Remember that crisp November evening when UCLA strolled into the Coliseum with revolutionary third jerseys, decked out in stormtrooper gear, with white from head to toe? Well, USC’s basketball squad invades the newly re-done Pauley Pavilion tonight and will do so with brand new alternate black jerseys from Nike. Whether or not the outcome resembles a 50-0 affair is yet to be seen.
Here’s a photo of the new threads from Scott Wolf, with former Tennessee Volunteers big man Renaldo Woolridge sporting the new Trojan look:
The jerseys are part of a new Nike branding push that has seen similar jerseys get worn by perennial college hoops contenders Villanova and Gonzaga. Back in 2007, Nike unveiled the style of jerseys that the Trojans currently wear, which was first pushed out to Nike schools like Ohio State and Syracuse during March Madness. USC adopted the jerseys in the 2007-2008 season, which coincided with O.J. Mayo’s tenure with the Trojans.
While USC wears black tonight, UCLA will wear solid blues as part of an Adidas trend this season aimed at establishing unity through the use of one color. The Bruins join Kansas, Baylor and Cincinnati as schools that will wear the German-based company’s monochromatic kit.
Tonight’s game tips off at 7:00 on the Pac-12 Network and for our game preview from Evan Budrovich, click here.
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