2015 NCAA Tournament Preview: Robert Morris Colonials

The Robert Morris Colonials made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 after upsetting St. Francis Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference title game.


Record – 19-14 (12-6 in NEC)

RPI – 175

Strength of Schedule – 255

Starting Lineup:

G Kavon Stewart (So.) – 6.3 ppg, 4.5 apg

G Marcquise Reed (Fr.) – 14.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

G Rodney Pryor (Jr.) – 15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg

F Aaron Tate (Jr.) – 4.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg

F Elijah Minnie (Fr.) – 6.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Key Player:

Rodney Pryor

Pryor does everything for Robert Morris on the offensive end, leading the team in points while shooting efficiently from the field (47.9 percent). He prefers to attack the basket, but he uses his three-point shot as a real weapon (over two made three's per game), which makes him really tough to defend.

Biggest Strength:

Creating Turnovers

The Colonial's small lineup allows them to play aggressively on defense and really pressure their opponents, which creates a lot of turnovers and easy baskets. They rank 13th in the country in steals (8.5 per game), and they'll need to force a lot of turnovers if they want to pull off an upset in the first round.

Biggest Weakness:


Robert Morris' two starting big men, Tate (6'5", 220 lbs.) and Minnie (6'8", 215 lbs.), don't have the size or strength to really challenge a team in the post on either end of the floor. Their athleticism is conducive to their perimeter-oriented style of play, but they get dominated against bigger teams.


Robert Morris already pulled their Cinderella run by making the NCAA Tournament. They'll lose in the first round to a much higher seed.

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