Robert Morris men face challenging basketball schedule in 2014-15

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Robert Morris announced its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule Thursday, headlined by road games against two of the sport’s most successful programs in North Carolina and Georgetown.

The Colonials, coming off second-round appearances in the National Invitation Tournament in consecutive seasons, will face the Tar Heels Nov. 16 in what will be their first road game of the season before traveling to Washington to play the Hoyas six days later.

Those games are part of the Battle 4 Atlantis, an early season tournament that finishes with a group of eight teams playing at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Robert Morris is part of the mainland portion of the tournament, which also places them in a four-team pod with Coastal Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe and host Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The non-conference portion of the schedule concludes with a game Dec. 30 at Clemson, the third of the team’s three matchups against major-conference opponents. The season begins Nov. 14 with a home game against Lafayette, the first of six non-conference home games (compared to just four in 2013-14).

That slate includes their annual game against Duquesne, which will be Dec. 13 at Sewall Center. The Colonials have won the past four meetings between the schools.

Coming off consecutive Northeast Conference regular-season championships, they begin league play Jan. 3 against Mount St. Mary’s, which defeated them last season in the NEC tournament championship.

With the games against North Carolina and Georgetown, Robert Morris has had a past NCAA Division I national champion on its schedule for eight consecutive seasons.

Craig Meyer: and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG.

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