Something a little different than a formal game preview:
-Robert Morris (0-6) will play Mississippi Valley State (0-5) in the final game of the Air Force classic… The Colonials are 0-6 for the first time since I don’t know when… Mississippi Valley State is a member of the SWAC, they went 6-26, 5-13 last season… KenPom has them ranked 349 overall…They have the third least efficient offense in the country…Guard Damion Young and forward Latrell Love are the names to know… MVSU is a TINY team. Their tallest player is 6-foot-6… KenPom has Robert Morris as 12 point favorites.
-Tonight’s game will tip at 8:30 p.m. This may or may not be a working link come game time. If not, tune to 970 AM radio (iHeart Radio app) for Chris Shovlin and Jim Duzyk on call.
-Head coach Andy Toole met with his team in the locker room for quite awhile after last night’s loss. He did not come out for his radio interview with Chris Shovlin. Usually, he’ll do that directly after the game or a few minutes after. Maybe the Colonials did some soul searching?
That wouldn’t be the first time. Last year, after a home loss to LIU Brooklyn, Toole took over an hour to meet with the media. RMU won seven of their final eight to make the NCAA tournament.
-The NEC is having an awful stretch of basketball. They’ve now fallen to the 29th overall in KenPom’s conference ranking list. There are only 32 conferences.
-The SWAC, which Mississippi Valley State plays in, was ranked last.
-Before FDU’s win over Saint Peter’s this afternoon, the last NEC team to win against a D-I opponent was when LIU defeated NC Central 78-77 last Sunday. The Blackbirds sport the conference’s best record at 3-1 overall. They play at Dartmouth tomorrow.
–Mount St. Mary’s, who entered the year as the preseason #1, joins the Colonials in the 0-6 club after back to back losses to Elon and Furman. They’ve also played teams like Maryland, Ohio State, Washington and Gonzaga.
-Other games tonight: Wagner plays Staten Island (not a D-I team) and St. Francis Brooklyn hosts North Florida, who of course caught those NEC hands last year, losing to RMU in the NCAA tournament last year.
-Friendly reminder that St. Francis PA shooting guard Ben Millaud-Meunier, who has a little history with RMU, is 4-27 (four of twenty-seven) from three point range this season. That’s a 14.8 (fourteen point eight) percent shooting percentage.
Postgame coverage later tonight!