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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050) -- Cambridge, Massachusetts. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: Dartmouth 3-4,Harvard 6-1. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-7, Harvard 3-5. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Harvard 0-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-1, Harvard 1-0. Series Record: Dartmouth leads 94-81.
GAME NOTES: The Harvard Crimson will look for the season sweep as they host the Dartmouth Big Green in an Ivy League showdown at the Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday.
Dartmouth's play on both ends of the ball was stellar last time out, earning an 80-42 win over Colby-Sawyer. Tyler Melville led the team with 16 points as the squad scored nearly 20 points more than its season average.
Harvard most recently suffered a loss to Memphis, 60-50, where they were held well below their season average of 69.1 ppg. Wesley Saunders scored 11 points, increasing his double-figure scoring streak to 15 games.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series 94-81, but Harvard has closed the gap with wins in each of the last seven matchups, including a 75-65 victory two weeks ago in Hanover. Siyani Chambers scored a career-high 22 points in the win for the Crimson.
The Big Green have won two of their last three outings after a seven-game losing streak. Against Colby-Sawyer, Melville managed a season-high in scoring, while recording career-highs in 3-pointers (3) and rebounding (6). As a team, the unit has averaged just 60.3 ppg, led by Gabas Malundas with 11.0 ppg and Alex Mitola with 10.5 ppg. Dartmouth has played decent defense thus far, holding opponents to 64.3 ppg. While the Big Green have shot a poor 38.6 percent from the field this season their opponents have shot just 43.3 percent.
Harvard's loss to Memphis came after two consecutive wins against Rice and Dartmouth. The Crimson have won seven of their last 10 games after starting the season off 2-3. The offensive play has been solid as the squad averages just under 70 points per game, on an efficient 47.9 percent from the field. Three players average double-figure in scoring led by Saunders' 16.1 ppg on 53.5 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent shooting from 3-point range. Chambers adds 12.7 ppg, with Laurent Rivard contributing 11.1 ppg. Jonas Travis has been impressive shooting 58.6 percent from the floor for 8.9 ppg.
After a convincing win last time against the Big Green on the road and a +5.3 scoring margin, its the Crimson's game to lose in this matchup.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 72, Dartmouth 67
01/26 11:33:21 ET