Through pre-exisiting contracts and various media reports, those of us that follow Robert Morris basketball have known some solid chunks of the team's schedule for the past few weeks.
Thursday, the school made it official, releasing its 2014-15 schedule, a slate of games headlined by matchups against a pair of college basketball's most historically successful programs in North Carolina and Georgetown.
Those games are part of the Battle 4 Atlantis, an early-season tournament that ends with an eight-team bracket playing at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Robert Morris -- much to the chagrin of my unrealistic and overly-optimistic travel plans with this job -- will not be among those teams, as it will be in the mainland portion of the bracket. That places it in a four-team pod with Tennessee-Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Monroe, one that will take place in Chattanooga.
The game against North Carolina will be the team's second of the season, and first road game, and the matchup with Georgetown will be its fourth of the season. Taking a team with seven new players on the road for the first time, to the Dean Dome, against a probable top-10 team could get pretty...interesting.
Just like it was last year with Oklahoma State, the Colonials will finish out the calendar year with a road game against a major-conference opponent, with the matchup this time coming against Clemson on December 30.
The season begins on Nov. 14 (a Friday) with a 7 p.m. home game against Lafayette. Unlike how it was last year, RMU's non-conference schedule has a healthy dose of home games (six in all, compared to four last season). Four of those games will come in a row in early December, the longest such streak the program has had since 1980-81. It will also play each of its nine NEC opponents twice.
As a final note, and I brought this up on Twitter: Robert Morris' schedule includes at least one former NCAA Division I national champion, the eighth-consecutive time this has happened.
Here is a link to the release, which includes a link to a PDF of the full schedule.