By Ed Morgans @writered21 on March 18, 2014
It may not be more important to look good than to play good, but it doesn't hurt to have both. In this year's NCAA Tournament, there are 15 teams that stand out above the crowd in uniforms that in some cases are classic, others are colorful, and still others are just so different that they earned a spot on this list. From coast to coast, the NCAA Tournament's best dressed teams will be a joy to watch in glorious HD.
Duke gets on the list because of the uniforms they wore for two games in the ACC Tournament last weekend. The home white throwbacks, with the very simple design and arched "DUKE" across the front looked good. But this is Duke and everyone dislikes Duke, so 15 is as high as the Blue Devils get ranked.
Baylor has already made the list of the Worst 15 Uniforms in the NCAA Tournament, but the Bears get a nod here as well for their standard yellow uniforms. Not the Day-Glo ones that everyone has talked about (and were banned by the NCAA). These yellow ones stand out, but aren't gaudy, and capture Baylor's school colors well.
Mercer is another team like Baylor (and many here, to be honest) who made both the best and worst dressed lists. But the Mercer Bears score points here for their all orange uniform, capped off by orange shoes. Orange Crush, indeed.
Simple and stylish, the Shockers look as great as their 34-0 record says they play. They haven't gone to crazy uniforms yet -- just sets based in white, yellow and black to reflect the Wichita State colors.
Red and silver is an underrated color combination that few teams employ, and New Mexico wears it as well as any team west of Columbus, Ohio. The Lobos' uniform is a little funky with regard to where the silver (or gray, if you like) is placed, but it's a cool combination.
There's nothing special about WMU's color combination, but the Broncos earned their spot on this list for the font used on their numbers and names. It looks like something straight out of the old West. And as you know, the old West was housed right in the western part of Michigan.
As a grad of a school that wears purple (Evansville) that isn't in the tournament, I have to give a shout to Kansas State, who wears the greatest school color ever with pride, combined with gray and white, to go 20-12 this season. K-State is one of seven Big 12 teams to make the NCAA Tournament this season.
It's hard to rank the Oregon Ducks good or bad because of their 2,235 different uniforms. But this all green look pictured, along with the "Fighting Ducks" across the front, is a winner. In the NCAA Tournament, you always want to be wary of pugilistic waterfowl.
Villanova's home white uniforms offer another classic look that isn't too far off from what the Wildcats wore during their national championship season of 1985. Can Villanova win another title this year?
In either the home whites or the road Carolina blues, the Tar Heels have had one of the best uniform sets in college basketball for a long time. The argyle pattern up the sides of the jersey is a nice touch.
While UVA no longer wears the signature orange uniforms made famous during the Ralph Sampson era, this year's ACC champions and top seed in the East Region clean up nice in their home whites. The unis are simple on the front with orange and blue trim and have patterns blended into the back.
This color combination is the best there is. The black is always a nice look, and the yellow is the ultimate contrast. It makes the numbers easy to read, and there's no mistaking what team you're watching when Iowa is on TV. The only question is how long will the Hawkeyes stick around in the NCAA Tournament?
Mired in black or white for many years, the Bearcats have turned to an all-red uniform in recent years and it's a winner. This year's version is much better than the last one, which was some sort of neon effect that made Cincinnati look orange. They must like it, as the Bearcats are 27-6 entering the NCAA Tournament.
There are many teams that wear orange in the NCAA Tournament, but no team in the country wears it quite like the Tennessee Volunteers. Their version of orange, which is very close to the old orange used for years by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is unique in Division I. The Vols are 21-12.
This is the most iconic uniform in all of college basketball. UCLA is the all-time leader with 11 Division-I national championships, and they've been wearing their specific shade of UCLA blue for a half-century. These uniforms exude greatness.
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