The 2012 NCAA men’s basketball title game participants were determined Saturday night, and it will be Kentucky vs. Kansas. Here at BTN.com, we’ve reached the finals of our 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket. The matchup: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Iowa. Who’s going to be the winner? It’s up to you, so cast your vote in this post. See the previous matchups: Semis | Quarters | First round.
The New Orleans Saints’ official Twitter account (@Saints) released photos of the 2012 Final Four court and other scenes around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of this year’s Final Four. So, if you’re interested, get your first look at the court Ohio State will be playing on Saturday night. Spoiler alert: It’s in the same design as all the NCAA tourney courts, only it’s green — two shades of it — where those courts are black, and it features the Final Four logo at midcourt. See pictures in this post.
We’re off to the semifinals of BTN.com’s Big Ten football uniform bracket, and the upsets continue. No. 5 Iowa stunned No. 2 Penn State and Cinderella No. 9 Purdue is one win away from playing for it all after downing No. 10 Illinois. Also, No. 1 Michigan drilled No. 6 Michigan State to advance to the title matchup, by virtue of amassing the most quarterfinal votes.
The votes are in, and we’ve reached the second round of BTN.com’s 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket. Much like the NCAA tourney, there were a couple early upsets, including No. 10 Illinois taking down No. 3 Ohio State. Not to be outdone, No. 9 Purdue also stunned No. 4 Nebraska. Check out all the first-round decisions. Also, cast your Round 2 votes in this post.
The word bracket overtakes our vocabulary every March — much to the delight of sports fans across the nation. Brackets don’t begin and end with the NCAA tournament, though. Every year around this time, people create brackets for pretty much everything, including coolest name. Here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to put together a Big Ten football uniform bracket. Cast your votes in this post.
Playing their first Big Ten tourney game, Doc Sadler and Nebraska busted out new uniforms Thursday night against Purdue. I call the uniforms new, but they look very old; in fact, the numbers almost look like they were ironed on before the game. The “NEBRASKA” font on the front of the jersey is pretty cool, though. No word on whether this is a new uniform, a one-time thing or a sudden alternate uniform. See a picture of the uniforms in this post.
It’s Senior Day in Iowa City, Iowa, and Iowa senior Bryce Cartwright is showing his school pride in a unique way. On his socks. The point guard reached deep into his sock drawer and found a pair of gold Hawkeyes socks. Very cool touch. See the socks in this post.
In early February, people gobbled up our post that spotlighted a designer’s renderings of fake Big Ten helmets. The designer, Charles Sollars, also does uniforms, and he just released a bunch of Michigan designs. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would Michigan ever change uniforms?” It isn’t, and it probably won’t any time soon. These are all for fun and to spark some conversation. See renderings of Sollars’ Michigan uniforms in this post.
You look at this picture, courtesy @BigWeitz, and probably ask yourself, “Why is Fran McCaffery’s autograph on a Michigan State chair?” Fair question. OK, think back about a month ago when McCaffery and the Hawkeyes visited the Spartans. It was a forgettable performance — Iowa lost 95-61 — but few will forget the second-year coach’s intense and passionate display during a timeout. You remember it — McCaffery, fresh off being hit with a technical, gathered his players, yelled some words of encouragement and spiked the chair pictured above to the floor. No wonder the autograph includes “Coach with passion.”
Looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone? If your sweetheart is a college sports fan, you’re in luck. FTD is selling dyed roses in the colors of some of the nation’s most popular college teams, including Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin. If your school isn’t available, you can hit up FTD’s Facebook page and request it. As you’d expect, the roses don’t come cheap. A half dozen roses, with a vase, will run you $49.99; a dozen $89.99. Read more about the roses on Dr. Saturday’s Blog.
More than likely, Ohio State football fans can rattle off the number their favorite Buckeyes wore during their college career. But what about, say, Donte Whitner’s high school number? Probably not. Well, there’s a place for that: Candy Painted Tees. A company comprised of “two longtime friends crafting original Midwest inspired designs,” according to their Twitter bio, it makes vintage shirts that feature the high school and high school number of select former Buckeyes. They’re pretty sweet. Take a look at Whitner’s shirt. And Eddie George’s.
There’s a designer out there, Charles Sollars, who is designing FAUX Nike Pro Combat helmets for BCS conference schools. While the helmets are just concepts and something he does as a hobby, I assume, they’re still really fun for all of us to consider and critique. Many of the lids are pretty cool, too. He has a design for every Big Ten school — some good, some ridiculous — and you can see them in this post.
