Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Georgetown Court-Design Contest

Via Uni-Watch, Georgetown University has been holding a contest to re-design its basketball court. Members of the public were invited to submit designs, with the deadline two days ago (May 31). The Georgetown athletics website shows 43 submissions. I can't say that I find any of them superb. You can click on each of the thumbnail versions to enlarge them. If you look at Design 26 (in the seventh row, second one from the left), you'll see that it features larger-than-life images of former coach John Thompson signaling a play to his team. Some of the submissions feature images of Washington, DC landmarks and monuments, but nearby George Washington University already has such a design.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

NCAA Women's Final Four Court in Tampa, FL

The women's Final Four is underway and, as usual, the women's court has a more adventurous design than the men's (which is not a tough standard to beat). Whether or not an intentional reference to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, the court's main feature is a depiction of rays of the sun, emanating from center-court in different shades of shellac. There are also palm-tree leaves painted in the corners. A third unique feature involves purple boxes in the keys, like rubber-stamp designs, saying "FOUR It All" (these are hard to read, except when there's a backboard-camera view of a free-throw attempt). Here's a photo of the court tweeted by Jeff Spiegel.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ESPN 30-for-30 Shorts Video on Milwaukee Mecca "M" Floor

ESPN's 30-for-30 documentary series has a "Shorts" episode on the Milwaukee Bucks' Mecca "M" floor of the 1970s and '80s. I didn't know of the episode until tonight, when it re-aired. The original air date, I've learned, was July 1, 2014. One thing I learned from the video is that the floor was covered entirely in paint, with no natural wood showing; there were yellowish areas that looked like wood, though. The video, which runs 13:54 in duration, can be viewed here.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Conference Tournaments 2015

The forces of uniformity appear to be advancing. Nearly every conference-tournament court I've seen features the conference logo at center-court.There are some small flourishes here and there, such as the American Athletic Conference's light stars against the blue keys, but not much else.

Anyone noticed anything interesting?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Illinois Court, Murray State's Unique Keys

I missed this change when it was first announced, but I see from today's Indiana at Illinois game that the Fighting Illini have a new court that includes painted-in orange keys and blue lettering. A schematic of the new court is available here. The previous design, which almost entirely banished the blue, is shown here.

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The Murray State (Kentucky) Racers, seemingly in keeping with their horse-racing theme, have a diamond-based design in the keys, similar to what might appear on jockey silks. Based on this video clip, I've created the following schematic.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CBS Sports Classic in Chicago

So, CBS Sports is hosting a doubleheader at Chicago's United Center, featuring Ohio State vs. North Carolina and UCLA vs. Kentucky.Wow. I've never seen a court design like this! Note also, along the baselines, how the first "S" in "Sports" looks like it extends from the out-of-bounds area onto the in-bounds part of the court. Could make it difficult for the refs to determine if the ball is in or out of bounds in that area.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Uni Watch's 2014-15 College Basketball Preview

In addition to reviewing new developments in its specialty area, uniforms, this year's Uni Watch college-basketball preview also lists several schools featuring new court designs this season (some of which have already been discussed at the present site).