 ppg, 7 rpg) is the only player on the roster in double figures,
though there are five others putting in at least seven points per game. Jordan
Threloff (9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg) comes off the bench as the second best scoring
One of Dartmouth's biggest advantages this season has been on the boards. The
Huskies will be able to contend in that area and if they can get enough shots
to fall on their home floor, a win could be the result.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northern Illinois 64, Dartmouth 61
12/05 10:32:39 ET
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