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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Dartmouth at Penn St.
When: 4:00 PM ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania

At 11-1 with nine straight wins, Penn State is on a roll, but coach Patrick Chambers knows a big challenge awaits. It’s not so much Monday’s opponent, visiting Dartmouth, but the holiday looming later this week. It will be the Nittany Lions’ final game before Christmas and a nine-day break between contests.

“These games are so scary because it’s Christmas and exams are over,” Chambers told the media following Saturday’s 73-68 victory over Drexel in Allentown, Pa. “I felt like we played a little tired in the first half mentally, and then we picked it up. But these games are tough because everyone wants to go home.” The Big Green features the same scenario: A game Monday and then nine days before their next contest Dec. 31.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, no TV

ABOUT DARTMOUTH (5-5): The Big Green doesn’t own a losing record for the first time all season after riding point guard Alex Mitola’s four overtime 3-pointers in beating visiting Northern Illinois 58-55. Mitola leads the team in scoring at 15.2 per game and has reached double figures in 14 straight outings dating to last season. Gabas Maldunas (11.4 points and and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds) and Connor Boehm (10.3 points) also are scoring in double figures for Dartmouth, which has won two straight and four of its last five games.

ABOUT PENN STATE (11-1): The Nittany Lions are off to their best start since the 1995-96 squad won its first 13 games, and their 11 non-conference wins matches the program record set in 2008-09. Penn State has been doing it with defense and rebounding, limiting each of their last five opponents to 40.4 percent shooting or worse and finishing even or better on the boards in nine of 12 contests. Senior guard D.J. Newbill leads the team and Big Ten in scoring at 21.8 points – finishing with 12 or more in 22 straight games – while Brandon Taylor (10.7) and Shep Garner (10.3) are also averaging double figures and Ross Travis is setting the rebounding pace at 7.6 per outing.

TIP-INS

1. Penn State has won all six of its home games and has won 11 straight non-conference contests in the Bryce Jordan Center.

2. The Nittany Lions are 6-0 in games decided by five or fewer points this season after finishing 4-8 in such contests a year ago.

3. Penn State will be the only major conference foe Dartmouth faces this season.

PREDICTION: Penn State 71, Dartmouth 62

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Dartmouth 5-5 W2 3-1 2-4 0-0 2-2 3-3 0-0
Penn St. 11-1 W9 6-0 2-0 3-1 5-1 6-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Dartmouth Penn St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dartmouth N/A
Penn St. N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dartmouth N/A
Penn St. N/A
Assists Player  
Dartmouth N/A
Penn St. N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dartmouth A. Mitola 152 47.4 7
Penn St. D. Newbill 261 46.2 69
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dartmouth G. Maldunas 73 22 51
Penn St. R. Travis 91 34 57
Assists Player  
Dartmouth M. Gill 33
Penn St. D. Newbill 37
Quickchart Matchup
Dartmouth Off vs  Penn St. Defense
64.4 Points For
66.7 Points Against
44.5 FG%
38.0 FG%
32.2 Reb
32.2 Reb
Penn St. Off vs  Dartmouth Defense
72.3 Points For
62.0 Points Against
43.3 FG%
40.6 FG%
32.2 Reb
28.7 Reb