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Without further ado, the Archive (latest update March 27):
D-Shirted Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-7 guard, Jr., Memphis Classification: Sleeve removal Spotted: March 23 vs. Mississippi State Notes: CDR's trademark was a baggy tee -- until he switched to a smaller one midway through '08, and then ditched it altogether in time for the NCAA tournament, claiming not to be the least bit superstitious.
NCAA Flair Every tournament team Classification: Blue jersey patch Spotted: Omaha, Little Rock, Raleigh ... Notes: The NCAA mandated that all teams in the tournament wear the same jersey badge on their left shoulder, and for UCLA, at least, it matches. For a team like Michigan State or Wazzu, not so much.
Three Shades of Pearl Bruce Pearl, coach, Tennessee Classification: Sartorial diversity Spotted: Over the course of '06-08 Notes: First the orange blazer (right), then the shirtless stunt for a Lady Vols game (left), then this spacesuit/warmup for a recent speech. Pearl has the market cornered on coaching outlandishness.
Perma-tears Tyler Smith, 6-7 forward, Soph., Tennessee Classification: Facial tattoo Spotted: Entire '07-08 season Notes: Smith had these tears tattooed in memory of his late father, Billy, who passed away from lung cancer in September. Billy's illness was the reason Smith left Iowa in '07 and transferred closer to home.
Hair-on-Gody Luke Harangody, 6-8 forward, Soph., Notre Dame Classification: Various-sized buzz-cuts Spotted: March 2 vs. Depaul; March 20 vs. Winthrop Notes: 'Gody's iconic 'do, which was passed down from his father, Dave, is characterized by the fact that it sticks straight out of his head in all directions. The family simply refers to it as "Harangody Hair."
The Lanyard Look Coppin State Eagles Classification: Jersey decoration Spotted: March 15 vs. Morgan State Notes:Julian Conyers and the Eagles are the first 20-loss team to ever make the NCAA tournament -- and they'll likely be the only ones there this year who appear to have CSU lanyards sewn onto their necklines.
Downward-Facing Bulldog A.J. Graves, 6-1 guard, Sr., Butler Classification: Celebration cartwheel Spotted: March 11, after Horizon League title game Notes: Switz City's finest busted a move in honor of the Bulldogs' automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. We doubt Butler was doing flips over the No. 7 seed it got from the selection committee, though.
Jazz-Hands-In-Your-Face D D.J. Augustin, 5-11 guard, Soph., Texas Classification: Creative defensive position Spotted: March 15 in the Big 12 tourney Notes: Augustin tried to fluster Oklahoma's Tyler Griffin with this move in the Big 12 semis -- and at the very least, made him close his eyes. The 'Horns won the game, too, but fell to Kansas on Sunday.
Psycho-Spastic Shuffle Tyler Hansbrough, 6-9 forward, Jr., North Carolina Classification: Celebration dance Spotted: March 15 in ACC semifinals Notes: Hansbrough had good reason to make this flailing display of emotion: He had just hit the game-winning shot, with 0.8 seconds left, to sink Virginia Tech out of both the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
The Cactus Matt Bouldin, 6-5 guard, Soph., Gonzaga Classification: Large 'do Spotted: All season Notes: Bouldin, the Zags' leading scorer as they head into the NCAA tournament, is the only college hoopster who bears at least a mild resemblance to a member of Phish (that would be bassist Mike "Cactus" Gordon).
Lithuanian Artillery Laurynas Mikalauskas, 6-8 forward, Jr., Virginia Classification: Schwarzenegger pose Spotted: March 5 vs. Duke Notes: Mikalauskas gave us perhaps the best single-basket celebration of the year after an and-one play against the Dukies. Not even an elaborate shoulder-and-arm brace could stop him from flexing.
Cinderella Beard Todd Babington, 6-6 guard, Sr., Austin Peay Classification: Facial hair Spotted: March 8 vs. Tennessee State Notes: For a lumberjack, Babington has some decent basketball skills: He scored 24 points while rocking this beard in the Ohio Valley Conference's tourney title game, clinching Peay a spot in the NCAAs.
Major League 'Stache Tony Shaver, coach, William & Mary Classification: Facial hair Spotted: March 9 vs. VCU Notes: Shaver is like a young Lou Brown, sporting a coaching 'stache that exudes authority. While Brown coaxed an underdog to the AL Pennant, though, Shaver came one game short of getting W&M to the NCAAs.
