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Columbia (12-15) at Dartmouth (8-19)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 6-7, Dartmouth 5-7. Away Record: Columbia 5-8, Dartmouth 3-12. Neutral Record: Columbia 1-0, Dartmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Columbia 4-9, Dartmouth 4-9. Series Record: Columbia leads, 107-96.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams with matching Ivy League records get together on Saturday night as the Dartmouth Big Green host the Columbia Lions at Leede Arena.
Dartmouth has had a difficult 2012-13 campaign, winning a total of just eight games. However, on a positive note, the Big Green did come out on top last night in a 76-62 final versus Cornell. The victory was the second in the last three outings for a Dartmouth group which is now 4-9 in league play.
Showing an identical mark versus the rest of the Ancient Eight, Columbia bowed to Harvard on the road last night, 56-51. The Lions have lost two in a row and five of the last seven, while failing to reach 60 points in any one of those contests.
Columbia leads the all-time series by a count of 107-96, but the Big Green managed to close the margin a bit more with a 60-57 win in the first meeting of the season last month in New York.
The Lions were paced by Alex Rosenberg and Grant Mullins who both dropped in 14 points, while Brian Barbour pitched in with 11 but shot only 4-of-12 from the floor. Mark Cisco grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds but was limited to just two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the floor in the loss on Friday. Rosenberg delivered all but two of his points in the first half for Columbia, converting 4-of-5 shots from the floor, in order to give the visitors a 28-22 advantage at the break. Harvard shot just 1-of-7 beyond the arc through the first 20 minutes of action.
Barbour, who is shooting a mere 35.6 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent behind the 3-point line, remains the only double-digit scorer for the Lions through 27 games with his 11.9 ppg. The team overall is generating just 62.5 ppg, but holds foes to only 60.4 ppg.
Gabas Maldunas scored a career-high 28 points as the Dartmouth Big Green registered the 14-point win over the Cornell Big Red in Ivy League action at home on Friday night. Maldunas, who shot 9-of-14 from the floor, added eight rebounds and four blocked shots for Dartmouth, while Alex Mitola chipped in with 15 points and Tyler Melville 13 to go along with five rebounds and five assists for the hosts.
A mere 61.2 percent shooter at the free-throw line this season, Maldunas is still the top scorer for the Big Green with his 11.2 ppg. Maldunas is also first on the glass with close to seven rebounds per contest and has 37 of the unit's 67 blocked shots as the program puts up 61.3 ppg, but allows 66.1 ppg. Mitola checks in with 10.9 ppg, but his overall accuracy from the field (.374) is actually worse than his 38.1 percent beyond the arc.
Both of these teams are accustomed to keeping scores to a minimum, so expect to see a low-scoring affair that should benefit the Lions even though they are on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Columbia 58, Dartmouth 53
03/09 10:35:47 ET