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Niagara Purple Eagles To Take on Auburn in Football?

Friday, October 2, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 10:28 PM, under ,

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The Niagara University Basketball press release said it plain as day: "The Purple Eagles...will open the 2009-10 campaign...against Southeastern Conference (SEC) powerhouse Auburn...on Nov. 13."


If you are college basketball fan, you probably see the humor in that statement.



Wait, you don't see it? You don't see the hype that goes beyond laughable to anyone who understands college basketball outside of the Niagara Frontier and Western New York Region?

"against Southeastern Conference (SEC) powerhouse Auburn."

One esteemed and well known college basketball pundit had the best response when he saw this line tonight: Niagara is playing football now?

Niagara used to have a club football program that fell apart when a chlorine gas leak from the DuPont Corporation flowed over and into the stadium during a 1983 game. That was a long time ago.

What was written in this release is another example of a seemingly pompous attitude that has taken over the Niagara basketball program in the past 3-4 years, the same attitude that declared their victory over Big East weakling South Florida last year "an upset." Somehow, the school has got it into their heads that just because a school plays in a major (read BCS) conference, that school is by default a "powerhouse" and a victory over over that school an "upset."

(Disclaimer: I graduated from Niagara in 1984)

So perhaps it is time to set the record straight. The SEC is a college football powerhouse that is very deep in talent. This is not the case in basketball (please no flames).

But Auburn a SEC Basketball Powerhouse? Let's look at where Auburn has ranked in the SEC since the 1989-1990 season.



Conference Wins


Conference Losses
Kentucky

252

Auburn


209
Florida

195

Ole Miss

204
Alabama

177

Georgia

189
Mississippi State

176

Vanderbilt

177
Tennessee

168

LSU

175
LSU

167

Tennessee

174
Vanderbilt

165

South Carolina

172
Georgia

153

Mississippi State

166
Arkansas

151

Alabama

158
Ole Miss

138

Florida

147
Auburn


133

Arkansas

137
South Carolina

116

Kentucky

90








Overall Wins


Overall Losses
Kentucky

535

Auburn


298
Florida

442

Ole Miss

297
Mississippi State

401

Georgia

294
Alabama

400

Tennessee

280
Vanderbilt

393

LSU

272
LSU

375

Vanderbilt

271
Arkansas

368

South Carolina

266
Tennessee

368

Alabama

264
Georgia

348

Mississippi State

255
Auburn


340

Florida

240
Ole Miss

336

Arkansas

214
South Carolina

292

Kentucky

179








Conference Winning Percentage


Overall Winning Percentage
Kentucky

0.737


Kentucky

0.749

Florida

0.57


Florida

0.648

Alabama

0.528


Arkansas

0.632

Arkansas

0.524


Mississippi State
0.611

Mississippi State

0.515


Alabama

0.602

Tennessee

0.491


Vanderbilt

0.592

LSU

0.488


LSU

0.58

Vanderbilt

0.482


Tennessee
0.568

Georgia

0.447


Georgia

0.542

Ole Miss

0.404



Auburn


0.533

South Carolina

0.403


Ole Miss

0.531

Auburn


0.389


South Carolina
0.523











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