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February 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

What would John Wooden say about this?

UCLA has always been staid and stuffy when it comes basketball attire.

But John Wooden’s old team is one of six schools, which underwent a fashion makeover courtesy of Adidas. The Bruins will wear camouflage colored pattern shorts and jerseys with sleeves (right) during the Pac-12 Tournament

At first glance, you wonder who gave the OK for this.

At the very least, it’s a break from tradition for a school that prides itself on tradition. Others describe the new look as hideous.

Kansas Jayhakwk fans have created a petition to prevent their team from wearing the Adidas gear.

Other teams wearing the new uniforms include: Notre Dame, Louisville, Baylor and Cincinnati.

In a press release, Adidas touted the uniform’s groundbreaking technological breakthroughs.

Initially there’s going to be an uproar about the new-look, which will eventually die down. The schools like the publicity and the alternate jerseys are a nice revenue stream. They’re also popular with the players and recruits.

AROUND THE PAC-12:

Bud Withers takes a look at Washington State’s troubles.

— Big win for USC last night. The Trojans upset No. 11 Arizona 89-78, which is probably the biggest victory for USC in recent years. It also helps interim coach Bob Cantu’s case to keep the job full time. USC (13-15, 8-7) is 6-5 under Cantu.

— The Wildcats allowed USC to shoot 61.1 percent from the field. The defeat dropped Arizona (23-5, 11-5) from a first place to third in the Pac-12 standings.

— Across town in Los Angeles, UCLA pulled off a 79-74 victory over Arizona State to move into a first-place tie with Oregon. The Bruins improved to 21-7 and 11-4 thanks to its three freshmen starters. Jordan Adams scored 22 points, Kyle Anderson had a career-high 21 points and 15 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad had 21 points. Senior guard Larry Drew II added 13 assists.

— Arizona State (20-9, 9-7) has lost two straight games and five of its last eight. Sun Devils freshman Jahii Carson told the Arizona Rebublic: “We’ve worked too hard to start losing games at the end of the season. We’re supposed to be playing our best basketball.”

— Colorado stayed within striking distance of the Pac-12 leaders with a 65-63 win at Stanford. The Buffaloes (19-8, 9-6) is two games out of first place with three games left. Just as importantly, CU kept its bid for a NCAA tournament at-large bid alive. Andre Roberson, a favorite to win the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, scored a personal best 24 points.

— Barring an incredible run two weeks at the Pac-12 Tournament, it looks as if Stanford will have a chance to defend its 2012 NIT championship. The defeat was the third straight loss and eliminated the Cardinal from the chase for the No. 4 seed in the conference tourney. Stanford will have to win four games in Las Vegas to win the automatic berth to the NCAAs.

— Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis, who has missed the past nine games due to a foot injury, is expected to play tonight.

E.J. Singler who has been Oregon’s Iron Man will play his final game at Matthew Knight Arena. He’s played in 108 consecutive games.

— No better time for a rivalry game for Oregon State (13-15, 3-12), then after losing three in a row. The Beavers need to figure out how to contain Ducks freshman guard Damyean Dotson who scored 21 points in the first encounter.

— Red-hot California can end Washington’s bid for the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tourney with a win tonight against Utah. The Golden Bears (18-9, 10-5) have won six straight games in large part due to the emergence of junior guard Justin Cobbs.

— Meanwhile, Utah is trying to improve on last season’s record. The Utes were 6-25 and 3-15 in 2011-12. This season they’re 11-15 and 3-11.

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