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Nike, Ducks Inspire New Basketball Court Designs

After Oregon Mimics Boise State, Other Basketball Programs Follow Suit

Have you seen the recently unveiled Matthew Knight Arena, bequeathed to the University of Oregon by their sugar daddy, Uncle Phil? Some basketball naturalists have cried foul, claiming the Ducks’ new floor is a home field advantage worse even than Boise State. Others praise its storied roots in the history of Oregon.

Matthew Knight Arena

Home field advantage, indeed!

But others (like yours truly) are still on the fence. Yeah, the court looks awesome, but is that worth completely hiding the half-court line? However, the shiny alpine tree line is a great alternative to the dismal court that dwells inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

So, only time will tell how Oregon fares.

That being said, if imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, then consider Oregon buttered up! While we wait to see how other teams handle the Ducks’ new pond, I wanted to see how other schools might achieve the same sort of “advantage.” If Oregon can grace its fans with visions of the neighboring landscape, then what’s to stop, say, the University of Miami, Louisiana State, Hawaii, Nebraska or even Arizona?

Nike, take note: I’ve done your homework for you.

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Now featured on Yahoo! Sports: Eight Oregon-style court designs that may make you go blind

UPDATE #1 (02/09 11:00 p.m.): NOW ADDED: Louisville and Colorado.

UPDATE #2 (02/10 1:47 p.m.): NOW ADDED: UNLV

I’ve received some awesome feedback from friends today as to what looks good and what doesn’t. I find that incredibly humorous as I created all these designs to look as gaudy and ugly as I could. After all, isn’t that what Nike did for Oregon? So when some people tell me that the Hawaii court looks hideous, I just laugh and say, “Duh!” They’re all supposed to look bad. That is why I started this project, to see how other schools might screw up their own basketball courts.

But the best part is that I’ve heard people actually LIKE some of the courts. I did not see that one coming, especially since these were made in jest. So there you go.

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI  |  Coral Gables, Florida

Miami Basketball Court

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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY  |  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU Basketball Court

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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII  |  Mānoa, Hawaii

Hawaii Basketball Court

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA |  Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska Basketball Court

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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA  |  Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Basketball Court

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LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY  |  Louisville, Kentucky

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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADOBoulder, Colorado

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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA – LAS VEGAS Las Vegas, Nevada


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