The college basketball world seemed to stop Sunday night as the NCAA tournament's first weekend ended with Northern Iowa's meltdown, Wisconsin's buzzer beater and Oregon's narrow escape against St. Joe's. At the end of the evening, the Sweet Sixteen field was set. More importantly, we could start to rank March Madness contenders by jersey, and a team's style choices in each of the tournament's first two games were taken into consideration. The loaded trio of Oregon, North Carolina and Indiana leads the pack, while bland Iowa State, Gonzaga and Villanova bring up the rear.
The Wildcats' uniforms are not ugly. They are simply boring. The standard white with thin dark blue trim is as basic as their nickname. Nova should ditch the bulky block-lettering for the thinner font it had when winning the NCAA title in 1985.
The base dark blue limits Gonzaga's creativity. The Bulldogs' home whites work in some red well, but we should see their blue and white roadies for the third straight time in Chicago. One that does work when you see it up close: The red stencil in the white "GONZAGA" text.
14. Iowa State
Iowa State's colors kind of look like McDonald's got a college basketball team. The Cardinal red road jerseys are stronger than the whites, and we should get a look at them in the Sweet Sixteen. Overall though, Nike can do better with program that has made five straight NCAA tournaments.
13. Notre Dame
The Under Armour Era was highly anticipated in South Bend. The new gold jerseys with "Irish" in script are modern and cool for a traditional program. The whites and blue with small, unoriginal text need to be adjusted by Under Armour moving forward. In this NCAA tournament, the Irish have only worn the whites. The committee would look favorably upon bumping Notre Dame up if it wears the golds in the next round.
12. Texas A&M
Adidas just has so much work to do. There is nothing special about the Texas A&M design except minimal shoulder coloring. The Aggies stay below Wisconsin because their maroon is just a more boring red than the Badgers' bright tint. Looking good did not get the Aggies past Northern Iowa.
Wisconsin has long been challenged, fashion-wise, due to the generic jerseys Adidas puts out (do they literally just change the W and the N on Wisconsin and Nebraska football jerseys?). This year, Adidas and Wisconsin took a gamble, coloring the shoulders of both jerseys. The move pays off, as Wisconsin looks like it has at least some sort of jersey identity. This is Wisconsin's last season with Adidas. The Badgers switch to Under Armour in 2016-17 in all sports.
The Cavaliers go with a similar scheme to Miami, but to put it blunt, Virginia does not have the brand color recognition the U has. After a couple more strong seasons in Charlottesville, UVA orange and blue can make its case against Miami's orange and green (at least in basketball).
Maryland is Under Armour's answer to Oregon, at least on the football field. In basketball, Kevin Plank still needs to get more creative. Incorporating the Maryland state flag into both home and away jerseys is a nice touch, but Under Armour needs to do something about that bland font. The red and yellow road kits are stronger than the whites, and we will get a look at one of those bright colors when the Terps take on Kansas Thursday.
The Sooners have the standard Nike look, and their primary color has its ups and downs. Oklahoma crimson is unique and traditional, but it lacks the pop of a Duke blue or Syracuse orange.
Who had Syracuse wearing home whites in the second round and Sweet Sixteen? There is something special about the school literally writing its color and nickname, "Orange" on the home jerseys. If Syracuse can get past Gonzaga, it will get to show off the signature orange away jerseys again versus Virginia or Iowa State.
Hate Duke all you want, but Nike takes its jerseys seriously. Duke blue (let's call it royal blue?) contrasts the white homes, and we haven't seen the blue or black roadies in this NCAA tournament. Expect traditional Duke blue looking fresh against Oregon yellow Thursday.
So fresh and traditional. The blue trim, especially on the waistband, gives the whites it a distinct look. Kansas's blue away jerseys with red and white trim is the better jersey, but as Kansas is the overall No. 1 seed, we should not expect to see anything but white this Tournament.
The U works its three colors well. Orange and green is distinctly Miami, as the double waist stripes boast. The green shoulders make the jersey look modern without going over the top.
Tradition looms large in Bloomington, where Indiana still looks like it wears the same jerseys as when Bobby Knight arrived. Think about it this way: Steve Alford wore the same color scheme as Yogi Ferrell. There is no shame in Indiana taking the bronze here.
2. North Carolina
A uniform heavyweight, UNC's white and Carolina blue is perhaps the most pleasing color scheme in all of sports. Only the Tar Heels can pull off argyle on jerseys. However, there is just enough modern creativity out of Eugene to keep Oregon ahead of the Jordan Brand's pinnacle.
The godfather of NCAA jerseys, Oregon has dominated the football landscape. Now the world is seeing what Phil Knight and Nike can do with a successful basketball team. Oregon opened with a yellow and green vintage, Oregon Trail type look before going with the standard yellow "Fighting Ducks." Oregon's jersey road the rest of the way is unpredictable. White, yellow and green jerseys uniforms are all in play.
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