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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 3-5, Dartmouth 5-4. Away Record: Penn 1-6, Dartmouth 2-5. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 1-0, Dartmouth 0-2. Series Record: Penn leads, 148-57.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green continue their five-game homestand at Leede Arena on Friday night when they tangle with the Penn Quakers in an Ivy League showdown.
Penn's season as a whole has been a disappointing one, as it has gone just 4-11 overall, but it has turned things around of late with wins in two of its last three. After beating Princeton at home in their Ivy League opener on Jan. 11 (77-74), the Quakers made easy work of NJIT last Saturday, 89-74.
Dartmouth has began league play with two straight losses to Harvard, most recently falling at home to the Crimson on Sunday afternoon, 80-50, for its fifth straight loss. The Big Green's losing streak has caused them to dip to 7-9.
After 205 all-time meetings, Penn holds a 148-57 advantage over Dartmouth. Each team won on the road during the 2012-13 series, although the Quakers have won seven of the past eight matchups.
The Quakers enjoyed one of their most impressive performances of the season in their recent 15-point victory, as they outshot NJIT from the field, 43.1 percent to 38.6 percent, won the rebounding battle (46-29) and made 35-of-43 at the free-throw line. Miles Cartwright and Tony Hicks both netted 23 points in the triumph, with the duo combining the shoot 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Fran Dougherty (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Darien Nelson-Henry (10 points, 11 rebounds) both tallied double-doubles.
On the season, Penn shoots 43.8 percent from the field, better than its opponents' 41.8 percent, but it scores just 72.0 ppg, while allowing 78.1 ppg due to its disadvantages in the rebounding (-2.6) and turnover (-2.9) battles. Hicks is the top performer with 15.5 ppg, although he has more turnovers (52) than assists (44). Cartwright puts up 11.8 ppg, having drained 34 3-pointers at a lofty 47.2 percent clip, while Dougherty (11.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Nelson- Henry (12.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) are mainstays in the frontcourt, both shooting greater than 51 percent from the field.
The Big Green were thoroughly outmatched by Harvard in their latest tilt, as they shot just 37.7 percent from the floor and committed 17 turnovers, while the Crimson made a blistering 65.9 percent of their tries from the floor en route to the embarrassing 30-point home loss. Malik Gill scored 16 points and added six assists. Connor Boehm also netted 16 points, but the other 11 players who saw action combined to make only seven field goals.
Its most recent performance aside, Dartmouth has been solid on both ends of the floor this season, shooting 46.2 percent from the field for 68.3 ppg, while allowing just 64.0 ppg on less than 44 percent shooting. It regularly earns an edge on the glass with a +5.8 rebounding margin, but it could stand to improve upon its free-throw percentage (.676). The team suffered a huge blow last week when it lost Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg) for the season with a torn ACL. In his absence, the team will need Boehm (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Alex Mitola (9.8 ppg) and John Golden (9.0 rpg) to collectively step up their production.
Dartmouth showed just how vulnerable it is on the inside without Maldunas in its blowout loss to Harvard, and it'll be outmatched in the paint by Dougherty and Nelson-Henry in this one. The Quakers haven't played well on the road (1-6), but figure for them to remain unbeaten in the league against the shorthanded Big Green.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 68, Dartmouth 67
01/31 10:31:40 ET
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