UCLA basketball doesn’t really have a rivalry with USC hoops, but whenever the two squads meet, the fan-bases get riled up.
One of the more fun things that UCLA athletics enjoys doing in its teams’ tilts with the Trojans is switch up the jerseys a bit. Last year, the football team rolled out sexy, but ill-timed, all white jerseys against USC. Those jerseys will never be worn again because the Bruins lost 50-0, but it’s the general consensus that they were indeed good looks.
This year? UCLA hoops is rolling out alternate, all-blue jerseys. Check ‘em out:
At first, it was believed that the all-blue uniforms would be similar to that worn by NBA teams on Christmas day, much like the Lakers’ alternate uniforms.
That’s not what happened this time, though, with the blue lettering being a darker shade of blue than the base color, which is a punchy blue, not unlike the jerseys worn by UCLA’s football team.
Accompanying the use of these jerseys is a push for a “blue out,” by UCLA athletics From the mothership:
Looking to give the Bruins a home court advantage, UCLA is encouraging its fans to WEAR BLUE in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday. The Bruins will wear alternate all-blue uniforms, designed and developed by adidas. The new uniforms feature solid color blocking of team logos and a shimmer finish for a bold on-court look.
Of course, we’re not sure that pushing a “blue out” at home is a good thing. Fans should be wearing blue to games at Pauley no matter what, although perhaps this is an indictment of the fans who aren’t students (who pack the student section with their Den t-shirts) that wear suits and jackets to every game.
We’re also not too sure that these are things that need to be promoted against USC, a team that’s been terrible for quite some time. Perhaps the program should’ve pushed this during the Arizona game, which is coming up in a few games at Pauley.
Critique aside, the jerseys are really sexy and we look forward to seein’ ‘em in action.