Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball

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Robert Morris Colonials
2017–18 Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball team
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University Robert Morris University
Head coach Andrew Toole (8th season)
Conference Northeast Conference
Location Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Arena

Charles L. Sewall Center (1985-2017)

PPG Paints Arena and AJ Palumbo Center (2017-18)

UPMC Events Center (beginning 2019)
Nickname Colonials
Colors Blue, White, and White[1]
              
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2015
Conference regular season champions
1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014

The Robert Morris Colonials men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Northeast Conference. The Colonials current head coach is Andrew Toole who is in his eighth season at RMU.[2] Toole was hired when, after three years in charge and 73 wins, head coach Mike Rice Jr. left the program in 2010 to take the head coaching job at Rutgers.[3]

The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2015, where the Colonials beat North Florida in the First Four,[4][5] but then suffered a loss to No. 1-seeded Duke (the eventual national champion) in the First Round.[6] Five years earlier, in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the 15th-seed Colonials nearly upset No. 9-ranked Villanova in the First Round before losing in overtime.[7][8] The team is also known for its upset over No. 1-seeded (and 2012 national champion) Kentucky at the buzzer in the opening round of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament[9][10] and another upset over traditional Big East powerhouse St. John's in the opening round of the 2014 NIT.[11][12] However, in both cases, the Colonials lost in the second round.

Postseason results

NCAA Tournament results

The Colonials have appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times. Their combined record is 2–8. [13][14]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #12 First Round #5 Indiana L 62–94
1983 #12 Preliminary Round
First Round
#12 Georgia Southern
#5 Purdue
W 64–54
L 53–55
1989 #16 First Round #1 Arizona L 60–94
1990 #15 First Round #2 Kansas L 71–79
1992 #16 First Round #1 UCLA L 53–73
2009 #15 First Round #2 Michigan State L 62–77
2010 #15 First Round #2 Villanova L 70–73 OT
2015 #16 First Four
First Round
#16 North Florida
#1 Duke
W 81–77
L 56–85

NIT results

The Colonials have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their record is 2–3. [13]

Year Round Opponent Result
2008 First Round Syracuse L 81–87
2013 First Round
Second Round
Kentucky
Providence
W 59–57
L 68–77
2014 First Round
Second Round
St. John's
Belmont
W 89–78
L 71–82

CIT results

The Colonials have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 2–1. [15]

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Indiana State
Toledo
Fairfield
W 67–60
W 69–51
L 61–67

Home court

On January 30, 2017, Robert Morris announced plans to build a new basketball and volleyball facility named the UPMC Events Center on the school's campus.[16] The basketball team's former home, the Charles L. Sewall Center was to be demolished to make room for the new arena.[17] The 2017–18 Colonials played their home games at the PPG Paints Arena[16] and at the Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University.[18] UPMC Events Center is expected to open in January of 2019.

References

  1. ^ "Robert Morris Athletics". Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "With new arena on way, Robert Morris coach Andy Toole gets contract extension". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Robert Morris hires 29-year-old Andrew Toole as new coach - USATODAY.com". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Robert Morris defeats North Florida in First Four, draws Duke". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Robert Morris holds off North Florida, earns date with Duke". Sporting News. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  6. ^ Press, Associated. "NCAA tournament: No. 1 seed Duke beats Robert Morris, 85-56, in NCAA opener". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Robert Morris vs. Villanova - Game Recap - March 18, 2010 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  8. ^ "NCAA tournament: Robert Morris almost upsets Villanova". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Robert Morris stuns Kentucky in NIT, 59-57". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  10. ^ "Robert Morris vs. Kentucky - Game Recap - March 19, 2013 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  11. ^ "St. John's suffers first-round NIT exit against Robert Morris". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Red Storm loses in first round of NIT to Robert Morris". TimesLedger. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  13. ^ a b "Robert Morris Colonials Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  14. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Robert Morris Colonials - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  15. ^ "2011-12 Robert Morris Colonials Schedule and Results | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  16. ^ a b "Robert Morris to build new basketball, volleyball arena". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  17. ^ "RMU partners with UPMC on new Events Center for basketball and volleyball". NEXTpittsburgh. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  18. ^ "RMU To Play Four Home Games at A.J. Palumbo Center - Robert Morris University". Robert Morris University. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 

External links

  • Official website
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