Robert Morris is back in action tonight against Central Connecticut State at 7pm. The Colonials will look to snap a two game losing streak and creep back toward the .500 mark in NEC play. The Blue Devils come in 0-6 in conference play, and are –on paper– the worst team in the NEC.
Finding Rhythm: The offense continues to have some big question marks. While RMU has played some of it’s best defense under Andy Toole, they continue to be one of the worst teams in college basketball on offense. It’s hard to win games when you can’t score. Isaiah Still continues to carry the load, but that’s a lot to ask of a sophomore. There are 351 D1 basketball teams. Per Ken-Pom, only two teams rank worse than the Colonials.
The good news? If RMU can figure SOMETHING out, they could be a very scary team as we inch toward February. RMU is ranked 85th in defense, by far the best team in the NEC. As the old saying goes “defense wins championships.” That saying fails to mention that you need a semblance of an offense, but history says Toole will figure something out.
We saw a lot more of Lorenzen Wright Jr last Saturday against Wagner (season high 20 minutes), and I would like to see that continue. He isn’t Karvel Anderson (hell, he went 1-4 from three and scored 3 points Saturday), but he is a good three point shooter when left open. RMU is desperate for some shooting, and he’s one of a select few guys who *could* bring it.
The Colonials next two games are at home against CCSU and Bryant, two of the worst teams in the conference. If they want to make a move up the standings, they need to sweep these games. A very difficult three game road trip is on the horizon (@MSM, @SFPA, @LIU), and without two wins this weekend, the Colonials will have a tough time just making the NEC tournament.
As for CCSU, under first year head coach Donyell Marshall, they have showed a lot of fight, but they don’t have a lot of talent. They have lost 12 games in a row, and haven’t win since November 30th. Khalen Cumberlander is really talented guard who is capable of spear heading an upset if the Colonials don’t shut him down. Expect the RMU defense to keep a good eye on him, especially early in the game.
Been SUPER busy (so has Chris) so apologize for the lack of content. RMU announced a new arena update. I expect more updates to come, but looks like it will be an awesome venue, along with a new rec area and agreement with UPMC. Here are the details vis Post Gazette.
RMU offered two 2017 guards/wings. SG David Collins is a 6-3 guard from Pittsburgh (First Love Christian Academy). He has offers/interest from some big programs including Iona and Cincinnati according to Verbal Commits.
The other offer went out to 6-7 wing Chris Coalman out of Manhasset, NY. LIU, Wagner, Bryant and Stony Brook have all offered him according to Verbal Commits.