By John Ginder @JGUpstateNY on March 18, 2014
We are quickly approaching every college basketball fan's favorite time of the year. It almost seems like teams are marching out on the court on nightly basis wearing different uniforms. Outfitters are trying their best to "revolutionize" the industry and have been successful on a few occasions. Here is my list of the 15 ugliest uniforms in the 2014 tournament. Feel free to add your own.
What can I say about Mercer's uniforms that you can't see for yourself? I have never been a fan of uniforms that have the same color letters as the jersey with just a different outline.
Well, you didn't have to wait long to see a uniform similar to Mercer's. The only reason Stanford is ranked higher is because their strength of schedule. Stanford has a pretty classic look with their "normal" home and away uniforms, but missed on this one. Luckily, the numbers are colored a bit so you can see them a little better.
For starters, I have to say that I have always been a fan of black, red and white. What gets me on this one is the "ferocious"-looking claw marks on the shorts. I get it since they are the Bearcats, but I am just not a fan of it. This isn't nearly as bad as the uniform they wore last year with gray stripes on the shoulders and shorts.
Much like Cincinnati, Memphis goes for a claw mark on the shorts. The reason this one is ranked higher is because it looks more like a wimpy swipe from a tiger in an almost accidental kind of way -- like a high-five, but one that missed. There is also a stripe on the side of the jersey that really doesn't go along with the rest of the look.
I have always liked Michigan's color combination. This particular uniform is a huge miss. We will start with polka dot shoulder pattern, and the shorts have a "wet paint" stripe that was smeared as they ran down the court on a fast break. I liked the clean and simple Michigan uniforms of the past.
The red on the shoulders is a bit odd here, as well as the strange piping under the arms. The tough decision to go with just one design on the shorts was too much, so they have a tribal-looking design on the left side and a menacing cardinal with a full mouth of teeth on the right.
The Lobos' uniforms aren't terrible until you notice that only one side of the uniform has striping on it. I am wondering if during the design process someone said "Hey, I have this gray stripe with some funky lines on it. The only problem is that I only have enough to go over just one shoulder".
I have to say that I have always enjoyed Kansas State's color scheme. I feel that the colors go well together under normal circumstances. However, the dark gray just doesn't do it for me. I'm also not a fan of the "K-State" on the chest and the weird pattern on the shorts.
Here is another classic basketball uniform gone wrong. Sometimes it seems that uniform companies just try too hard to re-invent something that doesn't need re-inventing. Not everybody is a fan of the traditional "true blue" color that UCLA is known for, but pairing that with a navy blueish color really doesn't work for me.
Right off the bat, I didn't like the light color lettering on a light colored jersey. Then I noticed the pinstripes. These uniforms look more like something you would wear to bed and not into battle on the hardwood. Kansas has used unique lettering in the past which I have liked, and they did so on these uniforms. I am not sure what they were thinking with the numbers though.
A list of ugliest uniforms wouldn't be complete without an entry for the Oregon Ducks. Synonymous with the many different uniforms on the gridiron, the Ducks have dipped in the basketball market as well. There were many different uniforms to choose from, so I just chose the brightest. I am alright with yellow if they could turn it down a bit, and I'm not a fan of the design at the bottom of the shorts either.
I am just not a huge fan of the gray. Adding bright orange number and black lettering doesn't help either. Similar to Oregon, Oklahoma has a unique design at the bottom of their shorts that starts where the "Cowboys" end. Luckily for many of these teams, they play much better than their uniforms look.
I almost feel bad picking a team for this list that is making their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. I enjoy the color scheme, but the design on the side is just not that nice. I am not sure if it is inspired by camouflage or something I have never heard of.
The hardest part about picking Baylor was which uniform to go with. They have many that could have made the list, but I didn't feel the same team should be listed more than once. I am not sure why so many teams go with one color on the shoulder and a different color for the rest. There's also the indecision of whether to go with a logo or a design on the shorts. How about both? How about not?
I got it. Let's go with the school's purple and gold color, but with a twist. Let's have the entire front be purple, but let's trick everyone and make the back of the shorts gold. We should also add some gold stripes on the jersey that don't match with the rest of the look. I am happy for them for making the tournament for the second straight year, but I feel bad that they have to wear these on national television.
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