NCAA Sneaker Watch // Sweet 16 Brand Breakdown
words // Brandon Richard
After an exciting week of college hoop action, the field of 68 has been narrowed down to 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Sweet 16 tips off this Thursday, with games being played in Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Arlington and Washington DC. To get you ready for the next round, we're giving you a school-by-school breakdown of the uniform and sneaker brands each team is wearing this season.
As usual, Nike Basketball and its affiliate Jordan Brand hold a decisive advantage in the field, outfitting 11 of the 16 remaining teams. Oregon, Michigan State, Duke, Arizona, Ohio State, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Syracuse and Miami all wear Nike uniforms and sneakers. Marquette is the lone official Jordan Brand school in the mix, while surprising Wichita State has a unique arrangement in which the team pays for its Jordan uniforms.
Next up is adidas Basketball, who brings four schools into this week. Louisville, Kansas, Michigan and Indiana are all suited up in 3-Stripes and we may see more 'Impact Camo' as we near the championship game.
Holding things down for Under Armour is upset-minded La Salle, who topped Ole Miss last night to advance.
Read through for a closer look at each Sweet 16 team and some of the sneakers worn by star players thus far. March Madness resumes this Thursday at 7:47 p.m. EST.
Louisville - adidas Basketball
Russ Smith - adidas Rose 3.5 'Away'
Gorgui Dieng - adidas Rose 773
Peyton Siva - adidas Crazyquick
Oregon - Nike Basketball
EJ Singler - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk
Damyean Dotson - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk
Johnathan Loyd - Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low
Michigan State - Nike Basketball
Keith Appling - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk Low
Adreian Payne - Nike Hyperdunk 2011
Denzel Washington - Nike Hyperdisruptor
Duke - Nike Basketball
Seth Curry - Nike LeBron X
Quinn Cook - Nike KD V
Rasheed Sulaimon - Nike LeBron X
Wichita State - Jordan Brand / Nike Basketball
Cleanthony Early - Air Jordan Retro 11 Black/Red
Carl Hall - Nike Kobe 8 System "Sulfur"
Malcolm Armstead - Air Jordan Retro 14 "Last Shot"
Tekele Cotton - Nike Air Flight One
La Salle - Under Armour
Ramon Galloway - Under Armour Spine Bionic
Tyreek Duren - Under Armour Charge BB
Tyrone Garland - Under Armour Micro G Torch
Arizona - Nike Basketball
Mark Lyons - Air Jordan Retro 14 "Last Shot"
Solomon Hill - Nike Kobe VI
Nick Johnson - Air Jordan Retro 11 "Concord"
Ohio State - Nike Basketball
Deshaun Thomas - Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer
Aaron Craft - Nike Zoom Soldier VI
Lenzelle Smith Jr. - Air Jordan Retro 11 Black/Red
LaQuinton Ross - Nike LeBron X
Kansas - adidas Basketball
Ben McLemore - adidas adizero Ghost 2
Jeff Withey - adidas Crazy Fast
Travis Releford - adidas adizero Crazy Light
Michigan - adidas Basketball
Trey Burke - adidas Crazy Fast
Tim Hardway Jr. - adidas adizero Crazy Light 2
Nik Stauskas - adidas Crazy Fast
Florida - Nike Basketball
Mike Rosario - Nike Kobe VI "Camo"
Kenny Boynton - Nike Kobe VI "Purple Gradient"
Patric Young - Nike Hyperdisruptor
Florida Gulf Coast - Nike Basketball
Brett Comer - Nike Air Max Barkley
Bernard Thompson - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk Low
Dajuan Graf - Nike Kobe VI "Grinch"
Indiana - adidas Basketball
Cody Zeller - adidas Rose 773
Victor Oladipo - adidas adizero Crazy Light 2
Christian Watford - adidas Crazy Fast
Syracuse - Nike Basketball
CJ Fair - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk
Brandon Triche - Jordan CP3.VI
Rakeem Christmas - Air Jordan Retro 5 "Wolf Grey"
Marquette - Jordan Brand
Vander Blue - Air Jordan Retro 13 "Squadron Blue"
Davante Gardner - Air Jordan XX8
Jamil Wilson - Jordan CP3.VI