Non-Conference Season Preview: Dartmouth

Evan Gray, Staff
Eagle Action

The final edition of our non-conference season previews

Last and possibly least, the Eagles will take on the Big Green of Dartmouth in an oddly placed non-conference game right in the middle of ACC play. This game should be a confidence booster and a nice chance to get a win in case the Eagles get out to a slow start in conference play.

Check out our preview of the game below!

If you missed any of our other non-conference season previews, click on them:

Part 1: Maine, South Carolina State, Sacred Heart HERE

Part 2: Texas Tech, Northwestern, La Salle HERE

Part 3: Colgate and Providence HERE

Part 4: Nebraska HERE

Part 5: Hartford HERE

Part 6: Columbia HERE

Part 7: Central Connecticut State HERE

Part 8: Richmond HERE

Dartmouth-Jan. 13 (Saturday)-Conte Forum  

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16-17 Record: 7-20 (4-10 in Ivy League)

Postseason: None

Biggest Win: Defeated LIU-Brooklyn (20-12) 82-68 Dec. 18

Worst Loss: Lost to Longwood (6-24) 86-80 Nov. 28

Power Five Record: 0-1 (Boston College)

Top Returning Scorer: Evan Boudreaux, Jr., F, 17.5 ppg

Biggest Departure: Mike Fleming, G, 4.7 ppg (Graduated)

New Arrival: Chris Knight, 6-6, PF, James Madison Memorial (WI), Unranked

Thoughts:

The Eagles will be hosting Duke on December 9th for an early ACC game, meaning one of their non-conference games will be bumped into the middle of the ACC schedule. Luckily, BC will get a contest with Dartmouth sandwiched between a road game at UNC and a home matchup with Florida State. Hopefully the Eagles have an ACC win at this point, but if they don’t, a victory against the struggling Dartmouth should pump some life back into this squad.

Last season, the Eagles made quick work of the Big Green, winning 88-70 on the back of Jerome Robinson’s 27 points. In a game where the Eagles shot 56% from the field and hit 11 triples, you couldn’t have asked for a better performance on the offensive end. Defensively, the biggest problem for the Eagles was/will be Dartmouth forward Evan Boudreaux. A 6-9 stretch big who can knock down from deep, Connar Tava and Mo Jeffers couldn’t handle such a crafty player like Boudreaux, and the sophomore was up to 23 points on 14 shots before a late game ejection ended his day abruptly. Throughout the course of the season, the Eagles struggled mightily with stretch bigs, and often failed with on-ball-screen-coverage that would lead to wide open pick-and-pops.

Looking ahead to this year’s matchup with Dartmouth, expect Boudreaux to still be an issue--he’s shot 40% from 3 for his career--and Deontae Hawkins will have his hands full sticking with Boudreaux. Dartmouth, however, was 7-20 for a reason last season, and besides Boudreaux, they didn’t have a lot of weapons offensively. With just three players averaging above 6 points per game last year, the Big Green finished with a bottom fifty offense in the country--last in the Ivy League. Luckily for Dartmouth, they lost no major pieces in the offseason, but it remains to be seen who could take a leap forward on this squad. But even with the lack of individual talent, first year Head Coach David McLaughlin didn’t do much to make this team better than the sum of its parts. One of the worst passing teams in the nation, the Big Green finished fourth to last in Division 1 in assists.

Like a lot of Ivy League schools, Dartmouth is also completely devoid of size, with just one player above 6-4 (Boudreaux) slotted to be in the rotation, Dartmouth is not going to be blocking a lot of shots or crashing the offensive boards. Last year, Dartmouth was in the bottom thirty in the nation in offensive rebounding and was dead last in blocks--swatting away just 48 attempts all season.

Dartmouth is a struggling program, but they really didn’t lose any major pieces from last season, so expect them to better than their 7-20 record from 2016-17. That being said, their offense is too reliant on one player, and they don’t have the size or passing to do anything unpredictable. Much like Maine or South Carolina State, the Eagles should be so physically dominant that anything less than a double-digit victory would be dissapointing. If Boudreaux is able to get hot early, the Big Green may keep this one close for a little while, but BC has no business allowing this game to be truly competitive.

Difficulty: 2/10

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