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Best year ever for Big 4 men's hoops?

In recent days, there's been talk among local media about this being perhaps the best season in men's Big 4 college basketball history. Well, it's certainly trending that way.

The four teams (Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure) are all currently over .500 on the season. In fact, they're all at least three games to the good. UB is 13-5 and 5-0 in the MAC for the first time in history after Tuesday night's home rout of Northern Illinois. St. Bonaventure is 12-5. Canisius is 11-8, tied for first in the MAAC at 5-1. Niagara, which was a combined 64 games under .500 the last four years under Chris Casey, is 11-8 and 4-2, a game back in the league.

The four local schools haven't all finished a season over .500 since UB went back to Division I in the 1991-92 season. In fact, there have been only six years during that time when three of the four finished with a winning record. Only once (in 2008-09) did the four finish a combined 6-plus games over .500. Yes, it's been a grim run, with each school suffering through a losing streak of four years or more.

The teams are currently a combined 21 games over .500. Even if they combine to go only .500 the rest of the way, the Big 4 will have its best-ever aggregate men's year relative to .500. I'm getting ahead of myself here, but maybe Western New York can get two teams in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the modern era.

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