Penn (5-18) at Dartmouth (6-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 4-5, Dartmouth 4-6. Away Record: Penn 1-10, Dartmouth 2-9. Neutral Record: Penn 0-3, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 2-4, Dartmouth 2-5. Series Record: Penn leads, 147-56.
GAME NOTES: Making the mandatory quick turn-around in order to squeeze in a pair of Ivy League games in a span of just over 24 hours, the Penn Quakers head to Leede Arena on Saturday night where they will take on the Dartmouth Big Green.
Penn was on the road already Friday night when it dropped in on Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, a visit that resulted in a lopsided 73-54 loss to the Crimson. Now just 1-10 in true road games in 2012-13, the Quakers have fallen to 2-4 in conference play, which has them tied with Columbia and Brown for fifth place in the standings.
As for the Big Green, they too were in action last night and faced a similar fate in a 73-55 setback versus visiting Princeton. The defeat was the second in a row for a group that is 2-5 in Ivy action and all alone in last place in the standings.
According to Penn sources, the all-time series between these two programs is under the control of the Quakers who own a 147-56 advantage dating back more than a century now. Penn, which has won six straight, has lost just twice to Dartmouth since 1998.
The teams will also clash at Dartmouth next month to complete the season series.
In the first of four straight road games on Friday night, the Quakers started out with a small lineup against Harvard and that proved to be rather awkward as the Crimson registered 15 blocked shots, 10 coming from Kenyatta Smith alone as he came up one rebound shy of an epic triple-double for the hosts. Not a single starter scored in double figures for the Quakers, instead it was reserves Darien Nelson-Henry and Cameron Gunter with 14 and 10 points, respectively, the latter also grabbing nine rebounds in a mere 15 minutes of action.
Just within the last few weeks the Quakers have been dealt a couple serious blows on the injury front as both Steve Rennard and Fran Dougherty have been sidelined, the latter being the leading scorer for the team on the season with his 13.8 ppg. Now it is Miles Cartwright who has assumed the leading scorer role with his 13.7 ppg, but he is still shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor. Determined to keep points to a minimum, Penn is putting up only 62.3 ppg this season but allowing the competition 68.5 ppg overall.
Princeton jumped all over the Big Green on Friday night, shooting 60.0 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-7 beyond the arc, as the hosts suffered the lopsided defeat. Gabas Maldunas was the only player in double figures for the Big Green with 16 points, adding eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The other four starters combined to produce just 20 total points as Alex Mitola missed all seven of his field goal chances and came up empty in the scoring department.
A different leading scorer in each of the last three games, Dartmouth tends to get the most production out of Maldunas who is accounting for 10.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg, not to mention recording 21 of the unit's 43 blocked shots. However, Maldunas is also shooting a mere 50.0 percent at the free-throw line which makes him a liability on the floor in close contests. The team as a whole is scoring 60.6 ppg, but at the same time giving up 66.1 ppg.
Neither one of these teams did anything on Friday night to stand out in a positive way, so expect to see Dartmouth come out on top if for no other reason than it doesn't have to travel this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dartmouth 63, Penn 59
02/16 10:45:34 ET