NCAA Basketball News
Dartmouth (4-19) at Penn (12-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Dartmouth 3-6, Penn 6-6. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-11, Penn 6-4. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-2, Penn 0-1. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-7, Penn 4-2. Series Record: Penn leads, 145-56.
GAME NOTES: The Dartmouth Big Green and the Penn Quakers both try for quick turnarounds after Friday night losses, as the Ivy League rivals square off at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
Dartmouth has proven itself to be the worst team in the Ivy League this season, winning just four games overall and it is the last winless team in league play. The Big Green are currently riding a six-game losing streak after falling to Princeton last night, 59-47.
Penn has been up-and-down this season en route to a 12-11 record overall, but no one can claim the team has ducked the competition. The Quakers have been defeated by a number of potential NCAA Tournament teams, including Temple, UCLA, Duke, Davidson, La Salle and Harvard, which they lost to in a 56-50 decision on Friday. As a result, Penn sits alone in third place in the Ivy League standing at 4-2.
Penn owns a commanding advantage in the all-time series with Dartmouth, 145-56, and the Quakers have won the last four meetings.
While its defense gives up a respectable 63 ppg, Dartmouth is plagued by one of the worst offenses in the nation, scoring 57.7 ppg behind a mere 39.1 percent shooting effort. The team's struggles continued in Friday's loss to Princeton, as it shot just 38.8 percent from the floor while scoring fewer than 50 points for the fifth time this year. Jvonte Brooks was one of two Big Green players to tally double digits in the setback, as he scored 11 points while also grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds in notching his third double- double of the season. Dartmouth's offensive attack does not have one player averaging double figures in points, as Brooks (8.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Gabas Maldunas (8.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) anchor the squad from their spots in the frontcourt. Maldunas adds 1.1 blocks per game, good for seventh in the Ivy League. Continuing with the downward trends, Dartmouth has some of the worst differentials in the league, specifically speaking of rebounding margin (-1.6), turnover margin (-1.35) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.7).
Penn has experienced much more success at the offensive end this season, scoring 67 ppg, second-best in the league. Though the Quakers hung tough with nationally-ranked Harvard in Friday's game, they were ultimately stymied by the suffocating Crimson defense, as they shot just 32.1 percent from the floor. On a positive note, Penn held Harvard to 56 points on 34.7 percent field goal efficiency, an improvement from its sixth-ranked defense on the season. Zack Rosen paced the Quakers in the loss with 16 points, but he had one of his worst shooting nights of the season, going 6-of-21 from the field. Despite his off night, Rosen is one of the most dynamic players in the league, ranking second in scoring (18.2 ppg), first in assists (6.0 apg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.402). Tyler Bernardini is also a threat from the outside, scoring 14.3 ppg while leading the league in three-point shooting percentage (.421). Miles Cartwright adds 10.3 ppg to the mix.
Penn has been consistent this season in taking care of business against lesser opponents, and that should continue this evening against a Big Green team that has won just one of its 12 true road games thus far.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 73, Dartmouth 57
02/11 10:44:26 ET