The Illinois football team may have a much different look when it takes the field in 2012. Already with a new head coach, Tim Beckman, the Illini could also have new helmets. According to Illinois SID Derek Neal, the team is displaying three helmets for recruits visiting campus.
Perhaps you’ve seen the throwback uniforms the Memphis men’s basketball team has worn this season (here’s a picture!). Get ready for a similar look in the Big Ten early next month. According to Iowa SID Matt Weitzel (@BigWeitz), the Haweyes will be wearing throwback uniforms Feb. 4 against Penn State. The unis are part of Lettermen’s Day, which will honor the 1986-1987 Elite Eight team, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. See a picture of the uniforms in this post. Also, read more about them here.
The Penn State men’s basketball team broke out a new alternate uniform Thursday night against Illinois. Based on the result, a 54-52 victory over surging Illinois, the Nittany Lions do well in gray. As for the look, gray is a c0lor a ton of teams are incorporating in their rotation — Ohio State and Purdue are a couple examples in the Big Ten. While it’s not a school color for Penn State, we’ve seen gray look a lot worse. View a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of GoPSUSports.com.
We already knew what Oregon was going to wear for the 2012 Rose Bowl, and now we know what Wisconsin will don Monday for the Granddaddy of Them All. The Badgers unveiled a new high-tech uniform, designed by adidas, that features rose petal graphics within the jersey numbers, the “W” helmet logo and stripes, the adidas TechFit compression base layer and the players’ gloves. View a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of UWBadgers.com, and read more about the new look.
Oregon is notorious for pushing the envelope when it comes to uniforms, thanks in large part to Phil Knight’s involvement with the school, so it’s no surprise the Ducks will be sporting a head-turning look when they take on Big Ten champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. Nike recently released Oregon’s latest duds, and they are conversation starters, to say the least. There is a Darth Vader-like shiny black helmet, there are black wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and so much more you must see. See a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of LostLettermen.com.
The Minnesota football team will have a different look for the 2012 season. The Gophers unveiled new helmets Monday and also will release new uniforms, designed by Nike, in mid-January, according to GopherSports.com’s story. Minnesota will debut the new digs in its 2012 season opener, Sept. 1 at UNLV. See a picture of the front of the new helmet here, a picture of the back of the new helmet here and a picture of the side of the new helmet here. Or view the complete gallery, courtesy of GopherSports.com.
Earlier this season, Michigan wore special uniforms against Notre Dame for the first night game at Michigan Stadium (see the uniform!) and did so again when it played at rival Michigan State (see the uniform!), so it should come as no surprise it will unveil another alternate jersey for the Sugar Bowl. Adidas recently designed several new “Legacy”-type Michigan duds and the Wolverine seniors selected their favorite style (see AnnArbor.com’s story & detailed portrait!), which they will wear next month against Virginia Tech, the school confirmed Tuesday.
Every Big Ten basketball court will have a different look for the 2011-12 season, whether it be the new B1G logo, the addition of the semi-circle under the basket or the elimination of the women’s 3-point line, but at least a handful have undergone other makeovers. The floors at Illinois’ Assembly Hall, Carver-Haweye Arena, Crisler Arena, Welsh-Ryan Arena and Mackey Arena will feature new looks when the season tips Friday. Watch a feature on Illinois’ new court now and see all the new designs in this post.
As college basketball fans know well by now, Michigan State will play top-ranked North Carolina on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Friday night in the inaugural Carrier Classic. What college basketball fans may not know is that Michigan State will wear camo uniforms for the highly anticipated Veterans Day game. Watch the Big Ten Pulse’s interview with Michigan State’s Tom Izzo now and see the Spartans model the special uniforms in a MSUSpartanAthletics YouTube video in this post.
With Veterans Day next week, the Iowa football team will honor the military in Saturday’s game against Michigan at noon ET on ESPN. The helmet features Iowa’s tigerhawk logo on the right side, in red and white and blue, instead of the usual gold, and it will be all black on the left side (see the helmet) in honor of all branches of military who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Michigan State and Ohio State’s much-anticipated Nike Pro Combat Uniforms were released Tuesday morning. You can see and read about Michigan State’s here and Ohio State’s here. And check out all the teams’ Pro Combat uniforms here. Thanks to Phil Knight, a huge Oregon donor, and Nike, these futuristic and often silly uniforms remain a part of today’s game. Some people love them, some people hate them. It really depends on whether you’re old-school or new-school.