After finishing first in the Northeast Conference and failing to make the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season, Robert Morris will play at St. John’s in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Colonials (21-12) are in the NIT for the second time in as many years. Last season, they defeated then-defending national champion Kentucky, 59-57, at home before falling to Providence, 77-68, in the second round.
The Red Storm (20-12) also advanced to the second round of the NIT last year. It had a three-win improvement this season, giving the program just its second season with 20 or more wins in the past 11 years, both of which have happened under current coach Steve Lavin.
St. John’s features a formidable scoring duo in guard D’Angelo Harrison (17.7 points per game) and forward Jakarr Sampson (12.9).
The meeting between the schools is the first. Since the start of the 2001-02 season, Robert Morris has played 17 teams that were members of the Big East at the time, losing to all 17.
West Virginia (17-15) was slotted as a No. 5 seed and will also go on the road at 7 p.m. Tuesday to take on former Big East rival and fourth-seeded Georgetown (17-14).