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in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kicks Analysis 2017 #6: The Final Four

One down, and I’m surprised (as well as bummed since that’s the end of my bracket). Kansas and Adidas are out, leaving Nike with Gonzaga, North Carolina, and Oregon. Under Armour is still scrapping on then backs of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #5: Elite 8

In the Elite 8 of 2016, both Adidas and Under Armour are barely hanging on with one team each (Kansas for Adidas and Notre Dame for Under Armour). All the rest (Virginia, Syracuse, Oregon, Oklahoma, Villanova, and North Caroline) don the swoosh. From a numbers standpoint, this works out to 75% Nike and 12.5% each […]

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during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kicks Analysis 2016 #4: Shoes of Champions

All players want to be guards. That’s been a known fact for years especially in the kicks world where big man shoes just don’t sell. I can’t name a popular big man shoe in recent history… maybe Dwight Howard’s signature Adidas? See my point? Even the role of the big man is being redefined with […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #3: Sweet 16

The Sweet Sixteen of 2016 looks like this: Virginia Iowa St. Gonzaga Syracuse Oregon Duke Texas A&M Oklahoma Kansas Maryland Miami (FL) Villanova North Carolina Indiana Notre Dame Wisconsin Nike has 9 of the 16 teams for 56%. Adidas has 5 teams for 31%, and Under Armour has the remaining 12.5%. Nike is almost even to […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #2a: Seed Sponsorship

Like 2015, the top seeded teams for each region are broken out to three Nike teams (Virginia, North Carolina, and Oregon) and one Adidas (Kansas). Under Armour’s highest seeded team is Utah at #3 in the Midwest region. Hawaii is ranked #13 in the South, but the lowest seeded UA team is S.F. Austin at […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #2: Conference Sponsorships

Parity seems to be the theme with the 2016 selections from the basketball conferences. The power conferences checked in with 7 bids each with all the mid majors represented by their respective conference tournament winners. The American and Atlantic 10 had three teams. The Big East wasn’t as big as other conferences with five selections. […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #1: Shoe Sponsorship

Well, well, well. Will you look at that. There’s another player in the game. Don’t get me wrong, Nike still dominates the field of 64 with 40 teams (62%), and Adidas has a respectable 22% of the field with 14 teams. So what about that remaining 16%? Ten March Madness dancers wore Under Armour shoes. […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #8: The Champ

All it takes is 4.7 seconds to go from Air Jordan XX9s to Kyrie 2s for the win. Tarheel Marcus Paige’s hit a miracle double pump three to tie the game with his Air Jordans cavorting in the air. Then as the clock ticked down with 4.7 seconds, Wildcats’ Kris Jenkins launched the game winner […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016 #7: The Finals

Today’s the day that Nike gets another NCAA men’s basketball championship added to its resume. It don’t take no genius to know that Nike has 2016 all wrapped up with North Carolina and Villanova. It was essentially Nike’s game after the Elite 8. During that time, Adidas was represented by Kansas and Under Armour by […]

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Kicks Analysis 2016

Kicks Analysis 2016 Breaking down the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament solely based on kicks.

during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Kicks Analysis 2016 #6: The Final Four

Whoa, what happened to the 2016 Kicks Analysis parts 1-5? Starting at the sixth installment? Well, I have some catching up to do after a #palms16 vacation. So in the meantime, let’s fast forward. The 2016 Final Four was an all Nike affair. Oklahoma was primarily decked out in Kobe Bryant’s signature line in the […]

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Late with Kicks Analysis 2016

Late with Kicks Analysis 2016

Yeah, I know Pulpconnection’s annual analysis of shoes worn by teams making the Big Dance is late. But this year with the University of Hawaii Warriors making the tournament, it’s been a fun ride to watch the madness. As usual, Nike has the preponderance of teams in the tournament, but one of their representatives is […]

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