Team preview: Dartmouth

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 3, 2005, 10:36 AM ET
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On the morning of Feb. 12, 2005, Dartmouth arrived in Providence, R.I., near the basement of the Ivy League standings at 2-5. Overall, the Big Green had dropped 15-of-20 games in 2004-05 and even worse, dating back a season, had lost 33-of-38.

And then it happened.

First-year coach Terry Dunn's squad won five straight games. That's five straight Ivy League games. The victims included Brown twice, Cornell, Columbia and Yale. And earlier in the season, Dartmouth downed Princeton for the first time in four years.

The Ivy League doesn't give out a coach-of-the-year award, but it's hard to imagine Terry Dunn wouldn't have been the pick. A year after falling to the bottom of the bottom in college basketball, at 3-25, Dartmouth finished tied for third in the Ivy League. It was the program's highest finish since 1998-99. Dartmouth was just one win shy of tying Cornell for second place.

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