PORTLAND, Ore. –Baylor men's basketball will wear specially designed adidas uniforms in postseason play for the third consecutive season. The Bears will debut the new look at the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship, which begins March 12 in Kansas City.
The Made in March uniforms feature the "Sic ‘em Bears" rally cry across the chest and printed on the inside collar of each jersey. The army green coloring will be used exclusively for March and pays homage to Baylor's strong military history. Baylor is the only known university to have two former student-athletes awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
John "Killer" Kane, BA '28, was a Baylor football and basketball player who survived the train crash that claimed the lives of the "Immortal Ten." Kane earned his Medal of Honor as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, where he led Operation Tidal Wave, which became the most highly-decorated single engagement in the nation's history.
Jack Lummus, BSEd '41, played football, basketball and baseball at Baylor. He led a platoon of Marines on Iwo Jima, where he stepped on a land mine and lost both legs, but continued to lead his platoon to knock out several pockets of Japanese fire, which proved a vital part of the U.S. victory. Lummus died of his wounds shortly after the battle.
Baylor basketball has also built a strong relationship with nearby Fort Hood. The Bears visited the 4th Sustainment Brigade for two days prior to the 2012-13 season, and the Bears have recognized soldiers from the Brigade at all conference home games this season.
Made in March uniforms feature a functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool as the clock winds down. Adidas' quick-drying jersey technology found in current NBA uniforms along with ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side, move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry as players sweat. The jersey sleeves include armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitate free range of motion for the arms and shoulders during shooting and dribbling.
The collection was created to provide the Bears with adidas' most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.