Robert Morris officially kicks off its 2013-14 season with a 7 p.m. home tip against Savannah State (0-1). I'm confined to the Post-Gazette office tonight, so follow Nick Veronica for updates throughout. His Twitter handle is @NickVeronica because, unlike Craig Meyer, there weren't already 25 derivations of that name already taken.
Here are some notables heading into the matchup:
Series history: Savannah State leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Savannah State won, 61-52, Nov. 26, 2012.
Projected starting lineup:
G Anthony Myers-Pate
G Karvel Anderson
F Lucky Jones
F Aaron Tate
C Mike McFadden
What Savannah State does well: The Tigers' season began last night with an 88-55 loss at Pitt Friday night. Things have just started here for a team that had to replace four of its five leading scorers from last season, so making assumptions based on how they did last year is pretty shoddy. The same holds true for a lopsided loss to a better-than-average ACC team. Whether the deficit was 33 or 23 points, you don't really learn all that much. Once a few games have been played, I'll get to doing these things more in-depth.
What Savannah State does poorly: Ditto the previous paragraph.
- The Colonials are 15-2 all-time in season openers at home, including a 9-2 mark at the Charles Sewall Center.
- Seven of the 13 players on Robert Morris' roster were not on the team last season.
- Lucky Jones was one of four players in Division I last season who made at least 40 percent of his 3-point attempts, had a rebound every five minutes and got to the free throw line an average of once every five minutes. The others were Creighton's Doug McDermott, Georgetown's Otto Porter and Indiana's Christian Watford.
- Robert Morris has won 35 consecutive games when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, a streak dating back to the 2008-09 season.
- When he was on the court last season, Velton Jones used 28.5 percent of the Colonials' possessions, the 89th highest mark of any player in Division I.
KenPom prediction: Robert Morris 65, Savannah State 56.