Dartmouth (4-18) at Princeton (11-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 10th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (7,500) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 3-6, Princeton 3-2. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-10, Princeton 7-7. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-2, Princeton 1-1. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-6, Princeton 2-3. Series Record: Princeton leads 140-61.
GAMES NOTES: After playing five straight games on the road the Princeton Tigers will return to Jadwin Gymnasium to host an Ivy League clash with the Dartmouth Big Green.
Dartmouth has a a long history going against it in this matchup, as Princeton owns a sizable 140-61 advantage in the all-time series. Princeton won both contests last year, sweeping the season-series for the second straight year.
This season has not been much better than a year ago for Dartmouth which is 4-18 overall this season after posting a 4-23 record a year ago. Dartmouth has not been able to find success in the Ivy League especially where the Big Green is winless in six tries this season stretching its losing streak in conference play to 17 games. Dartmouth will travel to Philadelphia to face Penn tomorrow.
As for Princeton, the long stretch on the road was a mixed bag as the Tigers traded wins and losses and finished with a 2-3 record on the trip. All five games came against Ivy League competition and account for the Tigers' entire conference schedule to this point in the season. It won't get any easier tomorrow, as Princeton gets a stern test against No. 25 Harvard.
Against Cornell last Saturday Dartmouth dropped a 68-59 decision at home. The Big Green never led in the game and trailed 33-26 at the half after netting just 8-fo-24 attempts from the floor to open the game. For the game the Big Green shot just 35.2 percent and also turned the ball over 15 times.
Dartmouth is the conference's worst team not only in the standings but at the offensive end as well. The Big Green average conference lows in points (58.1 ppg), assists (10.3 apg) and shooting percentage (.392 this season. The team suffers from a lack of a go-to scorer with no player on the roster averaging in double figures this season. Freshman forward Gabas Maldunas (8.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) serves as the lead scorer and had 10 points against Cornell. Senior guard Kirk Creco played a season-high 26 minutes and put in another season-high by netting 15 points in the loss to Cornell. The performance raises Crecco's meager scoring average to 2.7 points per game and the time he got on the court far exceeded his normal eight minutes a game. R.J Griffin (8.5 ppg) and Jvonte Brooks (8.5 ppg. 6.0 rpg) are right near Maldunas on the team's scoring list.
Princeton clawed its way back into its last game but fell short as the Tigers were defeated by the Yale Bulldogs 58-54. Neither team shot well in the game with Yale (20-of-57) slightly better than Princeton (19-of-57). The Tigers trailed 32-23 at the half but held Yale to just 7-of-26 shooting in the second half.
Not only does Princeton have a double-figure scorer, the Tigers have one of the most explosive scorers in the conference in junior forward Ian Hummer. Hummer is pouring in 17.1 points per game which is third in the league while also getting it done on the glass (7.6 rpg). The rebounding mark is fourth in the conference. Hummer had a game-high 18 points against Yale but had only five rebounds. The offensive performance came after Hummer was limited to a season-low nine points against Brown in the previous game. Senior guard Douglas Davis (13.3 ppg) has also been a solid scorer for the Tigers while T.J. Bray (6.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) has done a good job running the point. For a team that features to impressive scorers the Tigers are not a prolific offensive squad as they put in a modest 64.2 points per game, while holding their opponents to 62.6 points per contest. Princeton is a strong team on the glass, bringing in the third most rebounds in the Ivy League (33.9 rpg).
Princeton has not really had a chance to build much of an advantage at Jadwin Gymnasium this season but against a hapless Dartmouth team the Tigers should pick up some traction for the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 67, Dartmouth 54
02/10 10:32:26 ET