11-28-08 03:21 PM - Post#54424
Sandwiched between a win over Rutgers on the road and a home date with St. Joe's next Tuesday, could this be one of those dreaded "trap" games for the 4-1 and suddenly improved Mountain Hawks? Dartmouth, a team picked to finish 7th in the Ivies, was 3-11 last year and is off to a shaky 1-3 start this year, having already loss to Army (48-63), Colgate (60-65), and Providence (82-100). Their only win game against winless Furman. For what's it worth, the Big Green RPI stands at 335 or about a half dozen from the national bottom. Lehigh, on the other hand, has seen its rating soar to 135 after its promising OOC play and, most notably, its win over the Scarlet Knights.
Let's hope Coach Reed has the team focused. One can only assume he'll be at the top of his game, looking for his first road Ivy win.
The schools' game notes tell the story and are linked below for your review.
Dartmouth Game Notes
Game strategy would seem to dictate taking their big man, Senior forward, 6'6" Alex Barnett, out of his game. Easier said than done, no doubt. The guy is on a roll with 48 career double-digit scoring games, 12 double-digit rebounding games and 10 double-doubles. He's hit for more than 20 in each of his last three. He averages 15 shots/game 11 from in close and 4 from deep. You might not want to send him to the line, either. There, he's a cool 19-22 (.864). Rebounding appears to be done "by committee" up in New Hampshire with no one averaging more than 6 per game. Lehigh should hold a distinct advantage here as well as in guard play - both in terms of depth and experience. That's not to say we have nothing to fear from their back line, we do. His name is Trotter and he averages 11.0ppg and carries and assist to turnover ratio of 2:1. I can only assume we'll put our top defender, junior guard, Dave Buchberger, on this freshman and challenge his every move. Sounds simple, but who knows.
Lehigh enters the game with three players averaging in double digit point performances. Right behind Hall, Carrington, and Anderson are Buchberger and Keefer. Were Dave and Rob to score 15 and 16 points, respectively, tomorrow while the top three continue there torrid double digit pace (I know that might be a lot to ask for), Lehigh would have each member of its starting lineup in double digits. Probably a first for the league. Some PL historian can look it up.
Good luck, Guys. Don't let up!