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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
2019–20 Niagara Purple Eagles men's basketball team
UniversityNiagara University
All-time record1471–1243–1 (.542)
Head coachPatrick Beilein
ConferenceMAAC
LocationLewiston, New York
ArenaGallagher Center
(Capacity: 2,400)
NicknamePurple Eagles
ColorsPurple 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

HistoryEdit

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.[2] Niagara has been ranked in the AP Final Polls twice, 16th in 1954 and 17th in 1970.[3]

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

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

Year Round Opponent Result
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 resultsEdit

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

Year Round Opponent Result
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

CIT resultsEdit

The Purple Eagles made their first appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in 2018. Their record is 0–1

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 First Round Eastern Michigan L 65–83

SeasonsEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Niagara University Purple Eagles (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1989–Present)
1986–87 Niagara 21-10 14-4 2nd NIT Second round
1987–88 Niagara 15-15 12-6 4th
1988–99 Niagara 9–19 6-12 7th
1989–90 Niagara 6–22 5–11 T–4th
1990–91 Niagara 8–20 6–10 6th
1991–92 Niagara 14–14 8–8 T–5th
1992–93 Niagara 23–7 11–3 2nd NIT First round
1993–94 Niagara 6–21 3–11 T–7th
1994–95 Niagara 5–25 2–12 8th
1995–96 Niagara 13–15 6–8 6th
1996–97 Niagara 11–17 5–9 T–5th
1997–98 Niagara 14–13 10–8 T–3rd
1998–99 Niagara 17–12 13–5 T–1st
1999–00 Niagara 17–12 10–8 T–4th
2000–01 Niagara 15–13 12–6 T–1st
2001–02 Niagara 18–14 10–6 T–3rd
2002–03 Niagara 17–12 12–6 T–3rd
2003–04 Niagara 22–10 13–5 2nd NIT First round
2004–05 Niagara 20–10 13–5 T–1st NCAA First Round
2005–06 Niagara 11–18 7–11 T–7th
2006–07 Niagara 23–12 13–5 2nd NCAA First Round
2007–08 Niagara 19–10 12–6 T–3rd
2008–09 Niagara 26–9 14–4 2nd NIT First round
2009–10 Niagara 18–15 9–9 T–5th
2010–11 Niagara 9–23 5–13 8th
2011–12 Niagara 14–19 8–10 T–6th
2012–13 Niagara 19–14 13–5 1st NIT First round
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
2016–17 Niagara 10–23 6–14 9th
2017–18 Niagara 19–14 12–6 3rd CIT First round
2018–19 Niagara 13–19 6–12 T–9th
Niagara Purple Eagles: 429–486 (.469) 259–261 (.498)
Total: 429–486 (.469)

      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

Niagara wins vs. the AP Top 25Edit

Year Opponent Score Site
1950–51 #17 St.Bonaventure
#7 St.Johns
W 72–57
W 77–75
Home
Away
1953–54 #6 La Salle
#16 La Salle
#14 Dayton
#4 Western Kentucky
W 74–66
W 69–50
W 77-74
W 71-65
Home
Home
Neutral
Neutral
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
1969–70 #6 Tennessee
#7 Pennsylvania
W 69-68
W 79-69
Neutral
Neutral
1970–71 #9 Drake W 87-77 Neutral
1984–85 #4 St.Johns W 62-59 Home

Head coachesEdit

Name Years Seasons Wins Losses Pct
Patrick Beilein[4] 2019-Present 0 0 0 0.000
Chris Casey 2013–2019 6 64 129 0.332
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
William McCarthy 1927–1931 4 44 35 0.557
Peter Dwyer 1923–1927 4 41 30 0.577
John Blake 1919–1923 4 61 14 0.813

Purple Eagles in the NBA or National leaguesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Niagara University Athletic Department Quick Facts". August 2, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "A trip Down Memory Lane-The 1972 NIT Championship Game -Terps 100 Niagara 69". terptalk.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ "Niagara Purple Eagles Index". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  4. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (2019-03-28). "Niagara hires Patrick Beilein as men's basketball coach". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2019-03-28.

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