Via twitter, @thomasbeisner, who hosts a University of Kentucky sports television show, reported earlier this morning that adidas schools will be wearing basketball uniforms with sleeves for the NCAA tournament. He followed up that report with the caveat that Michigan (and early-season foe NC State) will NOT wear these jerseys. The full release is from Sports Business Journal Daily article which is, unfortunately, behind a paywall.
Link here for the financially-inclined: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Morning-Buzz/2013/02/27/adidas.aspx
This could have been a disaster. Is it possible that the AD is getting the message that the fan base isn't too stoked about the Uniformz trend? Tweets pasted below:
NCAA teams sponsored by adidas will wear short-sleeve uniforms in the NCAA Tournament.
According to @SBJSBD, Michigan and NC State will not wear them. IU says they haven't heard and Louisville says they don't know specifics.
Joe Lunardi updated his predictions and he has Michigan getting the final #1 seed, replacing Florida after their loss to the Vols tonight.
Michigan/SOUTH (replaces Florida)
Florida just lost to Tennessee, yet one more thing to help Michigan get the 1 seed. Things are looking bright.
A state friend of mine posted this on his facebook, and it's pretty interesting/incriminating. You decide...
What's everyones take? Do the Gophers stand a chance or is Indiana in cruise control to win and pretty much take the Conference title by themselves?
I think the Gophers need a lot of things to go right in order for them to win; a lot of things that I don't think will happen. I half think they may be set-up better than Illinois was to beat a team like Indiana, and Illinois of course pulled it off. So, never say never.
Get 'em Goldy..
Not news, just a rant after 35 years of watching college basketball if I may be permitted.
Check out the blocking foul that was called on the ISU player in the last moments of regulation....
In football, I always feel like the players and coaches define the outcome (Green Bay/Seattle replacement ref game aside). But in basketball, I feel like I'm watching a script half written by the players and coaches, and far too frequently half written by the referees. This isn't news, but just an observation that at times the preposterous calls by basketball refs obviously meant to add poetry to a game, instead make me feel like I've suddenly been tranported to a WWE cage match at The Palace.
Understandably, in no sport do referees come in as close contact to screaming, gyrating fans, coaches and opposing coaches as they do in basketball. But with all of the technology that has advanced so many other sports, it's unfortunate basketball hasn't found a way to evolve in some manner to improve referee objectivity and accuracy. Until that changes, the ominous poetic license employed by referees will continue to define why basketball, despite all of its beauty, will be a second rate sport to me, just a few notches on the WWE scale left of boxing.