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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Teams trot out unique uniforms for March tourneys

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— Camouflage-patterned shorts. Neon-trimmed tops. Those special uniforms Cincinnati trotted out at the Big East tournament were pretty eye-catching, to say the least.

“The most important thing is the recruits think they look great,” Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said with a smile.

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Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick reacts after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence at the Big East Conference tournament, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in New York.

Six college basketball teams are sporting the new Adidas digs during March Madness, and Cincinnati became the first men’s squad to break them out Wednesday in a 61-44 victory over Providence at Madison Square Garden.

“We love them,” said junior guard Sean Kilpatrick, who scored 17 points.

When two of his players were asked by a reporter if the garish uniforms felt better than they looked, Cronin stepped in with a snappy response.

“You notice, if you guys were going to go out tonight, they wouldn’t dress like you, either,” the coach said, drawing laughs. “They think they look good.”

Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and UCLA also planned to wear the specially designed outfits, which feature bright colors and unusual print.

Baylor, Louisville and UCLA even agreed to have short sleeves on their jerseys — an idea Cronin turned down for his team. Adidas debuted a short-sleeve basketball shirt with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in February.

Alternate uniforms have become big business in college sports, from Oregon’s fluorescent tones with Nike to Maryland’s loud designs with Under Armour.

Adidas unveiled special lightweight basketball uniforms for Cincinnati, Louisville and Baylor at tournament time last season, and players quickly took a liking to them.

Donning their unique digs, Louisville beat Cincinnati in the Big East championship game and then advanced to the Final Four. The Bearcats reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Male athletes, however, aren’t the only ones setting fashion trends in college sports. Women’s teams are also involved.

The Notre Dame women’s basketball team wasn’t thrilled with the new uniforms it debuted at the Big East tournament Sunday.

The new get-ups featured a camouflage print on the shorts and bright lime green lettering on the top. The Irish wore the new jerseys during a quarterfinal win over South Florida, but went back to their regular uniforms for the semifinals and championship game.

“I wasn’t (a fan),” guard Kayla McBride said, shaking her head in disapproval.

Irish coach Muffet McGraw, who acknowledged she liked the lime green color, said after the victory that the team would vote on whether it would wear the special uniforms again. Clearly, her players didn’t like them.

“No comment,” star guard Skylar Diggins said.

Notre Dame spokesman Chris Masters said the team was contractually obligated to wear the uniforms for one game and then could decide on a game-by-game basis whether to go with them again.

The Louisville women’s team sported the special uniforms in both Big East tournament games it played and plans to wear them in the NCAA tournament.

“The red and white looked great. Ours looked really good and the uniforms were really light. The kids liked them a lot,” coach Jeff Walz said.

Comments

KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

Nike has good designs for the most part. The Oregon thing is unique in that they are the flagship school. They push the envelope. But Michigan State’s Nike duds this year where cool.

Even Under Armor utilizes something about the school in their design. These adidas threads look like they were pulled out of two separate trailer park hampers.

Does anybody remember the Carolina Mich St. game played on the aircraft carrier? Those camo unis were sick! You can be outlandish as long as the design itself is solid, and there is a theme at work. adidas’ unis have neither.

If the whole progression of turning a basketball court into a fashion runway is inevitable, I would definitely rather hook up with Nike, because adidas is lost. They are Ralph Malph, to Nike’s Fonz. I’m waiting for an adidas designer to jump on the floor and declare “I still got it”.

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Glenn Moore Jr 1 year, 1 month ago

i am in need of a web site where i can listen to the game on the radio for free in information would be appreciated thanks in advance

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Robert Brock 1 year, 1 month ago

End it with adidas. Go elsewhere for uniforms and equipment.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 1 month ago

We shouldn't give a dam about what our unies look like. Lets just go focus on what's important...and that's playing to the best of our abilities. Lets go Hawks !

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 1 month ago

Try something. Next time your wife ask "how do I look?" say "unique" and see what happens.

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BringBackNike 1 year, 1 month ago

I keep hearing everyone say that the White versions "aren't that bad". Well here is a picture of Notre Dame in their white Zubaz unis and they look just as awful. Adidas has been a joke from Day 1. The contact ends this summer, July 2013 I believe.

White Notre Dame Zubaz Unis

White Notre Dame Zubaz Unis by BringBackNike

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 1 month ago

KSU was a trendsetter in fuggly uniforms. Do your remember these beauties from the 80's? The retro version was equally as bad...lavender is so girly...

Originals

Originals by JayHawkFanToo

Retros

Retros by JayHawkFanToo

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jhox 1 year, 1 month ago

At least we're wearing the white ones, and not the blue ones. The white ones are ugly enough. Maybe they can use the blue ones as official team pajamas, so nobody will have to see them in public?

Phog and Dr. Naismith are probably rolling over in their graves. I see UCLA is wearing them too. Can you imagine what John Wooden would have thought of that?

Kitty State or Missery could get away wearing these type uniforms, but we're Kansas. We have a history to uphold.

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