2013 NIT Tournament: Know Your Enemy: Robert Morris Colonials

Mar 7, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Robert Morris guard Velton Jones (2) shoots during the first half in the 2012 NEC tournament against LIU Brooklyn at the Wellness Recreation and Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Morris Colonials 23-10 (14-4), 1st in Northeast Conference

2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

Charles L. Sewall Center, Moon Township, Pa.

ESPN 7:30 PM EST

 

 

2012-13 ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME
Nov 9 @ RIDER L79-54
Nov 12 vs LEHIGH* L89-60
Nov 13 vs FORDAM* W74-58
Nov 17 @ XAVIER L61-59
Nov 19 vs BGSU W71-60
Nov 20 vs CLEVELAND W71-62
Nov 26 @ SAV L61-52
Dec 1 vs OHIO W84-76
Dec 4 @ CAMPBELL W61-58
Dec 8 @ HAMPTON W66-54
Dec 15 vs DUQ W91-69
Dec 18 @ ULL W66-61
Dec 20 @ ARKKANSAS L79-74
Jan 3 vs BRY L84-77
Jan 5 vs CCSU L77-70
Jan 10 @ FDU W88-54
Jan 12 @ MONM W70-55

 

DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME
Jan 17 vs SHU W66-62
Jan 19 vs QUIN W87-75
Jan 24 @ SFPA W84-70
Jan 26 vs MSM W76-68
Jan 31 @ SFNY L71-61
Feb 2 @ LIU W60-57
Feb 6 vs SFPA W60-48
Feb 9 vs WAG W83-79 OT
Feb 14 @ QUIN L63-61
Feb 16 @ SHU W68-63
Feb 21 vs MONM W77-65
Feb 23 vs FDU W89-46
Feb 28 @ BRY W77-75
Mar 2 @ CCSU W81-61
Mar 6 vs SFNY W75-57
Mar 9 vs MSM L69-60
Mar 19 vs UK 7:30 PM ET

 

* Game played at neutral location

 

2012-13 ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
1 Mike McFadden F 6-8 220 JR Newark,NJ
2 Velton Jones G 6-0 170 SR Philadelphia,PA
3 Coron Williams G 6-2 170 JR Midlothian,VA
4 David Appolon G 6-3 180 SO Philadelphia,PA
5 Anthony Myers-Pate G 5-11 170 JR Washington,DC
10 Treadwell Lewis G 6-1 180 SR Shelton,CT
15 Karvel Anderson G 6-2 190 JR Elkart,IN
20 Stephan Hawkins F-C 6-9 205 FR Gary,IN
22 Lucky Jones F 6-6 205 SO Newark,NJ
25 Shane Sweigart G 6-4 195 SR Harrisburg,PA
34 Russell Johnson F 6-6 180 SR Chester,PA
45 Keith Armstrong F 6-7 230 SO Raleigh,NC

 

GAME STATISTICS

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Karvel Anderson 31 25.0 12.7 2.8 1.1 0.8 0.2 1.2 .481 .837 .441
Lucky Jones 32 28.4 11.8 6.1 1.5 1.3 0.1 1.7 .456 .815 .430
Velton Jones 29 25.5 10.9 1.7 5.2 1.8 0.1 2.4 .363 .762 .340
Russell Johnson 29 26.7 10.7 6.0 2.0 1.8 0.6 2.1 .413 .726 .343
Coron Williams 33 24.6 9.2 2.2 1.2 0.9 0.1 0.8 .430 .758 .423
Mike McFadden 31 25.3 8.4 3.6 0.8 1.1 0.4 1.6 .558 .640 1.000
Anthony Myers-Pate 30 23.3 6.0 2.2 2.7 0.9 0.0 1.5 .394 .808 .258
David Appolon 27 14.3 3.0 1.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 1.0 .333 .655 .235
Stephan Hawkins 33 12.4 2.6 2.4 0.2 0.2 0.7 0.6 .457 .786 .000
*Vaughn Morgan 15 14.4 2.3 2.3 0.2 0.5 1.4 1.1 .385 .267 .000
Keith Armstrong 10 8.9 1.0 1.5 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.1 .308 .500 .000
Shane Sweigart 7 2.9 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.4 .250 .000 .000
Treadwell Lewis 6 2.8 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.5 .000 .500 .000
Totals 33 71 32 14 9 3 13 .430 .744 .380

 *left the team for personal reasons

 

The Wildcats were seeded No. 1 overall in the NIT and will play No. 8 Robert Morris, which finished 23-10 and 14-4 in the Northeast Conference. Their two best opponents bested them by a narrow margin, as they lost by two at Xavier and by five at Arkansas. UK and Robert Morris will meet for just the second time in school history, with the Wildcats having won the only meeting, which was a 92-67 victory over the Colonials on December 30, 1993, at Rupp Arena.

Robert Morris’ campus is less than a mile down the road from Moon Area High School, where John Calipari went to high school, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for the 2012 National Championship head coach.

The Colonials are making their second appearance in school history in the NIT and first since 2008, when RMU dropped an 87-81 decision @ Syracuse

RMU is led by junior guard Karvel Anderson, who averages a team-high 12.7 points per game and leads the Colonials with 78 three-pointers.

Another player to watch is senior guard Velton Jones, the RMU career record holder for free throws (493), free-throw attempts (686) and consecutive games played (121),

The Colonials are a guard-oriented team, with no big men over 6″10″. Willie Cauley Stein and Alex Poythress have to assert themselves early and often and take advantage of the Colonials’ lack of size if the Cats hope to jump out to a significant lead early and silence what will be a rocking crown in a compact gym. Their leading rebounder is 6’6″ Lucky Jones, so there’s not reason the Cats should be giving up a lot of offensive rebounds, something they’ve struggled with all season long.

The ultimate factor that will decide this game is motivation. If the Cats play with the heart and passion they showed against Florida and Missouri, this game should be over by halftime. If they come into this game flat and disinterested, RMU will make this a 40-minute ball game that the Cats sweat-out until the final minutes.Ultimately, I see the Cats getting a 69-57 victory.

 

 

 

Topics: 2013 NIT Tournament, Basketball Articles, Kentucky Wildcats, Robert Morris Colonials

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  • http://profiles.google.com/td8003 Travis Durham

    The Cats are playing scared and I see this one being decided in the final two minutes. 67-63 Cats. I wonder if this team almost wants the season to be over though to end the frustration.

  • You Don’t Know Quack

    I agree completely. This team steals the ball 13.5% of opponents possessions. Ryan Harrow gives the ball up it seems like double that. I’m concerned to say the least.

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