2010 NEC title game rematch! Tonight’s NEC TV game pits Robert Morris against Quinnipiac, live on MSG/FSN-Pittsburgh at 7:00 pm.

Rematch! Tonight’s NEC TV game pits Robert Morris against Quinnipiac, live on MSG/FSN-Pittsburgh at 7:00 pm. 

The last times these two teams clashed, it was in the 2010 NEC men’s basketball title game at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, CT.  In front of an NEC record crowd, the Colonials won the back-and-forth affair, 52-50, to claim their second straight NEC championship.

For those that may not remember, here was the scene on ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4984137

Things have changed, however, in 2010-11 for both programs.

Quinnipiac lost three starters from last season, and has been without the services of 2009-10 NEC Player of the Year Justin Rutty, one of the nation’s leading rebounders.  Rutty has sat out the last three weeks with an elbow injury, with the Bobcats posting a 3-4 record in his absence following a 9-3 start.  The preseason favorites are 4-4 in NEC play.

Robert Morris had a change in command in the offseason, with Mike Rice departing for Rutgers and associate head coach Andrew Toole taking the reigns.  Toole, the nation’s youngest head coach, was also faced with turneover, as two stalwarts of his frontcourt – Rob Robinson and RMU folk hero Dallas Green – were lost to graduation.  The Colonials tackled one of the nation’s toughest non-conference slates and enter tonight’s matchup with a 5-3 NEC record.  Karon Abraham, the 2009-10 NEC Rookie of the Year, and one of the nation’s premier long distance bombers, is the top scoring option for the Colonials.

Keep your eyes on the backcourt matchups tonight.  Quinnipiac’s James Johnson and RMU’s Abraham are two of the NEC’s best, and are joined in the starting lineup by Deontay Twyman (QU) and Velton Jones (RMU), both talented in their own right.  Freshman Anthony Myers has already worked his way into the RMU starting lineup and can run the point in Toole’s three-guard attack.  Likewise, QU freshman guard Dominque Langston has been a clutch performer for the Bobcats, and is already one of the league’s top rebounding guards.

Fast Fact: The road team won each of the two meetings between the programs last season.

Should be a good matchup between two programs jockeying for playoff position as the season hits the halfway point.

Tonight’s Holding Court halftime interview with Tim Capstraw features QU’s Twyman, who will talk about his journey to Quinnipiac and his time back in high school as one of the DC area’s most talented football players.

Tune in!

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