Eight NCAA Basketball Teams Ready for Rivalries with New Nike Uniforms
February 20, 2015
At this point in the college basketball season, every game is of utmost importance. Every match-up counts heading into March, but the stakes are even higher for rivalry games at home .The energy and excitement around college hoops is mounting in locker rooms, in the stands and across campuses at universities around the U.S.
Nike Basketball celebrates notable college basketball rivalries with eight Hyper Elite uniforms for select men’s and women’s basketball teams that fuse progressive, premium materials with school heritage. Men’s teams include the University of Kentucky, Duke University, Syracuse University, University of Florida, University of Arizona and University of Oregon. The women’s teams include the University of Connecticut and Baylor University.
The 2015 uniform builds on a legacy of Nike Basketball performance innovation. Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or "cuts" that a player might make in the course of a game.
Nike Hyper Elite Jersey
A flocked lining at the inside of the neck allows the athlete to comfortably wipe excess moisture from the face. Ultra-lightweight stretch mesh in the back of the jersey serves to regulate the temperature of the player along the spine, where athletes tend to heat up the most. Redeveloped lightweight sphere fabric in the front of the jersey helps maintain a comfortable body temperature by wicking moisture while eliminating cling from excess sweat.
Nike Hyper Elite Shorts
A perforated, vented waistband in the Nike Hyper Elite shorts provides a level of cooling, while maintaining the comfort and security that athletes require. A new performance flex vent placed by the knee allows the game short to naturally flex when the player moves. The addition of a flocked "wipe zone" at either hip allows a comfortable spot to dry hands as sweat builds up. The continuation of performance perforated zones at the side of the short allows the moisture management properties of the Nike Pro Combat Hypercool shorts or Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong shorts worn underneath to work together as a complete system.
Hyper Elite Collection
Each school’s collection will feature the Nike Hyper Elite jersey and short, Nike Elite sock, Nike Shooting Shirt and the Nike Hyper Elite Vest. The vests sleeveless design allows for full range of motion while providing reduced weight for pre-game warm-ups. The women's Hyper Elite uniform features a slimmer silhouette in both the jersey and short. More women's specific basketball products will make their debut starting in August. Additionally, the 26-degree speed graphic on the short depicts an evolved take on an iconic symbol or representation of each team:
The Arizona Wildcats feature an evolved multi-bar graphic from their current game short.
The Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears Women's feature an evolved paw print creating a bear scratch.
The Connecticut Huskies
The Connecticut Huskies Women's feature an evolved iteration of their current uniform and side panel
The Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils feature an evolved diamond from their current game short.
The Florida Gators
The Florida Gators feature an evolved Gator print.
The Kentucky Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats feature an evolved checkerboard.
The Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks feature an evolved Duck Wing.
The Syracuse Orange
The Syracuse Orange feature evolved blocks from their current game short.
The NCAA uniforms demonstrate Nike’s commitment to sustainable innovation: creating product engineered for superior athletic performance while reducing environmental impact. The shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester while the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — using an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than two billion bottles from landfills and into high-performance products.
The uniforms will make their debut on-court on the following dates: Kentucky (vs. Auburn) on Feb 21; Arizona (vs. UCLA) on Feb 21; Baylor (vs. TCU) on Feb 21; Oregon (vs. Utah) on Feb 22; Duke (vs. Syracuse) on Feb 28; Florida (vs. Tennessee) Feb 28; and Syracuse (vs. Virginia) on Mar 2. Connecticut is expected to debut its uniform during the conference tournament.