Brown (7-19) at Dartmouth (4-21)
The Sports Network
DATE & Time: Saturday, February 18th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 5-8, Dartmouth 3-7. Away Record: Brown 1-9, Dartmouth 1-12. Neutral Record: Brown 1-2, Dartmouth 0-2. Conference Record: Brown 1-8, Dartmouth 0-9. Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 75-67.
GAME NOTES: The Ivy League's two worst teams will attempt to avenge Friday night losses, as the Brown Bears have made the trek to Leede Arena in Hanover for this evening's clash with the Dartmouth Big Green.
Brown is having a season it would like to forget as it has won just seven of its 26 games overall, and is just 1-7 in Ivy League play. After winning back- to-back games in late January, the Bears have lost six in a row, including a 69-42 waxing at the hands of first-place Harvard last night.
For as bad as Brown has been, Dartmouth has been even worse, going 4-21 overall and the team is winless in the Ivy in eight tries. The Big Green has lost 14 of its last 15 bouts, only defeating non-conference foe Longwood during that stretch. The team is fresh off a 70-61 loss to Yale.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Brown, 76-67, though the Bears have won the last six meetings, including its only league win this season back on January 27, 66-59.
Brown has earned the lowest scoring margin in the Ivy League (-8.0) by having the second-worst offense (61.8 ppg) and the worst defense (69.8 ppg). The Bears had a poor game across the board in Friday's loss as they allowed Harvard to connect on 53.2 percent of its field goal attempts while they themselves managed to make good on just 32.7 percent of their total shots. Sean McGonagill and Matt Sullivan paced the modest scoring night by netting 11 points each. McGonagill has been the Bears' best player this year, ranking sixth in the league in scoring (13.9 ppg) and second in assists (5.6 apg). Andrew McCarthy (10.5 ppg) and Stephen Albrecht (10.2 ppg) help with the scoring load, while McCarthy also ranks fourth in the league in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. As a team, Brown is one of the worst on the boards in the Ivy as it is tied for last in rebounding margin (-6.1).
While its defense is more respectable than Brown's (63.1 ppg), Dartmouth's offense is one of the worst in the nation, averaging a mere 57.7 ppg at 39.3 percent field goal efficiency. While the Big Green were able to hold Yale to just 38.8 percent shooting overall on Friday night, they sent the Bulldogs to the foul line 33 times, which they converted 30. Dartmouth struggled shooting once again in the loss, going 23-of-57 from the field while missing all five of its three-point attempts. Gabas Maldunas had the best game of his freshman campaign, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Maldunas averages just 9.1 ppg on the season, but is sixth in the league in rebounding at 7.1 rpg. The Big Green does not have a double-digit scorer on the roster, with Jvonte Brooks (9.2 ppg) being their top contributor. One top of being inefficient shooting the ball, Dartmouth is sloppy handling it as well, owning a turnover margin of -1.52.
The Big Green fought hard against Yale in Friday's loss, and with Brown beating them on its home floor earlier in the season, expect them to return the favor at Leede Arena as the post their first Ivy League win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dartmouth 57, Brown 54
02/18 10:42:08 ET