As you're well aware, Billy Gillispie's second UK basketball squad will debut new uniforms this season. Some teams tweak the look, which might include color schemes, all for marketing purposes. But it seems the Wildcats have added a new twist, if not classy touch to the new threads.
UK and Nike have designed the new uniforms to pay homage to two names synonymous with the Bluegrass: Secretariat and Bill Keightley.
A checkered pattern is included in the uniforms, which was inspired by the racing silks of Penny Chenery's Meadow Stable. The checkerboard is also visible on the waistband, where inside seven of the eight boxes are the years of UK's national championships. The empty square symbolizes UK's quest for an 8th title.
The "K" in Kentucky, which stretches across the chest of the jersey, is a different color, in honor of Keightley. The longtime UK equipment manager passed away earlier this year.
A black patch on the right shoulder of each jersey is emblazoned with "Mr. Wildcat," another reference to Keightley.
The uniforms are form fitting and include new technology, both in design and material. UK is the first college team in the country to incorporate Nike's innovations.
While I really like both the home and road uniforms, I'm not too crazy about the shoes, which are blue and worn with blue socks.
Nonethess, recruits should like the new uniforms and fans will at least recognize the attempts by the university to combine basketball, the state's passion, with Kentucky's major industry, horse racing.
Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.
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