Rumors turned into reality Thursday, as Wisconsin announced it will wear updated uniforms for both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments this year.
Designed by Adidas, the same company that brought us the polarizing "Unrivaled" football uniforms two years ago, the basketball uniforms introduce more subdued changes.
There are a couple noticeable differences. The most prominent is probably the speckled "dusting" of color on the shoulder and bottom of the shorts, replacing the typical thick stripe and piping down the side of the uniform. Another one is that the nickname "Badgers" is featured on both the red (road) and white (home) sets instead of "Wisconsin" -- which also means the letters appear slightly bigger than usual.
But enough of my words, see for yourselves ...
Adidas team uniforms for NCAA Tournament pic.twitter.com/zSu8Ynfn7F— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 6, 2014
Full press release:
ADIDAS AND WISCONSIN UNVEIL MADE IN MARCH UNIFORMS
Badgers to wear new uniforms for the 2014 postseason tournaments
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team along with adidas unveiled on Thursday the Made in March Uniform System for the 2014 NCAA basketball postseason. The collection was created to provide the Badgers with adidas’ most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.
Wisconsin is scheduled to wear the new uniforms (both white and red) for both the Big Ten tournament and NCAA tournament.
To evoke team unity and spirit, the Made in March uniforms feature the "Badgers" word mark across the chest, while the Bo Ryan’s signature "Next" mantra is printed on the inside collar of each jersey. The Made in March Uniform System debuts on-court beginning with conference tournament play.
Made in March Uniforms feature a functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool as the clock winds down. adidas’ quick-drying jersey technology found in current NBA uniforms along with ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side, move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry as players sweat.