Dartmouth (4-14) at Brown (6-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 3-4, Brown 4-5. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-8, Brown 1-6. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-2, Brown 1-2. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-1, Brown 0-2. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 75-66.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Ivy League teams struggling to earn wins this season get together at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence tonight, as the Brown Bears entertain the Big Green of Dartmouth.
Even though the Bears have wrestled away just six wins this season, the team is actually gunning for back-to-back victories for the first time in 2011-12 when they hit the floor tonight. Earlier this week, the team took a break from conference play to challenge Bryant University and came up with a 67-60 road triumph to snap a six-game slide.
As for the Big Green, a team which has won just once in 11 opportunities away from home, they were held to a season-low 38 points in a 16-point loss to Harvard last weekend. The defeat was the seventh in the last eight outings for the program.
The series between these two teams dates back more than a century to the 1901-02 campaign and while Brown has won five in a row in the relationship, Dartmouth still holds a 75-66 advantage overall. The last win for the Big Green was a 63-61 verdict back in February of 2009.
Playing in front of the first sellout crowd at Leede Arena in 11 years, the Big Green came up mighty small as they registered a paltry 38 points against the Harvard Crimson last weekend. Jvonte Brooks led Dartmouth with 12 points and reserve Tyler Melville tallied 10, as the team shot a woeful 31.7 percent from the floor and finished with more turnovers (17) than made baskets (13). Dartmouth has been shown the door in both Ivy games this season by the Crimson, the Big Green shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent behind the three-point line in the first meeting of the campaign. Dartmouth has shown an ability to hit the long-range shot this year, making good on double-digit triples in four games, but against Harvard the team has combined to knock down only 7-of-29 chances. After 18 games, the Big Green doesn't have a single double-digit scorer on the roster, with the team generating a mere 58.2 ppg, which is one of the lowest marks in Division I.
Stephen Albrecht dropped in 21 points, shooting 8-of-17 from the floor, as he helped push Brown to the seven-point win on the road against the Bryant Bulldogs earlier in the week. Sean McGonagill and Andrew McCarthy both contributed 15 points for the visitors, the latter also collecting nine rebounds, as the team shot an even 50.0 percent from the floor, but just 57.1 percent at the free-throw line. McGonagill, the only player to have started all 19 games for the Bears, is the top scorer for the group with his 14.8 ppg even as he shoots just 39.3 percent from the field. But McGonagill makes up for some of those questionable shot choices with his 105 assists, against only 68 turnovers. Albrecht (11.6 ppg) and McCarthy (10.3 ppg) provide substantial offensive efforts, but still this is a team that is producing only 63.5 ppg overall thus far.
Neither one of these teams is setting the basketball court on fire, but at least one can understand why Dartmouth is already 0-2 in league play, and perhaps the Big Green has learned a thing or two from those meetings with Harvard already.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dartmouth 59, Brown 55
01/27 10:33:01 ET