We alerted you a couple weeks back to the seven schools who were picked to don throwback unis in February.
All of the threads were spectacular. But there's something about these Syracuse ones -- which the team will wear only once, in the team's game Wednesday against Boston College -- that seem special. That cursive print, the sturdy block number. The looped shoulders and contrasting shorts color. The shorts have those bold two-toned trim lines as well. It's really a great look.
There's no chance SU opts to permanently go back to this look, but how great would it be if that was the case?
According to Nike, Boeheim "took pride in working with Nike Basketball to revive classic elements of past uniforms."
That's the neat thing about these: They aren't purely a throwback uni from a certain season. It's a combo effort, and so we've essentially got a new uniform that looks like an old uniform. Per Nike, this cursive-across-the-front look was implemented in 1984, Pearl Washington's freshman year. Washington is expected to attend BC vs. Cuse Wednesday night.
The shorts are in the style of what SU wore during its 2002-03 title season.
"The short has been re-engineered to flex with the player as he makes roughly 1,000 cuts or directional changes during the course of his game," per Nike. "Laser-perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling. The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform."
Rarely do differing dark-on-dark colors work in a basketball uniform, but this is the exception.
All photos via Nike, and a hat itp to SB Nation for passing them along.