Syracuse men’s basketball will sport a new look when it hosts the University of South Florida Bulls on February 22.
Nine basketball programs have been selected by Nike to sport its Hyper Elite Platinum uniform. The other schools are Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Connecticut men’s and women’s teams and the Baylor women’s team.
According to the Syracuse Athletic Department, each of the nine schools has won an NCAA championship wearing Nike apparel.
[The] Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform is designed at the intersection of sustainability and performance. Nike created the uniforms specifically for superior performance and lower environmental impact. The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. Both short and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. Featuring laser-cut bonded logos, a sharp platinum design as well as prominent accent colors, the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms are sure to shine on the court.
Debuting new uniforms mid-season is nothing new for Syracuse.
Last February 10, against UConn, Syracuse debuted the similar-named Nike Hyper Elite Uniform that it currently wears on the court. The current uniforms contain a back panel that distinguishes each school that wears the Nike uniform from the other. Syracuse’s uniform features images of the Carrier Dome and other campus buildings. There is no word on the new uniforms containing such a distinction.
A point of curiosity is the selection of the game in which the uniforms will debut.
After the USF game, Syracuse only has two more scheduled games. The team travels to UConn on February 25 and hosts Louisville to close the season on March 3. Last season, the Orange debuted the uniforms in the same game UConn debuted theirs. That meant that one of the teams wearing the Nike uniform would lose on the night it debuted.
Syracuse has a game at home against UConn on February 11. Perhaps the powers that be thought USF to be the most likely win for the new unis.
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