The Chism Tyrone Shelley, 6-6 guard, Fr., Pepperdine Classification: Headgear Spotted: March 7 vs. Portland Notes: Shelley and Tennessee's Wayne Chism both belong to the High-Up school of headband style -- essentially the opposite of UCLA's Lorenzo Mata-Real, who wears his all the way over his ears.
The Red Storm John Bryant, 6-10 center, Jr., Santa Clara Classification: Hirsuteness Spotted: March 9 vs. Gonzaga Notes: Bryant rocks an explosive mop of curls while serving as the Broncos' giant in the post. This puts him on par with Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin -- a Mike Gordon look-a-like -- for the WCC's biggest 'do.
The Sharpie Kevin Love, UCLA/A.J. Price, UConn Classification: Chin-strap facial hair Spotted: Bi-coastally Notes: The stars of Westwood and Storrs have been sporting beards skinny enough to be drawn on with a marker. The look seems to be working, though, as both Love and Price are All-America candidates.
Candy Stripers Tennessee/Indiana Classification: Warmup Pants Spotted: The layup line Notes: The Hoosiers have long been famous for their red-and-white, tear-off trousers, but the Vols -- also sponsored by Adidas -- got into the act this season, rocking throwbacks to the Ray Mears era.
Two-Tieing Van Chancellor, coach, LSU Classification: Neckwear Spotted: Feb. 25 vs. UConn Notes: Chancellor rocked a bow tie at the start of the Lady Tigers' loss to UConn, but ditched it at half for more traditional neckwear. "I will never wear another bow tie as long as I coach," he said.
High-Fashion Goggs Marcus Landry, 6-7 forward, Jr., Wisconsin Classification: Modern Rec Specs Spotted: Feb. 20 at Illinois Notes: Although I still prefer the yellow goggs worn by UCLA's Alfred Aboya earlier this season, Landry has a slick pair of Adidas specs. Basketball eyewear has come a long way since the days of Kurt Rambis.
Kissing Goodbye Drew Neitzel, 6-0 guard, Sr., Michigan State Classification: Center-court smooch Spotted: March 2 vs. Indiana Notes: Neitzel, as well as fellow senior Drew Naymick, made this parting gesture on their final trip off the court on the Spartans' Senior Day. The game itself was a laugher, as State routed Indiana, 103-74.
Eighty-Eights Kansas Jayhawks Classification: Throwback Jerseys Spotted:Feb. 16 vs. Colorado Notes: In an ode to the pre-Trajan era, KU trotted out throwbacks from Danny Manning's national championship team -- and while wearing them, pounded the Buffs, 69-45. Why not keep these on a permanent basis?
Dark Horses USC Trojans Classification: Alternate Jerseys Spotted:Feb. 17 vs. UCLA Notes: USC's "Black Out The Bruins" experiment did not go well: The jerseys were a style flop, and the Trojans played poorly in them, losing 56-45 to their L.A. rivals as star O.J. Mayo scored just four points.
The Cut Of Osiris Osiris Eldridge, 6-3 guard, Soph., Illinois State Classification: Gradual Mohawk Spotted: Feb. 5 vs. Drake Notes: The actual Osiris distinguished himself by having green skin -- and also by being the Egyptian god of life, death and fertility. That's a hard act to follow, but Eldridge is putting in a nice effort with this 'do.
K.S.wiss Indiana Hoosiers Classification: Ousted Coach's Initials Spotted: Feb. 23 vs. Northwestern Notes: The Hoosiers paid their respects to Kelvin Sampson's career by writing his initials on their shoes; he showed them some love by sending them text-messages after they narrowly beat the cellar-dwelling 'Cats.
LeVa Tech Paul Debnam, 6-3 guard, Soph., Virginia Tech Classification: Customized LeBrons Spotted: Feb. 16 at UNC by Zeke Smith Notes: Zeke, a Chapel Hill-based photog, not only nominated Debnam but sent in a photo of the walk-on's VT-emblazoned 'Brons. Other end-of-the bench guys take note: custom kicks will get you some Style pub.
Lumberjack From Down Under Aron Baynes, 6-10 center, Jr., Wash. State Classification: Woodsman/Williamsburg Beard Spotted: Feb. 7 vs. UCLA Notes: Baynes, the Cougars' temperamental center, recently began sporting this scraggly beard. Whether the Aussie is doing it for warmth or hipster cred, or if it's merely a result of hygienic neglect, we do not know.
