Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com writes:
Robert Morris University, whose best postseason appearance before Tuesday night was an almost-win against Kansas in 1990, beat the University of Kentucky, whose latest best postseason appearance came 350 days ago, when the Wildcats won their eighth national championship. The program with more losses than wins in its history beat the program with more wins than anyone in college basketball history.
So this is what happens when you don’t do research:
You miss things like RMU’s win in the opening round (okay, the #12 seed play-in game) of the 1983 NCAA Tournament against Georgia Southern, which they followed with a two-point loss against Purdue, 55-53, in the first round.
Or you miss the game in the 2010 NCAA Tournament—the one where they took #2 seed Villanova to overtime in Providence, and lost 73-70, again in the first round. A game in which Pete Thamel of the New York Times describes thusly:
No. 15-seeded Robert Morris led No. 2 Villanova for virtually all of regulation, outhustled the Wildcats to the point of embarrassment and used an aggressive switching defense to render them impotent on offense. But the Colonials could not hold an 8-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation and succumbed in overtime, 73-70.
I mean, really. A simple search would have borne these facts out. I mean, coming close against Kansas is nice, but discounting close losses against Purdue 30 years ago, or Villanova three years ago because you can’t make a salient point about Robert Morris’ win without tying it to a bigger name college program, is simply doing lazy work.
They may well have had their best postseason performance on Tuesday night. But their next best came well before 1990.