Ivy League conference play started yesterday as Harvard hosted Dartmouth in Boston. Unsurprisingly, Harvard won the game, suffocating Dartmouth’s offense in the second half en route to a 61-45 win. I was at Lavietes Pavilion for the game and came away from it with a few thoughts.
- Dartmouth’s record–a respectable, if modest 7-7 tally following the loss, accurately reflects the fact that Dartmouth is substantially better than they have been in past years. They haven’t been this
goodok in over a decade–they move the ball well and play solid defensively, especially on the perimeter.
- Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth’s Lithuanian junior big man, was terrific against Harvard. He was a force and finished with 19 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists. His ability to finish the rim around the rim with either hand through contact is extremely impressive.
- The biggest problem for Dartmouth is, outside of the Maldunas, they don’t have anybody who is great at getting good shots off the dribble. They had a real tough time getting quality looks against Harvard. Of course, scoring is always more difficult against the Crimson’s stifling D.
- Harvard continues to play well. They’ve really focused their offensive approach on attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line of late and that seemed to be the plan against Dartmouth.
- The crowd at Lavietes Pavilion was spotty and, with the students on break, fairly quiet. It doesn’t seem like many folks around Boston are aware of the fact that the city is home to one of the best teams in college basketball right now.