All you needed to see was the visual of 5'9 Karon Abraham doling out post-game handshakes to the towering behemoths of Villanova to really get a good feel for how hard Robert Morris University had to work today in their unfortunate (but close) 73-70 overtime loss to the Wildcats. The game was a barnburner from beginning to end, with most of the regulation play spent with about a 2-4 point difference between teams and a plucky, determined Colonials team hanging on to their lead with everything they had. You also got to see Robert Morris head coach Mike Rice mouthing some pretty horrendous profanity and hear Bill Raftery use the phrase "stroking" approximately 7,000 times in a multitude of contexts, all of them uncomfortable and slightly creepy.
Here's the strange thing, however. The life of Robert Morris University's Constitutional Conventioneer namesake and Robert Morris' performance today share several strikingly similar qualities. It's almost eerie. See for yourself:
ROBERT MORRIS: Was colonial.
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Are the Colonials.
ROBERT MORRIS: Attended many conferences in the Northeast.
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Contends in the Northeast Conference.
ROBERT MORRIS: Assisted local merchants in protesting the Stamp Act.
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Had 8 assists on the day.
ROBERT MORRIS: Liked rice
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Mike Rice
ROBERT MORRIS: Dumped on by John Hancock.
ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: Dunked on by Mouphtaou Yarou.
All in all, the third of three great games to kick off the tournament today. Plus, did it hint that Villanova's not exactly what they're cracked up to be? We shall see. Onward and upward.