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Dartmouth (9-13) at Princeton (14-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 7-6, Princeton 7-1. Away Record: Dartmouth 2-7, Princeton 6-5. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Princeton 1-1. Conference Record: Dartmouth 2-6, Princeton 2-5. Series Record: Princeton leads, 144-62.

GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers open up a four-game homestand on Friday night, as they entertain the Dartmouth Big Green in an Ivy League affair.

A look at Princeton's overall record (14-7) would imply that it is one of the better teams in the Ivy League this season. Unfortunately, that isn't the case as the Tigers have lost five of their seven conference bouts, including a 66-65 overtime heartbreaker against Yale last Saturday. They will play host to Harvard, which is tied with the Bulldogs for first place in the league standings, on Saturday.

Dartmouth has had more trouble picking up wins, both in and out of conference play. The Big Green have dropped four straight, falling to 9-13 overall and 2-6 in league play in the process. They visit Penn in the second part of their weekend series.

The last time Dartmouth wound up in the win column came against Princeton, as the Big Green captured a 78-69 victory at home on Feb. 1. The win ended a eight-game win streak for the Tigers in the series, which they lead by a wide margin (144-62).

Dartmouth tangled with Columbia the last time out, and dropped a 69-59 decision. The Big Green only connected on 41.7 percent of their shots from the field, while coming out on the short end from beyond the arc (21-15) as well as at the free-throw line (22-14).

When Dartmouth scored 78 points against Princeton it amounted to an offensive explosion for the Big Green, who are only averaging 67.3 ppg. They have tallied fewer than 70 points in each game since, and fewer than 60 in seven of their last 11. Of course it hasn't helped that leading scorer and rebounder Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) was lost for the season with a torn ACL at the end of January. In his stead, Alex Mitola (10.5 ppg) and Connor Boehm (10.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) have been asked to pick up the pieces. Boehm scored 15 points against Columbia and Mitola chipped in 13.

Will Barrett saved Princeton with a three-point play that forced overtime against Yale. However, the Tigers cost themselves in the extra session, letting a 65-62 lead with 46 seconds left slip away when Justin Sears hit a jump shot to put the Bulldogs ahead for good with three ticks remaining.

Princeton only connected on 35.7 percent of its shots from the floor against Yale, a far cry from its normal production (.456), which ranks second in the Ivy League. The Tigers are also the Ivy's top scoring unit (72.9 ppg) and one of the better defensive teams, letting up only 66.6 ppg. T.J. Bray (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.4 apg) does it all for the Tigers, leading the conference in scoring and assists, while shooting 57 percent from the floor. Barrett (11.3 ppg) and Hans Brase (11.4 ppg) are the next best options in terms of scoring.

At some point something has to click for Princeton, which is too talented a team to be so far down in the standings. Expect the Tigers to begin to turn things around with a win tonight.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 74, Dartmouth 64

02/21 10:34:54 ET

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