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UPenn grad Andrew Toole is another in the long line of mid major coaches who struggles to build a team due to the constant poaching of talented players. This time it was Nebraska of all teams, that stole all conference guard Dachon Burke. Burke was at least the 5th talented player to be stolen from this roster.

Still, Andrew Toole once again brought in a terrific recruiting class last year. He allowed his freshman recruits to play.  Toole is an excellent coach. The freshman are now sophomores. Even with Burkes transfer, they figured to be much improved this season.

Early results did not show that to be true. They began on the road, losing by double digits to both USC and Missouri State. They returned home and struggled to beat a bad Mississippi Valley State squad. They then had to overcome nine turnovers by point guard Jon Williams to win at Stetson, before being buried at Purdue.

They came back home and played their best game of the year in their last outting.  The Colonials used a big second half run to bury Youngstown State 76-56. What was most impressive was that Robert Morris committed only seven turnovers.

Last year Jon Williams had a rough go of it as a freshman point guard. Toole is now using Matty McConnell (who had a double double against DU last season) to help run the team. Frosh Dante Treacy has done well in his brief stint at the point behind them. Williams had one assist and nine turnovers in that brutal game against Stetson. He had four assists and only two turnovers versus a Youngstown team that generates many. Evolution.

With the point guard situation shored up and confidence gained from a big win, Robert Morris could be on the verge of a big improvement. Last year it was the now departed Burke that helped Robert Morris run out to a big lead in what became an easy win over Drexel. Burke may be gone, but Robert Morris is now even better. That is bad news for a banged up Drexel team. Sure they are home for the rematch, but with Lee out and now Walton seemingly hurt in the last contest (wrist), Drexel’s depth and talent are lacking. 

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