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St. John's non-conference opponent scouting: Niagara Purple Eagles

A preseason look at St. John's opponent Niagara before the season starts.

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Opponent
Date
Tuesday, December 2
KenPom Ranking
264
KenPom Predicted Win %
94.0%
Location
Home
Venue
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
Time
7:00 p.m.
2013-14 Record
7-26
Key Players
Ramone Snowden (6'5" F, So.); Wesley Myers (6'2" G, So.); Rayvon Harris (6'5" F, Jr.)
Key Newcomers
Karonn Davis (6'2" G); Emile Blackman (6'4" G, So.); Dominique Reid (6'8" F); James Suber (6'6", F)
Key Losses
Antoine Mason (6'3" G); Marcus Ware (6'8" F); Marvin Jordan (5'11" G)

LogosNiagara returns essentially a new team after Antoine Mason departed to show off his scoring talent at Auburn as a graduate transfer.

If the team struggled that much with one of the nation's top scorers - losing seven in a row early in the season and then ten in a row to end the regular season - what will former St. John's assistant and now Niagara head coach Chris Casey do with all new players?

Casey does bring one of his players from C.W. Post with him, Emile Blackman. Last year’s Purple Eagles were extremely short - one of the shortest teams in the NCAA - and badly lacked size, which shows in their defensive numbers.

The Eagles did force turnovers, but they have little height available - the redshirted-freshman Dominique Reid (6’8"), DayJar Dickinson from the high school ranks (6’9") and James Suber (6’6") are their tallest players.