Niagara will appear different this year, but leading scorer Antoine Mason is back to usher in Chris Casey era and enter his junior season as a MAAC Player of the Year contender for Purple Eagles. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)
Niagara University welcomed a new era three months ago this week, when C.W. Post head coach Chris Casey was introduced as the replacement for longtime program leader Joe Mihalich, who left Monteagle Ridge for Hofstra. While Mihalich took star point guard Juan'ya Green and swingman Ameen Tanksley with him to Hempstead, Casey still has several key pieces to help guide him through his first season in western New York, which starts with the nonconference schedule that the Purple Eagles released earlier today.
As part of their participation in the preliminary rounds of the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Niagara will open its season on November 9th at the Prudential Center against Seton Hall, with local rival Buffalo and first-year head coach Bobby Hurley serving as the Purple Eagles' opponent for their home opener, to be contested on November 13th at the Gallagher Center. Niagara will then travel to Kent State University for a subregional series in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, taking on the Golden Flashes; along with South Carolina Upstate and Western Carolina, for three consecutive days from November 21st-23rd.
Niagara's final game before Thanksgiving takes place on November 26th, when they travel to the Palestra to take on Penn, with a trip to reigning Southland Conference champion Northwestern State awaiting four days later. After opening the month of December on the 3rd at Arkansas State, the Purple Eagles will welcome Davidson into the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on December 11th before their final pair of nonconference opponents invade the Gallagher Center, those being St. Bonaventure on December 21st and Brown on December 29th.
Please continue to follow A Daly Dose Of Hoops for nonconference schedule releases and breakdowns, complete with insights from several head coaches, throughout the remainder of the offseason.