One of the best things about conference play starting on this side of hoops nation is that it allows teams to check the guarantee games and losses and start a new season. A season where the odds are more even and a bid to the NCAA Tournament still in view as long as conference season goes well.
This weeks Mid-Major Baller of the Week helped do just that for Robert Morris to a great start in college hoops second season. Senior guard Karvel Anderson dropped a career-high 36 on Sacred Heart to open up NEC play on Thursday and then followed it up with another 32 points against Bryant.
Making things even more impressive both performances came on the road, giving Bob Morris an early jump to the top of the standings. For that Mr. Anderson is the 9th MMBOW for the TMMX season. As with most MMBOW's it is about more than just points. Anderson needed just 19 shots to get to 36 points against Sacred Heart thanks to 6 of 7 shooting from superhoop land and added in five boards and three steals with a single turnover. The shooting touch stayed hot against Bryant with 32 points on 12 of 23 from the floor with four rebounds and four assists and nary a turnover.
RMU won the regular season NEC title last year, but nearly equaled last years amount of losses (11) with a rough performance in non-conference play this year (10). With an early road sweep the Colonials are right back on track to contend for another league title this year. Five of the next six are at the Sewall Center, which sets up RMU with a good chance to go on a nice tear in the first month of the year.
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