Team preview: Niagara

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 5, 2003, 3:30 PM ET
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After claiming two regular-season titles and rattling off five winning seasons in five years under Joe Mihalich, Niagara has established itself as a perennial contender in the MAAC.

With all five starters returning from a team that pushed Manhattan to the brink (and beyond) in an epic 82-81 double-overtime loss in a conference tournament semifinal game, barring injury or internal strife the Purple Eagles will be in the thick of things again this season.