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Reg: 11-22-04
01-19-18 12:48 PM - Post#244021    

Mighty quiet around here with Dartmouth playing host to Harvard Saturday night. The Crimson won the first meeting down in Cambridge, 61-51, although it was just a three-point game with four minutes left. What's the feel for this one?

Dartmouth will be honoring Dave Faucher, a Paul Cormier assistant from the Jim Barton/Walter Palmer days who went on to spend 13 years as head coach. His teams went 16-10 and 18-8 in the middle of his run, but he managed just one other winning season before being let go after the '03-04 season.

Posts: 135

Reg: 11-22-04
01-19-18 12:51 PM - Post#244023    
    In response to Cooper

This midseason report from Harvard might get you thinking the Amaker bloom is off the Crimson rose. https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2018/01/basketball...

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Reg: 10-20-14
01-19-18 05:30 PM - Post#244063    
    In response to Cooper

Kenpom has Harvard winning by 3.

It would seem that Dartmouth would have to do much better than the 5-19 from three that they had 2 weeks ago. They will hopefully shoot similar numbers than they did in their last 2 games (9-23 against BC and 11-20 against Vermont).

Miles Wright had 23 and was the only player in double digits at Harvard, so it would seem that they would be helped by having more offensive output from Barry (7 points), Johnson (7 points) and Knight (2 points). Of course, it is easier said than done when going up against Harvard's strong defense.

Dartmouth will need to have a better showing on defense. They are in the low 320s in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, give up a high percentage from three and a really high percentage from two.

Against Harvard, they gave up 48% from three (12-25!), but only 40% from two (10-25). Against Vermont and BC, they allowed 19-47 combined from three in the last two games (40%).

Looks like a lot of things have to go right for a Big Green win. However, they did have a 3 point lead with 6 minutes to go last time. If they can keep it close tomorrow night, we'll see if they learned anything in two weeks.

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