Robert Morris

Location: Moon, PA

Conference: Northeast

Mascot: Colonials

Coach: Andy Toole

Record: 19-14 (12-6 NEC)

Kenpom ranking: 173

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): vs. St. Francis NY x2 (152)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): LIU-Brooklyn x2 (284) Youngstown State (281) Bryant (238)

Tournament appearances: 8 (most recent 2015)

Best result: No tournament wins

NBA alumni: None

Best name: Lucky Jones

Famous alumni: Steelers GM Kevin Colbert

The Colonials have either won the NEC's regular season title or made its championship game every year since 2008, but hadn't gone dancing since 2010. Things began really rough for Bobby Mo -- the team started the year 5-9, including a home loss vs. Kenpom 278th-ranked Youngstown State. But they rebounded and ended the year on a six-game winning streak.

Style of play: Colonizing the lane

The Colonials play an aggressive zone defense bred to get turnovers. RMU steals the ball on 12.7 percent of opposing possessions, 10th-best in the nation, and they look to get out on the break. The problem is with a gambling defense intent on forcing miscues, they barely pay any attention to their own glass -- opponents grab 35.8 percent of their misses, 16th most.

Key player: Reed all about it

Andy Toole must've gone wild looking at Marcquise Reed in high school and seeing the exact player he was looking for. The NEC Rookie of the Year hasn't just filled in as a scorer -- he has, scoring 14.8 points per game and hitting 43 percent of his threes -- the 6'3 guard is also a menacing ballhawk, stealing the ball on 4.1 percent of opposing possessions, 26th-best in the nation.


Not many teams in the NCAA Tournament field can claim to have beaten Kentucky in recent years, but the Colonials can: In an odd scheduling fluke, the Colonials played host to Kentucky in the 2013 NIT just a year after the Wildcats had hoisted the title. Perhaps flustered by the rarity of having to play a road game in a pint-sized gym, Kentucky lost, 59-57. So bring on Kentucky!