When adidas, the official outfitter of the NBA, recently put the Golden State Warriors in a short-sleeve jersey, one knew it was only a matter of time before the company brought the design to the college game. According to SportsBusinessDaily.com, that time is the NCAA tournament.
Adidas, the site reports, will have a “handful” of teams rocking the short-sleeve jersey next month. The teams have yet to be announced.
Will a Big Ten team be included? Adidas outfits four Big Ten teams, three of which are sure to make the tournament – Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Nebraska is the other, and it needs to win the Big Ten tournament to qualify for the NCAA tourney.
Of the quartet, Indiana is the lone one not to wear an alternate uniform this season. Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin all have sported the “Bleed Out” uniform, another design adidas first introduced in the NBA. The Wolverines and Huskers also have donned throwbacks.
For what it’s worth, SportsBusinessDaily.com reports Michigan officials said the team won’t wear short-sleeve jerseys and Indiana hasn’t heard from adidas on special jerseys.
That’s wonderful news. But, according to the picture below, short-sleeve jerseys aren’t the only new design adidas plans to introduce during the tournament.