Duke, North Carolina to wear practice jerseys for anniversary of rivalry

Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday night and a preview at the jerseys for both teams look like glorified practice uniforms.

Saturday night will mark the 100th anniversary of the Duke and North Carolina rivalry on the hardwood and Nike and Jordan Brand tried to elevate both team’s uniforms to resemble what they looked like a century ago.

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Instead, a preview of the uniforms has been released and the jerseys are a glorified practice uniform.

The Blue Devils have released a slew of new jerseys this season, but all include the traditional white, blue, and black colors with the lone exception being the new ‘Brotherhood‘ jerseys with a gothic script and navy blue coloring that might be the best jerseys in the country this season.

North Carolina is also very traditional with its uniforms in a ‘Carolina Blue’ and white that have been around the program for several decades.

Jordan Brand and Nike gave fans a preview of the 2020 jerseys that will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 7, but supporters of both teams haven’t shown admiration for the new threads.

There will be no numbers on the front of the jerseys, but there will be numbers on the back of the jerseys as well as the last name of each player.

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The front of the jerseys includes the logo of each team as well as its sponsor, Nike for Duke and Jordan Brand for North Carolina, while the back of each jersey will have the gold tag which represents the number of NCAA National Championships both teams have won.

Duke and North Carolina will display its new uniforms when the two teams meet on Saturday, February 8 at 6:00pm EST on ESPN with ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasting from the Dean Dome at 11:00am EST.