Notch another one for Team Swoosh. With Duke’s 68 to 63 victory over Wisconsin, a team wearing Nike shoes has now won 14 of the last 17 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments. That’s an impressive 82% winning percentage dating back to 1999.
1999 Connecticut (Nike)
2000 Michigan State (Reebok Answers)
2001 Duke (Nike)
2002 Maryland (Nike Shox Stunners)
2003 Syracuse (Nike Shox)
2004 Connecticut (Nike Lebron Zoom Generation and Air Force Operates)
2005 North Carolina (Nike Retro Jordan X)
2006 Florida (Nike)
2007 Florida (Nike)
2008 Kansas (Adidas)
2009 North Carolina (Nike)
2010 Duke (Nike)
2011 Connecticut (Nike)
2012 Kentucky (Nike)
2013 Louisville (Adidas)
2014 Connecticut (Nike Kobe 8 or Venomenon)
2015 Duke (Nike)
The Blue Devils wore all kinds of Nikes on the night of the Finals. I spy the 2015 Hyperrev, a Kyrie 1, and most impressively, a custom “universe” Lebron 10 on the feet of guard Quinn Cook. So much for my sentiment about not seeing LeBrons in the tournament.
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) March 14, 2015
Congratulations to Duke for yet another championship, capping off One Shining Moment.