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Kicks Analysis 2014 #8: The Champ

It was all said and done before tip off as both the Kentucky Wildcats and UConn Huskies laced up Nikes for the title matchup. But the championship kicks of UConn was somewhat surprising. Even with the Jordan-athlete Jesus Shuttlesworth as alumni, Air Jordans (retro or contemporary) were not prevalent. Neither were LeBrons (signature or Soldier) […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #7: The Finals

Or this post could have been titled, “Why Air Jordans Remain Popular.” The Finals of 2014 are a role reversal from 2013 when Adidas locked in a victory. This Saturday, second-seeded Wisconsin and their Adidas was upended by an upstart and Nike-clad Kentucky crew. The Wildcats will take on the Huskies of Nike-sponsored Connecticut later […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #6: The Final Four

The wacky Final Four is set with #8 Kentucky (Nike), #2 Wisconsin (Adidas), #1 Florida (Nike), and #7 Connecticut (Nike) advancing. The odds of a Nike team winning the championship tracks with the original kicks distribution of 70% Nike and 28% Adidas. Can Wisconsin win two more times in the name of Adidas? From a […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #4: Shoes of Champions

As with 2013, sneakers of 2014 continue the bright-is-better theme with matching team colors optional. I think Kentucky has a distinct look with the Wildcats sporting the high tops of the Kobe 9. Baylor’s brightness cannot be ignored especially when your kicks don’t match. The Oregon Ducks have their (un)fair share of cool, custom Nikes […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #5: Elite 8

The Sweet 16 breakdown was 10 Nike and 6 Adidas. From there, one more round leaves a surprising mix of eight that includes a 7th, an 8th, and an 11th seed. All three of these surprises rock the Nike along with three more teams for six of the Elite 8. Michigan and Wisconsin defend the […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #3: Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 of 2014 looks like this: Kentucky (Nike) Louisville (Adidas) Tennessee (Adidas) Michigan (Adidas) Arizona (Nike) San Diego St. (Nike) Baylor (Adidas) Wisconsin (Adidas) Florida (Nike) UCLA (Adidas) Dayton (Nike) Stanford (Nike) Virginia (Nike) Michigan St. (Nike) Iowa St. (Nike) Connecticut (Nike) That’s ten teams for Nike (63%) and six for Adidas (37%). […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #2b: Regional Sponsorships

The Midwest regional is fruitful for Adidas with half the teams sporting the three stripes. Sadly, with even odds, Kentucky’s surprise run as the eighth seed wearing Nike eclipsed the resurgence of Michigan and their Adidas. With knowledge of the Final Four teams, Wisconsin (#2 in the West) is the sole Adidas team still standing. […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #2: Conference Sponsorhips

How’s the sneaker distribution look across the different conferences in 2014? The Big 12 brought the heat this year, leading with seven nods. The Atlantic 10, the ACC, and the Pac-12 also flexed their muscles with six teams each. The Big Ten brought in the most Adidas teams with three (Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Michigan). Had […]

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Kicks Analysis 2014 #1: Shoe Sponsorship

Wait, wait, wait, what’s going on here? On the surface, the kicks sponsorship of this year’s NCAA tournament looks favorable for Nike. Seventy percent of the dancing 64 are adorned with the swoosh, followed distantly by Adidas’28%, and the single team (Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks) with Under Armour. Seventy percent of the teams is darn […]

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