New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 2:00 PM Eastern, ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com
For Part 1 of Jon Teitel’s All-Conference Awards of 2016, featuring three players in action in today’s game, CLICK HERE.
New Year’s Eve. The final day of 2016. And as we say farewell to one year and welcome in the next one, the highlight Under the Radar game today is in fact our Under the Radar Game of the Year — as the Team of the People, the New Hampshire Wildcats, travel across the Granite State to take on the Dartmouth Big Green. The Wildcats are led by two of the top players inn the America East, guard Jaleen Smith and forward Tanner Leissner. The two of them are hoping the lead the Wildcats to their first ever NCAA Tournament bid this season. They have already won at Temple and at Winthrop, sit at 8-4 overall, and will now be looking to add a Granite State rivalry championship to their list of accomplishments. Today’s game is also the Wildcats’ last non-conference game against D1 competition, with the quest for the top seed in the America East tournament set to begin next Thursday against Stony Brook. #GoDancingOrDie
Standing between the Wildcats and their 9th win of the season today is in-state rival Dartmouth. The Big Green started the season 0-9, but have won their last two since then, both on the road. Forward Evan Boudreaux has been leading the way so far for his team, having scored in double figures in all but one game. The possibility of him matching up against Tanner Leissner today will make this game worth watching, regardless of the in-state rivalry title that is at stake. No matter what way one looks at it, today’s game should be fun, and we just hope that, especially with all State offices in New Hampshire closed today, that the fans turn out for this one and recognize just how big of a game it is.