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Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara Purple Eagles.jpg
School Name: Niagara University
Location: Lewiston, New York
Arena: Gallagher Center
Capacity: 2,400
Conference: MAAC
Head coach: Joe Mihalich

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 Purple Eagles are currently coached by Joe Mihalich.

They last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007.

They played in the National Invitation Tournament on 13 occasions, losing the final game against Maryland in 1972.

The team formerly played at the now-defunct Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center.

NCAA Tournament results

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 98–73
L 108–88
2005 First Round Oklahoma L 84–67
2007 Opening Round
First Round
Florida A&M
Kansas
W 77–69
L 107–67

Head coaches

Name Years Seasons Wins Losses Pct
Joe Mihalich 1998-2011 13 231 168 0.579
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

  • Joe Arlauckas
  • Al Butler
  • Larry Costello
  • Boo Ellis
  • Bo Erias
  • Ed Fleming
  • Manny Leaks
  • Calvin Murphy
  • Zeke Sinicola
  • Joe Smyth
  • Andy Walker

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