UK to Wear New Nike Hyper Elite Uniforms Against Florida
Feb. 14, 2014
No team in college basketball has more wins (2130) or higher winning percentage (.762) than the University of Kentucky. Its 52 NCAA Tournament appearances and 111 tournament wins are also tops in college basketball and only UCLA has more National Championships than Kentucky (8). It's that great pride, tradition and success that inspired the Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniform that Kentucky will debut on Saturday, February 15 against the University of Florida.
The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance University of Kentucky uniform is inspired by success on the court that stems back all the way to the 1920-1921 season. Known as the "Wonder Team", they won the first ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The uniform also includes inspiration from the 1948-49 team up to the present. The jersey features rounded neckline with bonded taping along with the 1948 "Kentucky" graphics. Top to bottom white color is inspired from the 1921 team. The side of the short included eight bars (one for each championship) along with a short side stripe inspired from Kentucky's first championship. The school's current UK logo is present at the bottom of the short.
Nike created the uniforms with performance and innovation at the forefront. The jersey has a lightweight sphere fabrication, with flocking detail added at the interior of the neck for sweat management. The jersey features a unique articulated armhole system to maximize the range of motion for the player.
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. Laser perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling for the player. 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.