College Hoops Picks, Jan. 30: Princeton Tigers at Dartmouth Big Green

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2009

Princeton Tigers @ Dartmouth Big Green
Friday, Jan. 30—7:00 PM EST


The Princeton Tigers (0-0, 5-8) kick off Ivy League play with a trip to Dartmouth (3-13), who snapped an eight-game losing streak with an overtime win at Hartford last Saturday.

The Tigers have the fourth-best overall record in the Ivies, and their best player is freshman guard Doug Davis, who has led the Tigers in multiple statistics on more than one occasion. He is Princeton's leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game.

The Big Green have the worst overall record in the Ivies and rely on one player to do it all. Senior forward Alex Barnett leads Dartmouth in every category with 18.6 points per game (their second-best player averages 8.7), 5.4 boards per game (4.1 is the next best), 2.4 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 1.3 steals.

Barnett is also the most accurate Dartmouth player from anywhere on the floor (both inside and outside the arc for players who have attempted more than 50 shots) and shoots a very impressive 86.8 percent from the charity stripe.

The Princeton Tigers are in the midst of a three-game win streak and are looking to kick off Ivy League play with a bang. After finishing second in the regular season in 2004-05, the Tigers have finished last for the past two years. They will be looking to turn that around this year.




Current Line: Princeton -1.5

Princeton ATS: 5-2, 1-0 when favored
Dartmouth ATS: 4-2, 4-2 when underdog

Since 1980, the Tigers and Big Green have faced each other 56 times, with the Tigers walking away victorious 45 times. In the past two seasons, though, Dartmouth leads the series 3-1. Two of the four games have been decided by fewer than five points, while the other two had double-digit winning margins.

The big difference between this year and the last two seasons is that the Tigers now have Davis and a promising future. Princeton is on the way up right now, while Dartmouth is on a slippery slope down.

Pick: Princeton -1.5

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