Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 10:49 am  |  10 responses

Photos: UNC and Michigan State’s Military-Inspired 11-11-11 Uniforms

These Nike jerseys, shorts and kicks will be worn tonight.

You probably already know that tonight’s University of North Carolina vs Michigan State contest will take place on an aircraft carrier, but that’s not the only thing that’ll make this tilt a little extra special. The two teams will also be rocking the military-inspired, camouflage-print HyperElite jerseys, shorts and sneakers pictured above. Not only do the outfits pay tribute to veterans, they’re also state-of-the-art in many, many respects. For one, they’re the lightest basketball uniform ever produced, according to a Nike press release. Secondly, they’re literally made from recycled plastic bottles; an average of 36 plastic bottles went into each uniform that’ll be worn, with 17 going into each jersey and 19 going into each pair of shorts.

“We have the utmost respect for the unwavering commitment of our Armed Forces and  are honored to be part of a tremendous tribute to these men and women,” Michigan St. Head Coach Tom Izzo said in a press release. In the same release, UNC Coach Roy Williams added: “We both hold the military in the highest esteem and wanted our teams to reflect this in their game day attire. We also agreed that ‘United We Stand’ was the perfect motto for the game on this Veterans Day.”

The game will air on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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  • LA Huey

    Brad Miller suddenly wants to go back to school.

  • The Wize

    Great, more glamorization of the military. Disgusting.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    come back from the library, hit up some Chipotle, head to the room and watch some b-ball from an air carrier…indeed that is the plan *salivates* @The Wize….c’mon fam “disgusting”….stop overreacting. There’s nothing “disgusting” about paying tribute to those who’ve given up their own civic freedoms with the intention to serve this country. What is disgusting however his how these Nike and UA compression tops and shorts are getting progressively tighter and more flamboyant….Not feeling it

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    and them 8.0 are disgusting too…..in a bad way….a travesty

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    As a fan of the simpler kicks colourways, i have to say the grey/green digi-camo Hyperdunk 2011 is straight up lava. Fantastic look.
    The unis….not so much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Diggin the MSU uni…@ The Wize – Shut the fu(k up

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    ALso, love the colourway on the Hyperdunks…not a big fan of the UNC AJ’s though…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    the msu jerseys are sick, but north carolina should reconsider wearing theirs though.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Playing armies while playing basketball. Could this be any sillier?

  • Dan

    where can i buy the unc jersy and shorts