Dartmouth (2-8) at Boston College (7-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 31, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Dartmouth 1-2, BC 6-2. Away Record: Dartmouth 1-6, BC 1-1. Neutral Record: Dartmouth 0-0, BC 0-2. Conference Record: Dartmouth 0-0, BC 0-0. Series Record: Boston College leads, 18-9.
GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles aim for their fifth win in a row as they host the Dartmouth Big Green for a non-conference bout at Conte Forum.
At the same time, Dartmouth will be looking to end its current five-game losing slide that has dropped it to 2-8 on the season and 1-6 in away games. The Big Green were defeated, 79-66, by Bryant on Dec. 22, which was their last appearance. Dartmouth was tied with Bryant at halftime, but the Bulldogs converted 17-of-23 field goals and 19-of-20 at the line in the second half to run off to the 13-point decision. The Big Green are struggling on the offensive end this season with a mere average of 56.4 points per game on 35.9 percent shooting from the floor. They are allowing their opponents to net 64.1 ppg with a .426 field goal percentage.
Dartmouth will have a tough time bouncing back against Boston College, which earned its fourth consecutive victory on Friday by downing Holy Cross, 70-60. The Eagles, who are 4-1 in December, come into their 2012 finale with a 7-5 overall record. Coach Steve Donahue's team is outscoring its opposition by a very slim 0.2 points per game thanks to its double-digit losses to Baylor (84-74), Dayton (87-71), and Harvard (79-63).
BC completed an 89-58 rout of the Big Green in its 2009-10 season opener to increase its all-time series lead to 18-9. The Eagles have won seven of their last eight encounters with Dartmouth.
Dartmouth received a big time performance out of freshman Connor Boehm, who tallied 24 points and nine boards, in its recent loss to Bryant. Alex Mitola got into the mix for the Big Green as well with 15 points and five assists, but no other player scored in double-figures for Dartmouth. Mitola is pacing the low-scoring team on the offensive end with 11.3 ppg and Gabas Maldunas is netting 11 points and a team-best 6.3 boards per outing. John Golden (9.8 ppg) and Boehm will both need to add additional scoring support to help the Big Green climb out of their early season hole.
The Eagles used the 3-point arc to their advantage against Holy Cross as they knocked down 10-of-24 from long distance and limited the Crusaders to just two makes on 19 tries from deep. Patrick Heckmann connected on five triples en route to 19 points and sophomore forward Ryan Anderson registered a double- double by pouring in 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Anderson is pacing the team with 16.3 points and 9.7 boards per outing. Olivier Hanlan (12.9 ppg), Joe Rahon (10.3 ppg), and Heckmann (9.3 ppg) are all key contributors for BC as well.
Boston College's recent hot streak is unfortunate for the Big Green, who are in desperate need of a tune up game. The Eagles should be able to fend off the Ivy League's visitors and coast into 2013.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 74, Dartmouth 61
12/31 10:30:45 ET