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February 14, 2014

Respect the Past, Represent the Future: University of Kentucky Basketball

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No team in college basketball has more wins (2,130) or higher winning percentage (.762) than the University of Kentucky. Its 52 NCAA Tournament appearances and 111 tournament wins are also tops in college basketball, leading to an impressive eight national titles. That immense pride, tradition and success inspired the Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniform Kentucky will debut on Saturday, Feb. 15 against the University of Florida.

The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance University of Kentucky uniform is inspired by success on the court stemming from the 1920-1921 season. Known as the "Wonder Team," they won the first ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The uniform also includes inspiration from the 1948-49 team up to the present. The jersey features a rounded neckline with bonded taping along with the 1948  "Kentucky" graphics. Top-to-bottom white is inspired by the 1921 team. The side of the short includes eight bars (one for each championship) along with a short side stripe signifying Kentucky's first championship. The school's current UK logo appears at the bottom of the short.

Nike created the uniforms with performance and innovation at the forefront. The jersey has a lightweight sphere fabrication, with flocking detail at the interior of the neck for sweat management. The jersey features a unique articulated armhole system to maximize range of motion for the player. The short has been re-engineered to flex with the player as he makes roughly 1,000 cuts or directional changes during the course of his game. Laser-perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling for the player. The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform.