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Is Kansas Wearing Sleeved Jerseys for the NCAA Tournament?

Adidas teams will have the option (probably) of wearing short sleeved jerseys in the NCAA Tournament

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According to Sports Business Daily, eight men's basketball teams sponsored by Adidas will wear the short sleeved jerseys similar to the ones worn by the Golden State Warriors in a recent NBA game. Michigan and NC State have already said they won't be wearing them, which means we are running out of room for enough Adidas sponsored NCAA Tournament quality teams without Kansas becoming involved.

The jerseys, aesthetically speaking, look fine to me. It is a bit weird to see a sleeved basketball uniform, but functionallythe jerseys are lighter than traditional ones, they have moisture absorbing fabric, and the sleeves are made so that they don't get in the way of a jumper (supposedly).

They will probably draw scorn from fans who don't want players playing in what is basically a T shirt (especially because tucking in a T shirt makes someone look really weird) but no Warriors players complained about how they looked or felt when they played in it, so good enough for me. Even if they do look ridiculous, I don't really care about that: I am mostly concerned with Kansas all of a sudden being given jerseys and told to give them a test drive during the NCAA tournament. It could mess up their shooting, or it could just be a convenient excuse if they are bounced early from the tournament. I don't think it would be the end of the world to see Kansas in them, but I would prefer the status quo.