College basketball programs can be defined by their famous uniforms. But in too many instances, the threads are changed when they shouldn’t. That’s why we take a look at the Top 10 retro uniforms from college basketball’s past.
10. Utah: Keith Van Horn Era
Utah’s old uniforms, worn during the Keith Van Horn era, cannot go any higher on this list because we definitely could do without the shorts that look like someone dropped a bucket of red paint on them. But Van Horn – the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft – conjures up memories of the feather-and-drum uniforms worked into the “U” in “Utah” that made the team truly Utes. Unfortunately, we may never again see the uniforms, logo or school’s nickname ever again. How sad.
9. Loyola Marymount: Hank Gathers Era
On the surface, the combination of red jerseys and baby-blue numbering shouldn’t go together. But for some reason, the look perfectly fit the Loyola Marymount teams from the Hank Gathers era that weren’t like any other squads. They scored at an outrageous pace under Paul Westhead and made it all the way to the Elite Eight in 1990 – the same season Gathers collapsed and died during the West Coast Conference tournament. Gathers’ running mate, Bo Kimble, was a red-and-blue blur, and that’s how it should have been.
8. Pitt: Script Lettering
There’s a hard and fast fashion rule by which everyone should abide: Never wear anything that looks like it came from the 1980s. Well, there’s an exception to every rule. We would absolutely endorse anyone who would wear Pitt’s uniforms with mustard script writing. In fact, the memorable cursive “Pitt” that cascaded across the chest is timeless. Judging by the name of this blog, Panthers fan never forgot their team’s best look that was napalmed when the school changed its look in 1997 and switched from the mustard look to “Vegas gold.”