Nike unveils new Michigan State, Ohio State alternates

Nike is unveiling a new basketball uniform design, and like last year when it introduced those (awful) logo-centric uniforms, Michigan State and Ohio State have been selected to wear the new threads. Don’t worry, these new “Hyper Elite Dominance” uniforms are far better than their predecessor. See the uniforms in this post.

[ MORE: Read the official Nike release on uniforms ]

The best part of the new designs is the nod to the past. Michigan State’s Script “State” harkens back to Magic Johnson’s eraSpartans just wore the throwback last week – and Ohio State’s number sandwiched between “Ohio” and “State” brings back memories of Jim Jackson’s days.

One last thing: It’s funny how Nike goes out of its way, creating a bold multicolored design (gray top, scarlet bottom), to account for Ohio State’s school colors, but makes Michigan State’s uniform all bronze. That decision, most definitely, has something to do with the popularity of the football team’s 2011 alternate uniform.

The Spartans will debut the uniform Saturday vs. Georgetown, while the Buckeyes will do so Feb. 11 vs. rival Michigan.

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akble on 1/30/2014 @ 2:32pm EDT Said:

Buckeyes were a bad pick to showcase them this year- will not make ’64’ – at this rate lucky to make NIT

Dan Hogan on 1/30/2014 @ 2:37pm EDT Said:

Yuck. Most of them look pretty good, but the bronze with green trim MSU uniform looks awful.

theotherbigone on 1/30/2014 @ 3:50pm EDT Said:

Oregon looks like a John Deere tractor

ejaxs37 on 1/30/2014 @ 6:27pm EDT Said:

Last years Spartan Uni’s were awesome! You have no clue what the hell you are talking about! Smdh

Mike Smith on 1/30/2014 @ 6:43pm EDT Said:

Seriously ugly. Who at MSU approved this?

B1Gfan MI on 1/30/2014 @ 7:42pm EDT Said:

After the games, they will be ” repurposed ” as slipcovers, pillowcases, boxing robes, and exotic briefs sold only at tatoo studios just off campus.

lks311 on 1/31/2014 @ 12:32pm EDT Said:

My guess is that most complaining are over the age of 30.

    theotherbigone on 1/31/2014 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

    So that must mean people under 30 have bad taste if they aren’t complaining. The only way they can keep their minds alert is by mixing bright colors??

msubuck on 1/31/2014 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

When you’re on top (MSU) it doesn’t matter what color your uniform is. People watch to see outstanding performance

Mark on 2/3/2014 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

New Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms for MSU, Kentucky, OSU, Duke, Oregon, Syracuse, & UNC

If you look at the picture, that you can pull down from the top of this post, MSU is the only one that had it’s colors changed. Not one of the other schools had anything changed, not even by a shade.

Did Nike think we wouldn’t notice their stupidity?