Nike picks out the Elite in college basketball

Nine college basketball teams will be debuting these platinum uniforms sometime in the next month. Photo courtesy of Kentucky Sports Radio

At least that is what they make it seem like with the new line of Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms that were unveiled on Wednesday.

Nine teams (both men and women) will go to a new, sleek gray look for one game each this season. If you’re a fan of Arizona, the Baylor women’s team, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Connecticut (men’s and women’s) or North Carolina, look out for some changes in your team’s look very soon.

The primary theme here is gray (or platinum, I guess.) Every team will feature that as their primary color for the select games. There is also a decent accent along the sides that runs all the way down to the socks and shoes for each team. The accent goes along with the color the school is primarily known for (orange for Syracuse, blue for Duke, etc.)

There will also be a change-up in the name displayed across the uniform for most teams (UConn, Kentucky and Baylor escaped that fate.) For example, Syracuse will have “Cuse” written across the front, while Duke will have “Blue Devils” broken across the numbers.

If these were going to be the permanent uniforms for any of these teams, I would definitely have a problem with it, but since from all indications, it will just be a one-time shot, they’re fine by me.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the Syracuse uniforms courtesy of  blogger Nunes Magician.

Here’s a schedule of when your team will be be donning these uniforms:

UConn vs. Notre Dame (1/29), Kentucky vs. Tennessee (1/31), Duke vs. Maryland (2/11), Baylor (women’s) vs. Texas A&M (2/11), Florida vs. Tennessee (2/11), Syracuse vs. USF (2/22), Arizona vs. UCLA (2/25), UConn (women’s) vs. Notre Dame (2/27) and UNC vs. Maryland (2/29).

Enjoy them if you choose to, but remember they will likely be a one-and-done experiment.

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Shades of gray for Syracuse?

Jim Boeheim might be surrounded by lots of gray instead of customary orange in the coming weeks. Photo by Getty Images

The great Paul Lukas, who made it OK to take on this uniform obsession with Uni-Watch, has started up a bit of an uproar today when he said there is word the Syracuse Orange may opt for a gray look in the upcoming weeks.

Rumors are it could come against archrival Georgetown on Feb. 8.

The Orange have not been shy about changing uniforms in recent years as they were one of the first to go with the space-age type silver lining along the shoulders. The variations have always been slight, with the exception of a blue alternate the team wore against Notre Dame a few years back.

The fact this change may come against Georgetown may only upset the fanbase more because of the Hoyas’ inkling toward that plain color. We’ll reserve judgement until the uniforms actually make their debut on the court.

BCS of uniforms: Big East

Syracuse's Prince-Tyson Gulley looked very nice this past season while running for Syracuse. Photo by Associated Press

As we lead up to the big-time bowl games, and I do not mean that as an insult to the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, I will be going through my own lead up to the big game between Alabama and LSU on Jan. 9, and it all starts today.

I will go over each BCS conference and rank the uniforms of the schools in the conference. From there, I will put together a nice bowl system to find your national champion of uniforms.

We will start with the worst conference on the field, the Big East.

I will get to the chase right away, the top team in uniforms in the Big East is … the Syracuse Orange.

1. Syracuse

The Orange have undergone some changes in recent years since going away from the plain look of the 80s and 90s. Now, the white and blue stripes over the orange helmet and block S really makes the helmet stand out from the others.

When we get down to the uniforms themselves, the combination of orange and blue, which is always a stellar combination, gives the Orange a stellar home and road look.

2. Pittsburgh

The Panthers have a very simple, but effective look for both home and away uniforms. The combination of navy blue and gold on the helmets and the uniforms is clean.

The high ranking of this look, also speaks to the mediocrity of the Big East when it comes to uniforms. The block lettering on the helmet is also quite impressive.

3. West Virginia

The Mountaineers also have a classic look as well. However, in recent years, the yellow alternate with yellow pants have taken away from the usual home uniform.

It’s really a shame because West Virginia looked very cool with the yellow pants and blue uniforms. The West Virginia logo is a good look as well.

4. South Florida

This season was a big step for the Bulls in the uniform department. They had employed an alternate white helmet to go apart from the usual gold helmet.

The Bulls introduced a green helmet and green pants for their away uniforms, and it got off to a roaring start with a victory over Notre Dame.

The logo is average at best. It’s hard to really tell what they are getting at. It’s clearly supposed to be a bull from a U, but I don’t think it really works.

5. Cincinnati

Here is where we get into the real dregs of the uniform world that is the Big East.

There’s not much about the Bearcats’ uniforms that will get anyone excited. The home uniforms are all back to go along with the black helmets, but the bear claws on the side take away from the simpleness of the uniforms.

It's doubtful many of the members of the Rutgers football team will be celebrating their place in the Big East rankings.

6. Rutgers

Again, the Scarlet Knights go with a simple look of red with white pants most of the time, but the all-black alternates from this season have taken away from the uniforms.

7. Lousiville

There’s not much to say here, these uniforms are quite terrible. There’s nothing special to them, it’s like they’re stuck in the 80swith their uniforms.

8. Connecticut

The Huskies have nothing special going on here. The basketball uniforms are so much better than the stupid football look. There is simply nothing to speak of here. The trimming along the sides doesn’t belong.

So there it is, Syracuse will be moving on to the Orange Bowl of uniforms. They don’t rank among the best in the country, but just like in real football, the Big East doesn’t earn as much in terms of respect nationally.