March Madness

Love ’em or hate ’em, Adidas’s camo-infused college basketball uni’s made major waves a few weeks ago, as six decked-out teams (Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, Notre Dame and Cincinnati) prepped for the post-season. (Read an article about the controversial jerseys—with insights from GQ Editor Will Welch and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos, among others—here.)

Most teams ditched the loud kits (or at least calmed them down) once March Madness commenced last week. But whether you’re on the court, at the gym, or just kicking back with your flat-screen to watch Sweet Sixteen games play out today and tomorrow, you can show your own true colors with the Adidas ‘Edge Camo’ shorts below. (Click images to shop.)


Two of the original six camo-clad teams remain in the tournament. Watch them both tomorrow (Friday, March 29): Louisville faces Oregon (a school that’s used to making headlines for its style endeavors) at 7:15pm (ET) on CBS, while Kansas takes on Michigan at 7:37pm (ET) on TBS. With odds for both games extremely close, you might need to set up two TVs in your living room—or at least fire up that ‘PIP’ function on your remote.

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On the eve of March Madness, we could do something creative like pit clothing items against each other in a fantasy tournament for style supremacy. (Our money would be on the Tennessee Raw Denims. Or maybe the Michigan Wolverine Boots.) But corny jokes aside, we’d rather just remind you to get your college basketball predictions in order, because brackets are due tomorrow (Thursday, 3/21) by 12:15 EST.

While betting actual US currency amongst your friends, family, and office frenemies is of dubious legality, wagering for a year’s worth of bragging rights is not. And, despite our better judgment (because it will reduce our own chances of winning), we’ll also encourage you to visit our friends at Shipley & Halmos, where you can enter their March Mayhem Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

Below are a few classic photos of college players to inspire you while you ponder your bracket picks. Good luck, and may the best team win. (We’ll be pulling for home-state heroes Gonzaga. Go Zags.)


Michael Jordan


Charles Barkley


Jerry Lucas


Larry Johnson


Oscar Robertson


Allen Iverson


Julius Erving, aka Dr. J


Clyde Drexler


Lew Alcindor (before he was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)


“Pistol” Pete Maravich


David Robinson


Artis Gilmore


Earvin “Magic” Johnson


Patrick Ewing


Wilt Chamberlain


Michigan’s infamous “Fab Five”:
Ray Jackson, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King.

 

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…And fill out your bracket, invite friends to compete and more at ESPN.com.

 
 
 

[First photo: Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson vs. Larry Bird in the 1979 Championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State, by James Drake via Sports Illustrated. Remaining photos via GQ.com, except Michael Jordan via, Larry Johnson via, Allen Iverson via, David Robinson via, Patrick Ewing via, Michigan Fab Five via. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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