Dartmouth (4-15) at Yale (12-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday January 28th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,800) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 3-4, Yale 6-1. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-9, Yale 5-4. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-2, Yale 1-0. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-3, Yale 2-1. Series Record: Yale leads, 103-95.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green continues their two-day, two-game road trip with a visit to the John J. Lee Amphitheater to take on the Yale Bulldogs in Ivy League action.
This will be the 199th game played between Dartmouth and Yale. The Bulldogs hold a slight 103-95 advantage coming into tonight's contest. Yale has won the last five encounters and 19 of the previous 22. The last time these two met in New Haven, the Bulldogs escaped with a 79-75 overtime victory.
Dartmouth enters tonight's bout with a 4-15 overall record and a 0-3 mark in conference play after it fell 66-59 to Brown on Friday Night. The Big Green have now lost eight of their last nine. Dartmouth started the contest out against Brown well, as it made 43.3 percent of its first half field goals. However, The Big Green cooled off to a 29.2 percent shooting clip after the break which put them on the losing end for the second straight contest. Dartmouth is last the Ivy League in scoring offense with an average of 58.2 points per game.
There are no superstars offensively for the Big Green. Gabas Maldunas is the team's top scorer (9.2) and rebounder (7.1). R.J. Griffin is second in scoring with an average of 8.8 points per game. Jvonte Brooks, Jabari Trotter, and David Rufful are all solid contributors with scoring averages above seven ppg. Maldunas and Rufful both were stifled on Friday by Brown, as they combined to go 5-of-23 from the field. Maldunas did manage to pull down a team-high 11 rebounds in the contest. Brooks led the team with 16 points in 21 minutes Friday night after he went 4-of-7 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Yale is 2-1 in Ivy League action after losing to Harvard 65-35 on Friday night. The defeat was the first at home for the Bulldogs as they are now 6-1 at the John J. Amphitheater. The 35-point offensive output came as a surprise as Yale has the highest scoring offense average in the Ivy League at 73.0 ppg. Despite being outrebounded 32-30 by Harvard, Yale still has the best rebounding margin in the conference as they outrebound their opponents by 6.6 boards per contest.
The Bulldogs are led by their 6-11 center Greg Mangano, who averages a just under a double- double at 19.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The senior big man also leads the Ivy League in blocks with 42. Austin Morgan and Reggie Willhite also carry double-digit scoring averages of 12.5 and 12.0 points per game, respectively. Morgan has made a team-best 42 three pointers on 43.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Willhite is a talented point forward and leads the squad in assists and steals.
Although Yale was completely shut down on Friday by Harvard, it should be able to bounce back against the less athletic and inexperienced Big Green. Dartmouth's last ranked scoring offense in the Ivy League will not be able match the Bulldogs as they recuperate from their first loss in league play.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 70, Dartmouth 59
01/28 10:38:36 ET