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Posted on: March 18, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Didn't We Almost Have It All?

C.M. TOMLIN


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.
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:18 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 10:21 pm
 

Quinnipiac 'Robbed' of Northeast crown

JOHN WILKINSON



Robert Morris wins the Northeast Conference Tournament for the second straight season, edging house-favorite Quinnipiac 52-50, setting the college basketball world ablaze. 

Forward Dallas Green, he's from Indy, blocked a game-winning 3-point attempt from Quinnipiac's James Feldeine, then hit two free throws to seal another trip to the dance for the Pittsburgh based Colonials. Both teams entered the game 15-3 in conference play, though Quinnipiac won the regular season matchup, and with it, the regular season title. 

This is the first home loss of the season for Quinnipiac, who played like the weight of the world draped their shoulders, and in many ways, it did. They had a chance to earn their first ever bid to the dance while shattering an important alphabetic ceiling. You see, no school beginning with the letter 'Q' has ever made the tournament, and since Quinnipiac is the lone DI Q, you can understand the tremendous pressure hoisted upon them. I suppose next year when EVERY TEAM GETS A TROPHY!!! and there are 96 spots to fill maybe the No-east will get 2 bids and we'll all be so thankful that another team from the Northeast gets an opportunity to win a national championship. 

A 15-16 seed for the Northeast Champs, Robert Morris Colonials. 
Posted on: March 7, 2010 10:02 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2010 10:06 pm
 

NEC Final Set

JOHN WILKINSON



Rawr. 



Long Island 78 Quinnipiac 83 

Mt. St. Mary's 62 Robert Morris 80




Take a seat Canisius, Quinnipiac is the new "never knew that school existed until I filled out my bracket" sensation, and the Bobcats will be seeking their first trip to the dance in school history when they battle Robert Morris Wednesday night for the league crown. 

It won't be easy. 

Defending champ Robert Morris (22-11. 15-3) made quick work of a Mt. St. Mary's team riding an 11 game win streak, and appear more than ready to avenge an 87-79 loss to Quinnipiac (23-8, 15-3) on their home floor last month. The Bobcats, however, are undefeated at home this year and possess the conference's best duo in guard James Feldiene and forward Justin Rutty

Rutty, the NEC Player of the Year, blue-collared his way to 22 points and 16 boards tonight against the boys from Brooklyn, a game in which they trailed by 5 with under 6 to play. An 11-2 run secured their spot in the finals and a chance to make school history. 

To the winner of course, is a trophy, and a trip to the biggest gymnasium they've ever played in to be rag-dolled by a 1-seed, taking pictures and making lasting memories allthewhile.

If you understand the essence of college basketball then you will enjoy this game. 

Two teams, equally talented, in a battle of heart, balls, and desperation for a couple more weeks of relevancy and a compassionate pre-game piece featuring triumph over tragedy and narrated by either Greg Gumbel or Jim Nantz. 



Northeast Conference Championship Game

Robert Morris @ Quinnipiac 

Wednesday, 7 PM, ESPN2











Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:31 am
Edited on: March 5, 2010 12:36 am
 

Nor'easter a'brewin



JOHN WILKINSON
12:30 AM

Welcome to the Northeast Conference, where the basketball may not be quite as elite as its populace, but damned if it isn't every bit as cutthroat. 

The NEC Tourney has already been trimmed to four with a single goal in mind: 16 seed. 

Most "experts" agree the eventual NEC champ is destined for sacrificial slaughtering from the only slot on the NCAA Tournament bracket to have never advanced, but even when your date to the dance has more neck fat than Beano Cook and visible backne, you're still hitching a ride in that limo. And that's what college sports are all about. Limos.  (college life on the other hand, is certainly more about neck fat)

So without further ado, or really much ado at all, the NEC final 4. Like many of the low-major post-season extravaganzas, the higher seed gets rewarded with a home game. 

Sunday 
#4 Long Island (14-16, 11-7) @ #1 Quinnipiac (22-8, 15-3)

#3 Mount St. Mary's (16-14, 12-6) @ #2 Robert Morris 21-11, 15-3)
From the beginning this tournament had the look of a two-horse race between the Bobcats of Quinnipiac and Robert Morris Nissan, and when you add in the fact both schools combined for a mere one loss at home in conference, it's hard to imagine any other outcome. But this is March, people. You don't need the zeal of Gus Johnson or the tranquility of Jim Nantz to commence the crazy. Amazing things happen when it's win or go home, and it's all about who's hot at the right time. Which is why you'd be foolish to write off Mount Saint Mary's, winners of 11 straight, gliding on the wings of The Great Virgin (Mary, not Tebow). And if you think a school located in Brooklyn (Long Island) is simply going lie down and take what's coming to them, then you my friend have never been to Brooklyn. Quinnipiac can expect to be tested, and at the least, gentrified.  Official Conference Site

Stay tuned. More to come later, including: -Robert Morris: A Gentleman and a Baller? -LIU vs LIT: bracketology meets mixology -Quinnipiac: from struggling summer camp to the cusp of the Big Dance Plus, Andy Rooney. 
 
 
 
 
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