While Nike hasn't offered outright confirmation, one has to believe that the change of the game's location played a role in its decision to not released an All-Star pack this season. More evidence that the brand had a North Carolina tribute in the works comes in these two quickstrike releases from the Sportswear category.

Two mid-90s classics, the Air Max2 Uptempo 94 and Air Max Uptempo 97 are releasing in UNC-inspired University Blue and white colorways for next week's festivities. Both pairs feature boldly colored nubuck uppers and contrasting white soles — a simple, but effective salute to the Tar Heel state.

Select retailers will release this pack next Saturday, Feb. 18. Sneaker Politics will launch online at 11 a.m. CST and at its New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette Locations.

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