Spartans, Buckeyes to wear Nike logo jerseys



No company outfits more Big Ten schools than Nike. Let’s see, there’s Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue, for a total of seven schools. If you caught the recent Gonzaga-Butler game, you probably have a good idea why this is being mentioned. Nike put Gonzaga in the awful (practice) jerseys that featured the school’s logo above the number.

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Buckeye and Spartan fans, get ready to see your teams in something similar. Michigan State will wear its version Sunday at Indiana, while Ohio State will don its Feb. 5 at heated rival Michigan.

Here’s to hoping Nike doesn’t put too many other Big Ten teams in this look. As points out, Nike seems to have learned nothing from its 1999-2000 North Carolina debacle. Evidently, the company wants these teams to take a part of their home court (the midcourt logo, that is) on the road. Honestly.

Cute idea, I guess, but jerseys look better and less practice-like when the school name, mascot or initials are spelled out above the players’ number.

Here’s how Michigan State’s uniform looked:

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Doug on 1/23/2013 @ 8:05pm EDT Said:

MSU’s are the same as the football team wore in 2011 when they beat Michigan, so hopefully they work for the basketball team against IU.

John on 1/24/2013 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

Needs to keep the players name on the back of the jersey. Everyone knows who the school is if they are watching the game, but not everyone knows which player is which, especially if you are talking about the visitors.

Stuart Rankin on 1/25/2013 @ 11:24am EDT Said:

I have no problem with the new top. Now if you can get them to shorten the trunks, at least a little , that would be real progress. Don’t they look in the mirror? They look like they have on skirts. Plus the girls like to see more leg, but i guess they don’t know that either.