If the British-born, American merchant who was dubbed the "Financier of the Revolution" were around, he probably wouldn't give a crap about college basketball. But Robert Morris would be happy to know about the fight shown by the school named after him, and that their diligence throughout the season was rewarded by getting a ticket to the Big Dance.
It's the Colonials first trip since 1992, and they will represent the Northeast Conference after winning a thriller on their home court against Mount St. Mary's. Dallas Green is the BMOC after he picked up a loose ball with 2.5 seconds to play, and connecting on an eight foot jumper that sealed it.
More on the Pittsburgh-area university after the jump.
Location: Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Record: 23-10 (15-3)
Leading scorers: Jeremy Chappell (16.9 ppg); Rob Robinson (11.4 ppg); Jimmy Langhurst (10.1 ppg)
What to know
- The Colonials are currently battling some legal troubles; Mezie Nwigwe, the team's leading scorer off the bench, was charged with simple assault over the weekend. He actually started tonight's conference final but played only 17 minutes.
- At only 36 a game, they will be one of the worst rebounding teams in the tournament. No player averages over 6.5 a game.
- Their three wins over Mount St. Mary's is a good a win(s) as they have. Other notable teams they played this season...but lost: Pitt, Xavier, and Miami.
Projected seed: 15; nothing on the resume to suggest they can beat a good team.