The Western New York Big Four men's basketball teams will wear Buffalo Braves-themed uniforms for the Big 4 Classic on Nov. 29 at the First Niagara Center.
St. Bonaventure faces Niagara at 2 p.m. in the first game. The University at Buffalo faces Canisius in the second game at 4:15 p.m.
The four schools decided to honor Buffalo's NBA history by wearing Braves-inspired uniforms. It's a great idea, and the uniforms look great.
UB and Canisius will wear the Columbia blue uniforms the Braves wore from the 1973-74 season to their conclusion in the 1977-78 season. Canisius will be dark, UB white. Bona and Niagara will wear the styles the Braves wore from 1971-72 to 1972-73, which featured orange jerseys with black and white slash stripes down the front. Bona will wear orange. Niagara will wear white, with purple and black trim (instead of the orange and black the Braves wore).
The schools eventually will auction off the uniforms for charity.
The even is the first Big Four double-header in 16 years. After former Braves coach Jack Ramsay died earlier this year, officials of the four schools started discussing a way to honor the Braves.
"There was some discussion . . . to say is this an opportunity for us to showcase college basketball, to bring a little bit of honor and tradition to the Buffalo Braves and try to create a little bit of a unique event," said Bill Maher, Canisius athletics director. "The student athletes love uniforms, love changed uniforms. They werent' so excited about the short shorts. We made 'em a little shorter but maybe not as short as they wore in the '70s."
"We haven't talked to the coaches yet but we're really expecting them to wear leisure suits," Maher joked.
Here are how the Canisius and Bona uniforms will look: