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Friday, January 26, 2007

RMU game notes highlights/my thoughts/predictions

from: Jim Duzyk (RMU) Game #19 Game Notes

Robert Morris (13-5 / 5-4) @ Monmouth (8-12 / 3-5)
Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 7:00 EST
Boylan Gymnasium (2,500) - West Long Branch, N.J.
Radio: WPIT-AM 73 (Chris Shovlin - play-by-play & Jim Elias - color)
On the internet (live and archived) at: www.sports.yahoo.com

Top Story - The Robert Morris University men’s basketball team opens the second half of its 2006-07 Northeast Conference schedule Saturday night when it travels to West Long Branch, N.J., for a 7:00 p.m. tilt at preseason favorite Monmouth. The Colonials, winners of two straight and three of their last four, own a league record of 5-4, good enough for sixth place in the conference standings. RMU is coming off a 94-75 win @ in-state rival Saint Francis (Pa.) in which the club shot a season-high 61.4 percent (35-for-57) from the field.

Note this MU fans: After its tussle with the Hawks Saturday, Robert Morris closes out the regular season with five of its final eight games at the Charles L. Sewall Center in the month of February, starting with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday, Feb. 1. MU has four home, five away after EMU game.



Quick Stat of the Night - The Colonials seem to have hit their stride offensively entering Saturday’s game against Monmouth, as RMU has averaged 85.7 points per game in its last three games thanks to 82 points against Sacred Heart (1/18/07) and 81 against Mount St. Mary’s (1/20/07) at home and 94 points @ Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/23/07).

My comment - MU has gotta slow this pace down dramatically to have a chance.

Note this : In six seasons under head coach Mark Schmidt, the Colonials have never eclipsed the 80-point plateau in four straight games.In fact, the last time Robert Morris had a streak of at least four games scoring 80 or more points came from Jan. 12 to Jan. 26, 1991, when RMU averaged 92 points in five straight contests, posting a 4-1 record in that stretch.

A little history - Robert Morris swept both games in 2005-06, garnering an 87-75 win @ Boylan Gymnasium (1/5/06) before a 73-65 victory @ the Charles L. Sewall Center (1/26/06). In the win in West Long Branch, N.J., last season, junior guard Tony Lee scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, hitting on six of his 10 shots from the floor and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.

RMU vs. Monmouth
Series Record - Monmouth leads, 29-14
First Meeting - 1/23/86; Monmouth, 71-60
Last Meeting - 1/26/06; RMU, 73-65
Last RMU Win - 1/26/06; RMU, 73-65
Current Streak - RMU, 2

Probable Starters (Robert Morris @ Monmouth)

ROBERT MORRIS (13-5 / 5-4 NEC)
# P Name Pts. Reb. G/GS Hometown Quick Fact
32 F A.J. Jackson (6-6, 230, Sr.) 16.8 7.4 18/18 Monessen, Pa. Has scored 20+ points in each of last four games
4 C Freddie Harris (6-9, 245, Sr.) 4.5 3.0 18/18 Decatur, Ala. Shooting 52.5 percent from the field
21 G Jeremy Chappell (6-3, 200, So.) 12.8 5.3 18/18 Cincinnati, Ohio Career high seven assists @ Saint Francis (Pa.)
13 G Derek Coleman (5-11, 180, Sr.) 12.2 2.3 18/18 Dorchester, Mass. Shooting 87 percent from the free-throw line
42 G Tony Lee (6-0, 205, Jr.) 15.1 6.4 18/18 Boston, Mass. Leads NEC in FG pct. (61.6) and steals (3.00 spg)

MONMOUTH (8-12 / 3-5 NEC)
1 F Dejan Delic (6-6, 215, Sr.) 15.1 3.3 20/20 Belgrade, Serbia Perfect 5-for-5 in three-pointers vs. SFPA
23 F Marques Alston (6-4, 230, Sr.) 10.9 3.6 20/20 Neptune, N.J. Owns 1,012 career points at Monmouth
12 C Corey Hallett (6-10, 230, Sr.) 2.8 3.4 20/20 Shelburne, Nova Scotia Shooting just 36.8 percent from the field
3 G Jhamar Youngblood (6-1, 190, Fr.) 11.3 2.8 20/10 Newark, N.J. Averaging 13.2 points in last five games
5 G Whitney Coleman (6-3, 190, So.) 9.0 3.2 20/20 Salem, Conn. Second on the club with 28 three-pointers


Action Jackson - No player in any sport is immune to slumps, and the same holds true for Robert Morris. After averaging just 8.5 points in a four-game span from Dec. 16, 2006, to Jan. 4, 2007, senior forward A.J. Jackson has gotten his groove back in the scoring department. Jackson enters Saturday’s game having scored in double figures in six straight games, averaging 19.0 points per game over that span. In his last four games, however, Jackson has been even better, eclipsing the 20-point plateau each time in averaging 22.5 points while shooting 54.5 percent (36-for-66) from the field.

RMU is strong where MU has holes, 3-point shooting and rebounding.

I haven't done real well lately in picking these MU games. Hawk fans will hope I'm wrong this time, too: RMU, 73-68.

4 Comments:

Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

This game is HUGE! Thursday night was fun, but this game is what college basketball excitement is all about. Niether team has played up to it's expected potential; however, this was THE GAME of the NEC Schedule and I feel it could be a springboard for either team that wins. I will not make a prediction, however I am excited and relishing the underdog role tonight. Let's Go Hawks!

-Keys to the game:
*Stopping 2 of the Big 4- The Hawks need to keep 2 of Chappel, Jackson, Lee and Coleman in check today to have a chance.
*Dictate the pace. The Hawks cannot win a shootout with this RMU team.
*John Bunch and/or Marques Alston need to establish themself(ves) as a dominant post presence and slow this game down.
*Jackson is a good player, but not a top notch defender. RMU's bigs are not overly talented otherwise. Bunch/Marques/Corey and Phantom? need to outplay A.J. Jackson, Freddie and their other bigs.

1:39 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Been wondering where you have been....

2:22 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Be nice for MU to see Phantom make a contribution.. if he ever gets loose for one of his flying dunks the place will go bonkers.

2:24 PM, January 27, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I had to go into hiding from blogdom for awhile after predicting that 3-1 road trip.

5:22 PM, January 27, 2007  

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