Dartmouth (7-18) at Princeton (15-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 4-7, Princeton 8-4. Away Record: Dartmouth 3-11, Princeton 7-4. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Princeton 0-1. Conference Record: Dartmouth 3-8, Princeton 8-2. Series Record: Princeton leads, 143-61.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers try to keep the pressure on Harvard at the top of the Ivy League standings, as they clash with the Dartmouth Big Green at Jadwin Gym on Saturday evening.
Winners of three straight and four of the last five outings overall, the Tigers are sporting an 8-2 record against the rest of the Ivy League following their 58-53 victory versus the Crimson last night. With the win, Princeton inches ever closer to Harvard in the standings, with the Crimson showing a 9-2 mark in such contests.
As for the Big Green, they are at the opposite end of the standings with just three wins in 11 tries. Alone in last place, Dartmouth actually snapped a five-game slide on Friday night with a 69-64 triumph versus Penn at The Palestra where the team has won just a handful of times in the last six decades.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Tigers own a commanding 143-61 advantage over Dartmouth after posting a 73-55 win in the most recent meeting a couple weeks ago at Leede Arena.
Dartmouth led by as many as 12 points about seven minutes into the first half against the Quakers last night, threatening to blow the game wide open before Penn made things interesting down the stretch. Alex Mitola scored a team-best 17 points and registered three of the team's 11 steals, while Connor Boehm tallied 15 points and cleared six rebounds off the bench.
Mitola, the leading scorer in two of the last three games for the Big Green, paces the group overall this season with his 11.0 ppg, accounting for 56 of their 145 3-pointers through 25 games, although he is also shooting just 38.0 percent from the floor at the moment. Gabas Maldunas checks in with another 10.3 ppg for a program that is generating only 60.6 ppg, while giving up 66.2 ppg.
The Tigers allowed Harvard to shoot 52.6 percent from the floor in the second half of their meeting last night, but luckily the hosts held the Crimson to a mere 6-of-21 (.286) from the field through the first 20 minutes of action, en route to the five-point triumph. Ian Hummer was huge for the hosts as he registered a double-double consisting of 23 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were game highs, while T.J. Bray posted 14 points and six rebounds of his own.
The leading scorer in three of the last three outings for the Tigers, Hummer checks in with 16.4 ppg for the squad as he shoots 54.0 percent from the floor. But more than just a scorer, Hummer is also first on the unit with 6.6 rpg and 100 assists over the course of 24 games, a rarity in college basketball these days to see one player handling so much of key aspects of the game. Denton Koon accounts for another 10.8 ppg as he too shoots the ball well from the floor at 55.5 percent.
As long as the Tigers are not caught still celebrating their win over Harvard last night, they should have little trouble taking care of a Dartmouth program which had to travel for this particular matchup.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 68, Dartmouth 55
03/02 11:12:53 ET