Quick Preview: Rutgers vs. Dartmouth

Coming off their first season loss to defending NCAA Champion Florida, the Scarlet Knights have an opportunity to regroup tonight with a contest against The Big Green of Dartmouth.

Rutgers needs to dominate this game if they hope to compete against Big East caliber opponents.

Dartmouth comes in sporting a 1-2 record with their lone victory over VMI, while losing to the Air Force Academy and James Madison University. Dartmouth has only two seniors this season, an extremely young team by Ivy League standards. The team is currently led by #1 Alex Barnett, a 6’6” forward and by #30 DeVon Mosley, a 6’1” guard. Each player averages 15ppg for a team scoring 51ppg. Disrupt these two and you disrupt 60% of their offense. A glance at their roster reveals eight Big Green players at 6’6” or taller. Freshman John Marchiano, a 7’0” 265lb center from Roselle Park, NJ is the largest. Center Elgin Fitzgerald at 6’9” gets the majority of playing time amongst their bigs and is relied upon for defensive rebounding.

The lone victory for Dartmouth, 98-87 over VMI, was simply a wild, defenseless shootout with Barnett and Mosley having big nights. Since, the Big Green has been pitted against two very athletic teams and it showed. They were drubbed by Air Force 67-38 and clubbed by James Madison to the tune of 72-57.

Rutgers athleticism should allow them to blow by Dartmouth, but the team needs to be sharp on offense while minimizing turnovers and fouls. Beware that Ivy teams play very disciplined, methodical basketball, can hit the 3 pointers and are deadly from the foul line. If Rutgers can avoid becoming overly anxious and play within themselves, it will be a Happy Thanksgiving on The Banks.


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