Robert Morris vs. Providence: Full Game Preview
|Robert Morris||K Anderson 12.3||L Jones 6.0||V Jones 5.2|
|Providence||B Cotton 19.6||L Henton 8.4||V Council 6.9|
No. 8-seeded Robert Morris meets No. 4-seeded Providence in the second round of the NIT at Dunkin' Donuts Center on Monday. It starts at 7 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN News. The Colonials have not played the Friars since the 1992-93 season, when they fell 78-49.
The 14 points and five rebounds by Russell Johnson helped the Colonials to a 59-57 victory over Kentucky on Mar. 19. In addition to a team-leading 1.9 steals per game, he chips in 10.8 points per game. For the Friars, Kris Dunn finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the 75-66 win over Charlotte on Mar. 20. He contributes 4.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.7 points per game.
- The NEC has 2 teams - Long Island (79.5) and Bryant (74.1) - that score more per game than the Big East leader, Louisville (73.5).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Robert Morris currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 925) than Providence, per the NCAA.
- The Robert Morris steals leader (Russell Johnson, 53 steals) has more steals than the Providence steals leader (LaDontae Henton, 33 steals).
- Robert Morris has a better record in close games than Providence this season (7-3 vs. 7-7).
- Robert Morris has a better conference record than Providence this season (14-4 vs. 9-9).
- Robert Morris has a better record on the road than Providence this season (10-6 vs. 4-7).
- Robert Morris has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (66.7 percent to 49.1 percent).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, and assists are in the NEC.
- Robert Morris has a better record at home than Providence this season (12-2 vs. 12-4).
- Robert Morris is a better three-point shooting team (38.0 percent vs. 31.4 percent) than Providence this season.