Dartmouth (9-14) at Penn (6-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 7-6, Penn 5-6. Away Record: Dartmouth 2-8, Penn 1-10. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 2-7, Penn 3-5. Series Record: Penn leads, 148-57.
GAME NOTES: Two struggling Ivy League squads will settle their differences on Saturday night, as the Dartmouth Big Green visit the Penn Quakers at the historic Palestra.
Dartmouth is playing its fourth straight road contest on Saturday. The first three stops of the tour all ended in losses, including a 67-57 setback against Princeton on Friday. The Big Green have dropped five straight in total and are just 9-14 overall and 2-7 in Ivy League play. After this game they will be in action on Friday at home against Columbia.
Penn has also been enduring a slide of late, with loses in three straight games following an 83-63 rout at the hands of Harvard on Friday. The Quakers are a miserable 6-16 overall, but they have a slight edge on Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings (3-5). They will be at home in both games next week against Brown and Yale.
In terms of the all-time series, Penn holds a commanding 148-57 edge over Dartmouth. However, the Big Green have won each of the last two meetings, including a 67-58 decision at home earlier this season.
The Big Green were outscored from beyond the arc (27-12) and at the free-throw line (20-13) in their loss to Princeton. Those deficits were too much to overcome, especially since Dartmouth only shot 35.7 percent from the field overall.
Like most teams in the Ivy League, scoring is not Dartmouth's strength. The Big Green are netting only 66.8 ppg, while shooting a meager 44.1 percent from the field. However, they do own a positive scoring margin on the year (+1.6), albeit a slim one. Boehm (10.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Alex Mitola (10.3 ppg) are the top scoring options on the roster, especially with Gabas Maldunas (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in late January. Boehm had 11 points against Princeton, but Mitola managed only six on 2-of-7 shooting.
Turnovers sank Penn in its matchup with Harvard on Friday night. The Quakers coughed up the ball 20 times and were outscored, 24-2, off of takeaways. Penn was also outscored, 27-15, at the free-throw line, although it did shoot a solid 47.8 percent from the field.
Penn's issues are not based on its ability to hit shots. In fact, the Quakers are second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.453). However, they have not been able to string stops together, allowing an 76.1 ppg. Tony Hicks (15.4 ppg) is one of four players averaging in double figures. He finished with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Providing additional firepower are Fran Dougherty (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Miles Cartwright (11 ppg) and Darien Nelson- Henry (11 ppg, 6 rpg). Dougherty finished with a game-high 15 points on Friday, while Cartwright chipped in with 10.
Penn's trouble with ball security was exposed by a superior Harvard squad last night. Dartmouth is not as formidable as the Crimson, and will likely struggle to hit shots as consistently as the Quakers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 71, Dartmouth 64
02/22 11:08:41 ET