Sunday, January 27, 2013
Injury to hamper RMU?
By Matt Giles
Robert Morris has been the hottest team in the Northeast Conference during the month of January. After dropping their first two conference games, the Colonials have won six straight, culminating in a defeat of Mount St. Mary's and their Havoc-like defense.
However, there are several caveats surrounding Andy Toole's squad. One is the potential that Lucky Jones will miss extended playing time. The sophomore does not have a high usage rate, but he does convert nearly 50 percent of his two-point field goals. According to Andrew Chiappazzi of Rivals, Jones dove into the stands chasing a loose ball and appeared to suffer a leg injury; Toole did not indicate whether Jones would miss time, but with key games against LIU and St. Francis NY looming, RMU will need a healthy Jones.
There are also some concerns regarding the Colonials' defense. During the six-game winning streak, the squad managed to hold opponents to .98 points per possession, an impressive rate, but it is worth noting that when RMU does not force a turnover -- 23.4 percent TO rate during the half-dozen games -- Robert Morris' effective defensive efficiency rate spikes to 1.31 PPP.