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).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wyoming and Augustana

Via Uni-Watch, the University of Wyoming will have a new court design. The "7220" on the court apparently is to remind visitors of the altitude of the campus (much greater than the 5280 feet representing one mile). Older designs of the Wyoming court include this and this.

Augustana College (South Dakota) will also have a new floor design.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ESPN.com's 10 Best College Hoops Floors

ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan lists his 10 best college basketball floors (with photos). As you'll see, Brennan goes for traditional, basic court designs.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pelicans' Court to Feature Shellac Backgrounds

An NBA item via Uni-Watch: New Orleans will feature shellac Pelican backgrounds inside the three-point arc, at both ends of the court.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

IUPUI Latest to Feature Skyline Imagery

Via Uni-Watch, the joint Indiana U./Purdue U. campus in Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the latest school to add a city skyline look to its basketball floor.

Friday, September 19, 2014

UC Irvine's Logo Overkill

Via Uni-Watch and Matt Rachmiel, the University of California, Irvine, has a new court design that, as Matt puts it, features "both a large & extra large center court logo."

Readers of this blog will know that I'm generally not a fan of the outsized center-court graphics that have become popular in recent years. This Irvine design is probably one of the worst, in my view. Either of the logos alone -- the blue-and-gold interlocked UCI in the center-circle area or the shellac-based UCI cutting diagonally across the middle portion of the floor -- might have been OK. But, to me, having both is overkill.