March 12, 2007

A closer look at Niagara

Niagara would love nothing more than to face No. 1 seed Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, in-order for that to take place, the Purple Eagles must take care of business against Florida A&M in the play-in game, which takes place on Tuesday night. Niagara finished the year with an overall record of 21-13 and 13-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Niagara Purple Eagles.

Much like the Kansas Jayhawks, Niagara ended the season on an impressive 11 game winning streak. The Purple Eagles opened up the season losing six of their first seven games, but rebounded nicely down the stretch.

Five players, Charron Fisher (21), Cliff Brown (16), Lorenzo Miles (12.9), Tyrone Lewis (12.3) and J.R. Duffey (10.5) average double-figures in scoring for Niagara, so this is clearly a balanced and talented team.

Because the Purple Eagles are talented and somewhat deep, they have the ability to hurt their opponents in a variety of ways. Look for Fisher, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound guard/forward to set the tone against Florida A&M on Tuesday night.

Fisher might not be your prototypical guard/forward type player, but he flat-out has the ability to score the basketball. He's connected on just 38 percent of his shots from behind the arc, so he does have the ability to be productive from that outside, but that's certainly not his biggest strength.

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