This is a little shoutout to the Niagara Purple Eagles, the 2007 Daddy of the MAAC. Not only is Niagara the alma mater of Professor Hubie, but also the alma mater of our old man. The old man was on campus at the same time as Calvin Murphy, when the Purple Eagles were considered a national power. He stills like to regale us with tales of playing pickup with Murph, and still likes to point out the fact that if there was a 3pt. line in the good ole days, Murph would have averaged 50+ per game.
This is the second MAAC title for the Purple Eagles in 3 years after missing out on the NCAAs for 35 years between 1970-2005 (Murph's last year was '70). This year's Purple Eagles are well-balanced bunch who spread out the scoring duties (5 guys average double figures), and pound the glass well (exceptional on the offensive glass). Senior Clif Brown is probably their best all-around player who cleans the glass while 5-11 Tyrone Lewis brings a great spark off the bench with his great athleticism. Junior Charron Fisher is their version of Chuck Barkley, a bruising undersized PF with a knack for getting to the basket.
But they're from the MAAC which is pretty low-level D1, so they are headed for 15 or 16 seed and likely a shellacking in the 1st round. Although, if they play a weak rebounding high seed, they might have a slim chance at an upset. But as I told the old man, he better enjoy this victory now because the next game will be a date with a team like Georgetown or UNC.