Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball
The Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball team is the college basketball team that represents 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.
|Niagara Purple Eagles|
|All-time record||1471–1243–1 (.542)|
|Head coach||Greg Paulus (2nd season)|
|Location||Lewiston, New York|
|Arena||Gallagher Center |
|Colors||Purple and White|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|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
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, advancing to the championship game in 1972 before losing to Maryland. Niagara has been ranked in the AP Final Polls twice, 16th in 1954 and 17th in 1970.
NCAA Tournament resultsEdit
The Purple Eagles have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–4.
Regional Third Place Game
North Carolina State
|2005||First Round||Oklahoma||L 67–85|
The Purple Eagles have appeared in 14 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 9–14.
|1950||First Round||Western Kentucky||L 72–79|
3rd Place Game
|1956||Quarterfinals||St. Francis (NY)||L 72–74|
|1958||First Round||Xavier||L 86–95|
|1976||First Round||Kentucky||L 61–67|
|1993||First Round||Boston College||L 83–87|
|2009||First Round||Rhode Island||L 62–68|
|2013||First Round||Maryland||L 72–86|
The Purple Eagles made their first appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in 2018. Their record is 0–1
|2018||First Round||Eastern Michigan||L 65–83|
|Niagara University Purple Eagles (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1989–Present)|
|1986–87||Niagara||21-10||14-4||2nd||NIT Second round|
|1992–93||Niagara||23–7||11–3||2nd||NIT First round|
|2003–04||Niagara||22–10||13–5||2nd||NIT First round|
|2004–05||Niagara||20–10||13–5||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|2006–07||Niagara||23–12||13–5||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2008–09||Niagara||26–9||14–4||2nd||NIT First round|
|2012–13||Niagara||19–14||13–5||1st||NIT First round|
|2017–18||Niagara||19–14||12–6||3rd||CIT First round|
|Niagara Purple Eagles:||429–486 (.469)||259–261 (.498)|
Postseason invitational champion
Niagara wins vs. the AP Top 25Edit
|1953–54||#6 La Salle
#16 La Salle
#4 Western Kentucky
|1954–55||#14 Holy Cross||W 72–68||Away|
|1955–56||#18 La Salle||W 72-70||Away|
|1957–58||#16 Western Kentucky||W 77-74 OT||Neutral|
|1960–61||#2 St. Bonaventure||W 87-77||Away|
|1966–67||#9 Providence||W 77-76||Home|
|1970–71||#9 Drake||W 87-77||Neutral|
|1984–85||#4 St.Johns||W 62-59||Home|
|Edward T. Flynn||1944–1946||2||18||14||0.562|
*-Beilein was hired in March 2019 but resigned in October 2019 without having coached a game; Paulus was named interim head coach in his place.
- Joe Arlauckas
- Al Butler
- T. J. Cline (born 1994), American-Israeli basketball player
- Larry Costello
- Boo Ellis
- Bo Erias
- Ed Fleming
- Manny Leaks
- Juan Mendez
- Calvin Murphy
- Zeke Sinicola
- Joe Smyth
- Chris Watson (born 1975), American-Israeli basketball player in the Israeli Premier League. In the Niagara University Hall of Fame.
- Andy Walker
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- "Niagara Purple Eagles Index". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
- Lenzi, Rachel (2019-03-28). "Niagara hires Patrick Beilein as men's basketball coach". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
- "Greg Paulus Named Interim Head Coach". Niagara University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-10-24.