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Oh Honey, No…a Bucky’s 5th Quarter Fashion Blog: University of Iowa

My favorite thing about playing Iowa is seeing a Fran-trum...

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back boys and girls. It’s been a minute since we last met up to preview the oppositions sense of fashion, or lack their of...given that Wisconsin has been playing a lot of teams for a second time.

In the time since we last spoke I have been hard at work, bedazzling all of my jeans, hoping for a time when I will once again have an excuse to wear them in public. But that is enough about my bejeweled denim, let’s get on with it!

Here we are with a match up with Iowa, a team Wisconsin has not seen on the hardwood yet this season.

One thing of note that I will mention here, instead of below, is that on each of Iowa’s uniforms they have included a message of equality, by having ‘Equality’ below each player’s number on the back of their jerseys.

Well played, Iowa.

As a reminder, we will be rating the opposing threads on a scale of oh honey, no, to YAASS QUEEN.

Oh honey, no: Obviously, this is the worst rating. If I must explain this to you, you’re probably wearing socks with sandals right now, or a brown belt with black pants, either way, oh honey, no.

Ewww: Nice try, but no.

Werk it: You brought it.

YAASS QUEEN: Best of the best. Your proverbial milkshake brings all the proverbial boys to the yard.

School: University of Iowa

Mascot: Hawkeyes

Color Scheme: Black and Gold

Official Brand Sponsor: Nike

Home uniform:

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa’s home uniforms are white with black accents, including the borders around the collar and the arm holes of the jersey. The jersey features ‘Iowa’ across the chest in sort of a modified block font, with the player’s number appearing in the same font.

A yellow stripe, outlined in black appears on the left side of the jersey and continues down onto the shorts as well. The stripe then meets with a black stripe that travels horizontally across both legs and is paired with a yellow border, which covers the bottom few inches of the shorts.

The Hawkeye logo is also on the side of the right leg of the shorts.

I would like to see yellow incorporated a bit more in the jersey, possibly as a border, or even as the primary color of the text that appears on the uniform. Is that were paired with a black border, I think that would make the jersey far more appealing.

My other gripe is the use of a single stripe along the one side of the uniform. They would be much better served to have no stripe appear on the jersey, or have smaller stripes on both sides.

Home uniform score:


Away uniform:

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

When playing on the road, Iowa has similar uniforms to their home knits, but in black.

The uniform features yellow accents, such as borders and text on the jersey. The uniform also features the same yellow striping on the left side, but this time it is bordered with a white line. The white line continues horizontally across the shorts as well, as it does on the home uniform and the yellow border also appears at the bottom of the shorts.

Once again, I would like to see another color, possible white on this uniform, act as a border on the text that appears on the jersey.

With the primarily black uniform, the yellow striping being used with a white border does not look as good as the black and yellow pairs on the white home uniform. While having different striping, or a lack of striping would benefit the home uniform, I really think that the road uniform would greatly benefit from a different style, or no striping at all.

Away uniform score:


Alternate uniform:

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa’s alternate uniforms are black, just as their away uniforms, but instead of featuring ‘Iowa,’ or ‘Hawkeyes’ across the chest, the tiger hawk logo is present.

This uniform also features different striping, which is better displayed below.

There is also an arched stripe that appears on the back of the uniform, below the player’s last name, which is not present on either the home or away uniforms.

I personally am not a fan of the school logo appears in place of text on the jersey. I think Iowa would be much better suited, having ‘Hawkeyes’ across the front of the uniform, which would spice things up from their other two uniforms, as both of them have ‘Iowa’ across the chest.

One thing I do like about this uniform is the striping that appears down the side of the jersey and the shorts. The design is more modern day, than the striping that appears on their other two uniforms. Unfortunately the striping is not enough to save the uniform and their use of the school logo, in lieu of the school name and/or nickname.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa’s second alternate uniform is, in my opinion, its best.

The uniform is yellow, with black accents, including black borders on the collar and arm holes, along with ‘Iowa,’ but in a cursive font, with the player’s number still being featured in the same modified block font that is used on the other three uniforms.

The same striping that appears on the home and away uniforms is used here, but in black, with white outlining. The striping meets at the bottom of the shorts, as it does on the home and away uniforms, with a black border on the bottom of the yellow shorts.

I love the use of a cursive font on the uniform, instead of using the same ‘Iowa’ font design as on the home and away uniforms. The use of a different font is sort of a subtle change, but it makes a world of difference.

The use of black striping on the yellow background is also a great look, far better than the yellow on the white and/or black uniforms.

Alternate uniform score:

Black uniform: Ewww

Yellow uniform: Werk it