February 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
What would John Wooden say about this?
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.
— 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.