Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball

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Niagara Purple Eagles
2015–16 Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball team
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University Niagara University
Conference MAAC
Location Lewiston, NY
Head coach Chris Casey (3rd year)
Arena Gallagher Center
(Capacity: 2,400)
Nickname Purple Eagles
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1970
NCAA Tournament appearances
1970, 2005, 2007
Conference tournament champions
MAAC: 2005, 2007
Conference regular season champions
WNY3: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955
MAAC: 1999, 2005, 2013
For information on all Niagara University sports, see Niagara Purple Eagles

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball team is the college basketball team that represent Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The team formerly played at the now-defunct Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center from 1973 to 1982 and from 1988 to 1996.

History[edit]

Niagara has played in the NCAA Tournament three times. They last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. They played in the National Invitation Tournament on 14 occasions, losing the final game against Maryland in 1972. Niagara has been ranked in the AP Final Polls twice, 16th in 1954 and 17th in 1970.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Purple Eagles have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1970 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Pennsylvania
Villanova
North Carolina State
W 79–69
L 73–98
L 88–108
2005 First Round Oklahoma L 67–85
2007 Opening Round
First Round
Florida A&M
Kansas
W 77–69
L 67–107

NIT results[edit]

The Purple Eagles have appeared in 14 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 9–14.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1950 First Round Western Kentucky L 72–79
1953 First Round
Quarterfinals
BYU
Seton Hall
W 82–76
L 74–79
1954 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Dayton
Duquesne
Western Kentucky
W 77–74
L 51–66
W 71–65
1955 First Round
Quarterfinals
Lafayette
Cincinnati
W 83–70
L 83–85
1956 Quarterfinals St. Francis (NY) L 72–74
1958 First Round Xavier L 86–95
1961 Quarterfinals Providence L 68–71
1972 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
UTEP
Princeton
St. John's
Maryland
W 76–57
W 65–60
W 69–67
L 69–100
1976 First Round Kentucky L 61–67
1987 First Round
Second Round
Seton Hall
La Salle
W 74–65
L 81–89
1993 First Round Boston College L 83–87
2004 Opening Round
First Round
Troy
Nebraska
W 87–83
L 70–78
2009 First Round Rhode Island L 62–68
2013 First Round Maryland L 72–86

Seasons[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Niagara University Purple Eagles (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1998–Present)
1998–99 Niagara 17–12 13–5 1st
1999–00 Niagara 17–12 10–8 4th
2000–01 Niagara 15–13 12–6 2nd
2001–02 Niagara 18–14 10–6 4th
2002–03 Niagara 17–12 12–6 4th
2003–04 Niagara 22–10 13–5 2nd NIT tournament
2004–05 Niagara 20–10 13–5 1st NCAA tournament
2005–06 Niagara 11–18 7–11 7th
2006–07 Niagara 23–12 13–5 2nd NCAA tournament
2007–08 Niagara 19–10 12–6 3rd
2008–09 Niagara 26–9 14–4 2nd NIT tournament
2009–10 Niagara 18–15 9–9 6th
2010–11 Niagara 9–23 5–13 8th
2011–12 Niagara 14–19 8–10 7th
2012–13 Niagara 19–14 13–5 1st NIT tournament
2013–14 Niagara 7–26 3–17 11th
2014–15 Niagara 8–22 7–13 T–8th
2015–16 Niagara 7–25 5–15 10th
Niagara Purple Eagles: 286–286 (.500) 178–149 (.544)
Total: 286–286 (.500)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Wins vs Ranked Opponents[edit]

1950–51: vs No.17 St.Bonaventure 72–57| at No.7 St.Johns 77–75

1953–54: vs No.6 La Salle 74–66| vs No.16 La Salle 69–50| N No.14 Dayton 77–74| N No.4 Western Kentuckey 71–65

1954–55: at No.14 Holy Cross 72–68

1955–56: at No.18 La Salle 72–70

1957–58: N No.16 Western Kentucky 78–61

1960–61: at No.2 St.Bonaventure 87–77

1966–67: vs No.9 Providence 77–76

1969–70: N No.6 Tennessee 69–68| N No.7 Pennsylvania 79–69

1970–71: N No.9 Drake 87–77

1984–85: vs No.4 St.Johns 62–59

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Seasons Wins Losses Pct
Chris Casey 2013–
Joe Mihalich 1998–2013 15 265 203 0.566
Jack Armstrong 1989–1998 9 100 154 0.394
Andy Walker 1985–1989 4 59 58 0.504
Pete Lonergan 1980–1985 5 67 73 0.479
Dan Raskin 1976–1980 4 44 61 0.419
Frank Layden 1968–1976 8 119 97 0.551
James Maloney 1965–1968 3 35 38 0.479
Taps Gallagher 1946–1965 19 300 172 0.636
Edward T. Flynn 1944–1946 2 18 14 0.562
Taps Gallagher 1931–1943 12 165 89 0.650

Purple Eagles in the NBA[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Niagara University Athletic Department Quick Facts". 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2016-04-15.