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Robert Morris, We Meet Again For The First Time For The Last Time

And so, here we are. Syracuse will be playing in the National Invitational Tournament for the right to say "Forget about that loss to South Florida, we told you we should have been in" and to wear some hastily-made T-shirts while doing it.

Syracuse is a #1 seed a year removed from being a #2 seed, so that's nice. The fine folks at the NIT sure know how to take care of us. Last year we kicked things off with a visit from South Alabama, but they're in the NCAA Tournament this year so we'll have to look elsewhere for a guest to play with Tuesday night. Look no further than Moon Township, Pennsylvania, home of the Robert Morris Colonials.

The Colonials are feeling a little Dante from Clerks right now. They're not even supposed to be here today. They should be dancing with the big boys. Alas, Mount St. Mary's didn't get the memo and they upset the #1 seed in the Northeast Conference and stole their bid. As such, the 26-7 team finds themselves as a lowly 8-seed in the NIT after a solid season.
Let's get to know them a little better, shall we?

Robert Morris University
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Blue & White (although red seems to be involved as well)
2007 Record:
26-7 (16-2)
Head Coach:
Michael Rice (1st year) - Former assistant at Fordham (1991-94), Marquette (1994-97), Niagara (1997-98), Chicago State (1998-2001), Saint Joseph’s (2004-06) and Pittsburgh (2006-07)
How'd They Get Here: Robert Morris was the #1 seed in the Northeastern Conference Tournament but was upset by Mount St. Mary's in the finals. Hence...NIT.
Who Do We Need to Worry About:
Jeremy Chappel (14.9 PPG) and Tony Lee (6.7 RPG/6.4 APG)
Notable Games:
L 107-111 Seton Hall, W 72-66 Fordham, W 59-51 Boston College
Random fact to mention to friends during the game to make yourself seem more interesting than you really are: Head coach Mike Rice's sisters, Susan and Stephanie, each played tennis at Syracuse.

RMU and Syracuse share a couple opponents from the season. We both beat Fordham while the Colonials lost a high-scoring affair to Seton Hall (107-111) while the Orange defeated the Pirate. Morris also owns a 57-51 win over Boston College, which we can appreciate. For more RMU news and updates, might I suggest
Colonials Corner.

Along with wondering how motivated the Orange will be on Tuesday, we know wait and see how large the crowd is going to be as well. 16,000 packed the Dome for last year's opening round game but that was riding a wave of disappointment and support. This year, we kinda saw it coming. Hopefully, the support is still there but likely, it won't be as much.

Not trying to get ahead of ourselves here but if the Orange win, they will face the winner of Minnesota-Maryland. Something about having two NCAA Champs from the current decade (Cuse & Maryland) play in the 2nd round of the NIT just doesn't feel right. But then again, here we are...