Brown (11-8) at Dartmouth (9-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 7-2, Dartmouth 7-5. Away Record: Brown 4-6, Dartmouth 2-5. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Brown 3-2, Dartmouth 2-3. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 76-71.
GAME NOTES: Both the Brown Bears and the Dartmouth Big Green had win streaks snapped Friday night, and both squads will try to get back in the win column as they clash in Ivy League play as Leede Arena.
Brown had won three in a row, and five of its last six games before a loss Friday night to Harvard, 52-45. Brown is now 3-2 in Ivy League play this season - two games behind the very Crimson that edged out the Bears Friday.
Dartmouth broke up a five-game losing streak with two consecutive wins on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, but lost Friday night to Yale, 67-54, in conference play. The Big Green are now 2-3 in the Ivy League this season and will seek to tie Brown Saturday night in Hanover.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series between the historic Ivy league rivals, 76-71. Brown however, has won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Big Green.
Brown shot a dismal 27.3 percent form the floor in the loss Friday night to Harvard, netting just 45 points on the night. That percentage includes a 2- of-16 performance from 3-point distance in the contest. Tavon Blackmon was the only Bears player to net a double-digit point total in the contest with 11, also giving up five turnovers in the loss. Cedric Kuakumensah grabbed a team- high 10 rebounds in the contest.
Sean McGonagill, who netted eight points in the loss to the Crimson, leads Brown in scoring this season with 17.9 ppg on 43.9 percent shooting from the floor. McGonagill's 65 assists on the season is slightly ahead of Blackmon's 62 for first on the team. Rafael Maia is second on Brown in scoring this season with a 10.1 ppg average and 8.4 rpg. Kuakumensah has tallied an impressive 53 blocked shots this season for the Bears.
Yale nearly doubled up Dartmouth in the first half of Friday's action in Hanover, as the Bulldogs took a 30-16 lead into the intermission against the Big Green. Yale was able to coast to victory after allowing Dartmouth to make minimal headway into the lead in the second period. Eli Harrison netted 11 points off the bench to lead Dartmouth. He was the only player to net a double-digit point total for the Big Green.
Gabas Maldunas did lead the Big Green in scoring this season, but because of a right knee injury that required surgery, his presence won't be felt on the court for some time. Connor Boehm is the team's active leading scorer now with a 10.6 ppg average, followed closely by Alex Mitola at 10.2 ppg. Mitola leads the team with 47 assists on the year, while Boehm is the top active rebounder at 5.7 rpg.
Dartmouth does have the home floor advantage, but with a 7-5 record at Leede Arena this season, the "home sweet home" feel hasn't been as sweet. After losing to Harvard on Friday, the Bears should be fired up to try and gain some ground in the Ivy League standings.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 67, Dartmouth 59
02/08 10:15:12 ET