Add Robert Morris

According to the Beaver County Times

The defending Northeast Conference champions will open their 2009-10 campaign on Nov. 12 at Syracuse in a rematch of a 2008 NIT first round game. They then travel to State College to face defending NIT champion Penn State, coached by Center Township native Ed DeChellis.

This is just another encouraging sign that the guys have finally learned how to put together a competent schedule. Robert Morris has won 50 games the last 2 years under Mike Rice, Jr. (a former #1 assistant of Jamie Dixon’s).  They made the NCAA tournament this season for the first time since 1992. They haven’t had a sub-.500 record in the Northeast Conference in 6 years. If you read this report, coach Rice is practically giddy about what his program can accomplish next season, even with the graduation of NEC POY Jeremy Chappell.

“You’ll just have to wait and see what we accomplish next year,” he said early this week, a few days after the Colonials lost to Michigan State, 77-62, in a first-round NCAA tournament game. “I think we have all the makings of a very, very good team. It probably will fit my style — the way I want to coach and the way I want to attack — better than (either of his first two RMU teams). With the freshmen, there will be some lumps early, but I think we’ll have a deeper, more athletic, more aggressive team than what we had the last two years.”

This leaves just 3 remaining unknown games on next year’s non-con.


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