Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-3, 2-0 NEC) at
Dartmouth College Big Green (2-5, 0-0 Ivy)
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2008 7 p.m.
Leede Arena Hanover, N.H.
Back To Non-Conference Play
Following wins in consecutive Northeast Conference games, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team begins a four-game non-conference stretch, Wednesday at Dartmouth. Most recently, the Bobcats defeated Wagner, 71-63, Saturday night in Staten Island, N.Y. The Big Green also secured a win in its last game, a 96-47 rout of Division III Plymouth State. Quinnipiac enters Wednesday's contest holding a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series, including an 85-63 decision last Dec. 19 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
Scouting the Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth features one of the most potent scorers in the Ivy League, senior forward Alex Barnett. He's averaged 21.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, all team highs. Barnett has also been extremely accurate from beyond the three-point arc, connecting at 51.5 percent (17-33). Freshman guard Jabari Trotter is second on the team with an 11.0 points per game average and leads the Big Green with 11 steals. Coach Terry Dunn spreads the minutes around with 12 of 14 roster players averaging at least 10 minutes per game. Dartmouth has great size with six players 6-8 or taller.
On The Air
Wednesday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson on color. A live video webcast will also be available to Bobcat Channel subscribers.
Last Time Against Dartmouth
DeMario Anderson scored 27 points as the Bobcats cruised to an 85-63 win in Hamden. Anderson scored 19 in the first half to give QU an 18-point lead at the half. Casey Cosgrove and Bryan Geffen had 12 points apiece to go along with nine and eight assists, respectively. James Feldeine added 11 points. Alex Barnett's 17 points and nine rebounds led Dartmouth.
Last Time Out Against Wagner
Despite falling behind, 11-2, in the early going, the Bobcats battled back for a 71-63 NEC win at Wagner. James Feldeine compiled a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Bryan Geffen scored all 15 of his points on 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range. Justin Rutty added 14 points and nine rebounds despite foul trouble and James Johnson dished out seven assists, his fourth consecutive effort of seven assists or more.
Feldeine Earns NEC Player of the Week
James Feldeine was named NEC Player of the Week, Dec. 15. Feldeine recorded his second double-double of the year and third of his career with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats remained unbeaten in NEC play with a 71-63 victory, Dec. 13 at Wagner. He also added four assists. The award is the first of Feldeine's career.
2-0 Moore For QU
Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore has led the Bobcats to a 2-0 start in NEC play in each of his first two seasons at the helm. Prior to his arrival, the Bobcats won their first two league games just once, when the 1999-2000 reeled off five straight.
Bryan Geffen: He's Gellin'
Bryan Geffen connected on a season-high five three-pointers at Wagner, including 4-for-6 shooting from long range in the second half. The five trifectas tied his career-high, established in his first game as a Bobcat, Nov. 11, 2007 against Hartford.
Johnson's Lucky Sevens
James Johnson has dished out at least seven assists in each of the last four games. The Bobcats have won three of the four games in the stretch.
Can't Touch C-T
The rest of the Northeast Conference is currently looking up in the standings at the league's three schools from Connecticut. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart sit atop the league at 2-0, while Central Connecticut is 1-0. The rest of the league has at least one conference loss.
Giveth, But You Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is the Northeast Conference's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.20. He's dished out 44 assists (5.5 apg, 2nd-NEC) while turning it over just 20 times.
Sittin' On Top of the League
At 15.1 points (6th-NEC) and 7.9 rebounds (5th-NEC) per game, Justin Rutty is one of only two players in the conference currently ranked in the top six in both categories, joining Central Connecticut's Ken Horton (20.9 ppg-1st, 7.4 rpg-6th).
Feldeine Fillin' It Up
While the Bobcats lost DeMario Anderson to graduation and his personal double-digit points streak ended at an NEC-record 48 games, James Feldeine has taken over Anderson's role as a consistent double-figure scorer. Feldeine has reached a 10th point in each of the Bobcats' eight games this season.
Floor General Johnson
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. After posting modest statistics while playing a key role in Quinnipiac's 2-0 start, Johnson has averaged 11.2 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals, while shooting 53.8 percent (7-13) from three-point range. He's started his first eight collegiate games, becoming just the fifth Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.25 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 31.0 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +7.9 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's fourth in scoring at 16.6 points per game and ninth in rebounds (7.1). His 5.1 defensive rebounds per game rank seventh and .750 free-throw percentage is 11th. He also ranks 13th in field-goal percentage at 46.5 percent.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 66.3 percent (53-for-80) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats return to action Sunday, when they play host to Vermont. The game will be broadcast live on NESN-TV. Opening tip is scheduled for noon at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.