The Games: Dartmouth (4-12, 0-2) vs. Cornell (4-12, 0-2) and Columbia (11-5, 2-0)
Location: Leede Arena (2,100), Hanover, N.H.
Tipoff: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29 at 7 p.m.
Series Record vs. Cornell: Dartmouth leads 101-99
Series Record vs. Columbia: Columbia leads 103-95
Live Audio - Dave Collins (play-by-play)
Complete Game Notes
First Full Ivy Weekend
• Dartmouth is aiming to end a five-game losing streak this weekend as Cornell and Columbia come to Leede Arena.
• Last weekend, the Big Green built up a 12-point lead in the second half at Harvard, only to be held to just two points in a 13-minute span as the Crimson rallied for a 59-50 win.
• The game was the 100th Ivy League contest coached by Paul Cormier, who is in his second stint at Dartmouth. He is 47-53 in those 100 league games.
• Sophomore R.J. Griffin was the offensive star for Dartmouth, scoring a career-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four three-pointers.
• As a team, the Big Green reversed their rebound margin by snaring eight more caroms than Harvard, just the fifth time this year Dartmouth has hauled in more boards than its opponent (3-2 in those games).
• The big advantage Harvard did own came at the foul line where the Crimson drained 19-of-23 compared to the Big Green’s season lows in attempts (5) and conversions (2).
Series vs. Cornell
• Dartmouth has played the Big Red 200 times entering this game, more than any other opponent. Despite Cornell’s 10-game winning streak in the series, the Big Green still own the all-time advantage at 101-99.
• Last year, the Big Red swept the two games, stifling Dartmouth in Ithaca, 71-37, then taking an 88-70 win in Hanover. Those 70 points were the most scored the Big Green against a Division I opponent last year.
• The last Dartmouth win came on Feb. 18, 2005, here at Leede Arena, 67-54, and the Green led by as many as 27 points in the game.
• Dartmouth is 13-10 versus the Big Red in Leede Arena, but have lost the last five encounters.
Scouting the Big Red
• While Cornell has an identical 4-12, 0-2 record as Dartmouth, eight of the Big Red’s losses have come by five or fewer points, including two four-point defeats against Columbia.
• One of the Big Red’s victories happened to come in the only game they have shot better than 46 percent — an 86-80 triumph over Wofford while hitting an unconscious 63.8 percent (30-of-47) and a ridiculous 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from long range.
• Cornell’s opponents need to be ready to defend the three — the Big Red take an average of 24 shots from downtown.
• Point guard Chris Wroblewski leads Cornell at 15.5 points, 5.9 assists and a 41.0 three-point FG percentage, but inside the arc his accuracy is just a shade under 29 percent.
• Rebounding has been a trouble spot for Cornell, as its opposition snags about six more off the glass every time out. The 6-5 Adam Wire easily paces the team at 5.8 per game.
• If Dartmouth needs to foul late in the game, it would be wise avoiding putting Wroblewski (.827)or Drew Ferry (.867) on the line. The rest of the team shoots under 60 percent as a group.
Series vs. Columbia
• This is the 199th game in the series, and the Lions hold a 103-95 advantage all-time.
• Dartmouth has gone 15-8 against Columbia here in Leede Arena since it opened in 1987, defeating the Lions last year, 48-44. The 48 points were the fewest for the Big Green in a victory since a 45-44 win at Princeton in 2007.
• Columbia disposed of Dartmouth at Levien Gymnasium in the first encounter last season, 63-51. Noruwa Agho had 25 points for the Lions as he and Niko Scott each knocked down four three-pointers in six attempts.
• The last 28 encounters have been split evenly, dating back to the 1996-97 season.
Scouting the Lions
• Columbia has exceeded expectations to this point, having been pegged for seventh in the preseason poll. Each of its last 11 games have been decided by six points or less, with the Lions going 9-2 in that span.
• The Lions are one of the top rebounding teams in the country in terms of margin at 6.8, with forward Asenso Ampim leading the way with 6.1 rebounds a game despite averaging fewer than 20 minutes.
• The featured player is junior guard Noruwa Agho, who averages a league-high 16.3 points, snares 5.3 rebounds and distributes 4.6 assists a game. But Agho has not fared well in Leede Arena, scoring a total of 12 points in two games here, compared to 45 points in the two games played in New York.
• The only other player scoring in double figures is sophomore Brian Barbour at 12.9 ppg.
• That duo also comprise nearly 70 percent of the assists handed out.
• Fans can expect to see quite a few Lions take the court; Columbia has 10 regulars averaging at least 10 minutes on the hardwood.
• The Lions have the highest scoring offense in the Ivy League at 74.2 points, but also yields more points than any other team in the loop at 72.3.
R.J. Scores a Score
Sophomore tallied 20 points at Harvard on Jan. 22, just the third 20-point game by a Dartmouth player this season. He joined junior Jabari Trotter (24 points at Hartford) and senior Ronnie Dixon (21 points vs. Army) by connecting on 7-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from downtown.
Under the Board Work
Rebounding has been a weakness for Dartmouth most of the year, ranking among the bottom 10 teams in rebound margin nationally. But at Harvard, the Big Green reversed that trend by snaring 34 balls off the glass, compared to just 26 for the Crimson. It was just the fifth time this year in which Dartmouth outrebounded its opponent, and just second time in a loss.
Fantastic Free Throws
Conversely, one thing Dartmouth is good at this season is free throw shooting. Entering the weekend, the Big Green’s season rate to 72.6 percent, which ranks among the top 60 nationally. Oddly enough, the team’s two best days at the line this year came against Colgate, first in November at 87.5 percent (21-of-24), then in mid-January at 86.4 percent (19-of-22).
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