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Northwestern hoops unveils new unis that were created by players

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Northwestern's new uniforms. (USATSI)
The unis were designed by Wildcats players. (All images via Northwestern's Facebook page)

This is what happens when you put a survey on a uniform.

Under Armour has created new threads for Northwestern basketball, and they basically look like one of those wall decor things you can buy for $14.99 at TJ Maxx. They're eye-grabbing in their ornateness. From the Chicago skyline to musical notes to team slogans like "POUND THE ROCK" and "Family, Brotherhood and Trust" and "Eh! Eh! Eh!" That last one is apparently rallying cry in the pregame huddle for these currently 7-9 Northwestern Wildcats.

And of course you can see the "BY THE PLAYER" as the name plate, and so since the joke writes itself, let's just move on.

It's is like looking at a Highlights illustration. We've got "ZZZZZZZZZZZ Refresh," the word "EXCUSES" with an X slapped over it. I think that's a spatula I see. I KNOW there's a BBQ pit, somehow, in the mix. Hmm, what else. I spot a Nintendo controller (?), an "EXIT" sign (??), the circle-arrow graphic for page-refresh on a Web browser (????), a hashtag (natch), I think Strong Bad might be depicted near the bottom of the shorts, and if that's the case, I take back all snark displayed above.

No mention of the NCAA tournament can be found on the uniforms, so far as I can find.

Some people have already expressed some displeasure. On the school's Facebook page, two comments left were, "How about getting rid of the parachutes and bringing back shorts?" and, "These are brutal. And that's coming from an alum."

Let's take a few other peeks at the unis.

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