Thursday morning the University of Cincinnati and Adidas announced that the Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball team would have special post-season uniforms for the American Athletic Conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Adidas has done this in years past for the select few schools that Adidas sponsors.
In 2013 Adidas supplied the selected teams with Zubaz inspired uniforms that did not go over will with fans, the internet nor the teams. Included in the Zubaz uniforms were sleeved jerseys for the first time in Adidas basketball history. Cincinnati was not subjected to the sleeved jersey’s but Baylor, UCLA and Louisville were. This was also the first set of jerseys that included Adidas’ ClimaCool technology. With those uniforms flopping so badly last year Adidas needed to respond better in 2014.
Looking at the uniforms for this post season Adidas listened to everyone that complained about the awful jerseys of 2013 and responded with these.
When you look at the Adidas jerseys for this post season you can see they stepped away from the ridiculous zubaz design and went more traditional this season. Every jersey looks like a form of a throwback uniform a little, the Kansas, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Michigan all look very standard, very collegiate.
Baylor and Notre Dame have seen their school names replaced with school sayings. In this case “Sic em’ Bears” for Baylor and “Fighting Irish” for Notre Dame.
The other obvious difference this season is some schools once again have sleeved jerseys. Cincinnati is one four schools that have them this season. The Bearcats have not played with this style of jersey all season, the idea of changing to them now is head scratching.
Cincinnati will debut these jerseys next week at the AAC tournament and will continue to wear them in the NCAA tournament in 2 weeks.