Team preview: Dartmouth

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We couldn't make this up if we tried; the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line was released on Nov. 18, 2005, the exact date of Dartmouth's season opener at Boston College.

Why does this matter? Because after Nov. 18, the Big Green sang a figurative duet with Cash on "I've Been Everywhere." Boston, Portland (Maine), New York City, Albuquerque, Boulder, West Point … the Green went everywhere, man.

In one of the sorriest scheduling confluences ever concocted, 15 of Dartmouth's first 19 games last season were somewhere other than Hanover. Even five of the Big Green's first six Ivy League contests were at the end of long bus rides.

Instead of breaking in a roster with three new starters and six freshmen in his second year on the job, head coach Terry Dunn watched the road break up his fragile squad. Dartmouth won precisely two of those first 15 away games -- a 55-42 defeat of Army and a 78-68 vanquishing of Columbia -- and limped home with a 6-21 mark overall.

Mercifully, a few of those non-conference speed bumps will be returned to Leede Arena this season, removing Triple-A from Dunn's speed-dial list. And while the Big Green subtracts three starters and a sizable reserve center, the third-year head coach thinks the 11 remaining letter winners will be better basketball players for it -- and not just because they stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

"We'll know how to handle those games a little better now," Dunn said. "And with a balanced schedule, I would hope we could string together some victories to get us over the hump."