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Let’s meet the Robert Morris Colonials

It’s doubtful that many Villanova fans know too much about Robert Morris, so let’s see who exactly this team is.

1) Who are they?

Robert Morris is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Colonials play in the Northeast Conference and have won back-to-back league titles. Their head coach is Mike Rice, who in three seasons at Robert Morris has a record of 73-30 and two NCAA tournament appearances. Prior to coming to Robert Morris, he was an assistant to Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh.

The Colonials starting lineup consists of senior forwards Dallas Green and Rob Robinson, senior guard Meze Nwigwe and freshmen guards Karon Abraham and Velton Jones.

2) How did they get here?

The Colonials went 23-11 this season and tied for first in their conference with a 15-3 record. They knocked off top-seed Quinnipiac 52-50 in the conference final to earn the automatic bid. Against NCAA tournament teams, Robert Morris lost to Syracuse and Pittsburgh and beat Ohio and Morgan State.

3) Who to watch

The Colonials best player is freshman guard Karon Abraham, the freshman of the year in the Northeast Conference. The Paterson, N.J. native averaged 13.8 points per game during his first season, making him the only Colonial to average double-figures in scoring. Abraham improved as the season went on, scoring double-figures in his last seven games.

4) What to expect

There shouldn’t be any first round scare for the Wildcats like they had last season with American. While Robert Morris has tournament experience going for it, its lack of scoring will be a problem. The Colonials averaged just 68.5 points per game, nearly as much as the 65.7 points per game they allowed. Also, without a player on their roster taller than 6’8″, the Colonials will fail to take advantage of an undersized Villanova team. Look for the Wildcats to get an easy win they desperately need.

-David Cassilo

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