After previously refusing to take part in Adidas’s postseason uniform rollouts, Indiana will actually make a uniform change for this year’s Big Ten Tournament and only for that event.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said IU has been working closely with Adidas on the design and agreed to take part because the uniforms are not that much different than their standard uniforms. The jerseys will actually be crimson and cream instead of varsity red and white, the home white jerseys will say “Hoosiers,” instead of Indiana and the words “Hurryin’ Hoosiers will be written on the waist band.
“We’re really excited about it,” athletic director Fred Glass said. “We think it’s a really good blend of old and new. And I feel like we are kind of the Hurryin’ Hoosiers again under Coach Crean, even though we weren’t so much in the Knight era, so I think it’s cool to have that on the waist band. We’ve been working with Adidas on this for a long time.”
The release from IU follows.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU Athletics and adidas have partnered to pay tribute to the unique history of IU basketball with special edition “Hurryin’ Hoosiers” Made In March basketball uniforms that will be worn at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 13th. These uniforms feature IU’s traditional cream and crimson color scheme, with the fabled “Hurryin’ Hoosiers” nickname placed on the inside collar of each jersey and on the back of the shorts. These Made in March uniforms will be worn exclusively during the Big Ten Tournament.
“Our players are excited to have something that will be unique to their time at Indiana,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Great traditions like the candy stripe pants, the script Indiana, and the names not being on the back of their jerseys, are timeless and we are proud to uphold those every day.”
The collection was created to provide the Hoosiers with adidas’ most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges of the intense play of March.
“Particularly given that our current style of play is reminiscent of the “Hurryin’ Hoosier” teams of the great Branch McCracken era, it is highly appropriate for our team to don these uniforms as a fun meld of our beloved and storied tradition with cutting edge design and uniform technology,” said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “It is no secret that we have shied away from special uniforms that depart dramatically from our traditional look. We are so appreciative to adidas for working with us to develop these fun and exciting, yet tradition-based uniforms,” said Glass.
Made in March Uniforms feature a functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool as the clock winds down. adidas’ quick-drying jersey technology found in current NBA uniforms along with ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side, move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry during as players sweat.