DeanDome Dancin' Danny Green, 6-6 forward, Jr., North Carolina Classification: Pregame dance ritual Spotted: Feb. 6 vs. Duke Notes: The main reason Green doesn't start at Carolina, I think, is so he can do this dance while House of Pain's Jump Around blares from the Smith Center speakers right before tip. It's become something of a UNC tradition.
De-Dreaded Deron Washington, 6-7 forward, Sr., Virginia Tech Classification: Haircut Spotted: Feb. 5 at N.C. State Notes: The night before the Hokies beat Virginia on Feb. 2, Washington had his girlfriend and a teammate chop off his trademark dreadlocks and give him a mohawk in their place. "I wanted to shock everybody," he said.
Tylenol Flu Daytime Mouthpiece Trevon Hughes, 6-0 guard, Soph., Wisconsin Classification: Bi-colored mouthpiece Spotted: Jan. 31 vs. Indiana Notes: I'm not sure if I gave this entry the best name ... but when Hughes smiles, it looks like he has a Tylenol Flu Gelcap across his front teeth. This must've looked great with the Badgers' striped retro socks.
Marian Blues Dayton Flyers Classification: Additional jersey logo Spotted: Jan. 16 vs. UMass Notes: The first time the Flyers experimented with this retro look -- a baby blue that may have been an ode to the dome on their famous Marian Library -- they watched a 13-game winning streak come to an end.
The Fanucci/Wolfe/Greene Suit Rick Pitino, coach, Louisville Classification: All-white coaching attire Spotted: Feb. 9 vs. Georgetown Notes: As part of the Cards' "White Out" promotion, Pitino wore this getup -- but ditched it at halftime, claiming it was a casualty of a spilled soda. With its coach back in black, the 'Ville pulled off a comeback win.
Pimpin'eer Bob Huggins, coach, West Virginia Classification: Yellow suit Spotted: Jan. 30 vs. Cincinnati Notes: Huggs went all-out for his first coaching appearance against his former employer, sporting this crazy suit and matching shoes. He didn't get the desired result on the floor, however: WVU was blown out 62-39.
Sweater Vested Pat Knight, coach, Texas Tech Classification: O'Reilly Auto Parts Coachingwear Spotted: Feb. 9 at Nebraska Notes: Pat's ascension to the Red Raiders' head job moves the sweater vest, an increasingly rare sideline style, back into the forefront. The Son of Bob is well on his way to becoming the Jim Tressel of college basketball.
Thinking Pink Essence Carson, 6-0 guard, Sr., Rutgers Classification: Spotted: Feb. 11 at Tennessee Notes: Carson and the Scarlet Knights wore pink uniforms -- and even pink Nikes -- for their narrow loss to the Volunteers. It was part of a "Think Pink" campaign that's aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness.
The Air Gordon Tee Eric Gordon, 6-4 guard, Fr., Indiana Classification: Baggy undershirt Spotted: Feb. 10 at Ohio State Notes: The Hoosiers' influx of t-shirt-wearing rookies -- Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis and Jordan Crawford -- caused senior star D.J. White to cut off his sleeves. This oversized look has become Gordon's trademark.
Natty Nebraska Steve Harley, 5-11 guard, Jr., Nebraska Classification: Massive Dreadlocks Spotted: Jan. 12 vs. Kansas Notes: Harley, a juco All-America last season at South Plains College, brought some flavor with him to Lincoln. His overwhelming hirsuteness makes up for the fact that the Huskers' best player, Aleks Maric, has no hair.
Thick-Hawk Omar Samhan, 6-11 center, Soph., St. Mary's Classification: Mohawk Variation Spotted: Jan. 5 at Texas Notes: The raggedy haircut Sahman sports in his St. Mary's bio makes him look like a metal-band roadie. This ultra-thick mohawk is more appropriate for the court, where he's been averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 boards.
All-Blacks N.C. State Wolfpack Classification: Team-wide black socks Spotted: Jan. 12 at North Carolina Notes: With woeful ACC record, the Wolfpack aren't exactly reviving the Fab Five in terms of quality basketball -- but they are delivering an ode to the old Michigan teams by wearing all-black socks with their black kicks.
Mr. Untucked DeAndre Jordan, 7-0 center, Fr., Texas A&M Classification: Dense beard Spotted: Jan. 12 vs. Colorado Notes: Jordan has the nation's best field-goal percentage at 75.3, but there are two things he doesn't do well: shoot free throws (he hits only 36.1 percent) and keep his jersey tucked in. It's always out ... and it looks awful.
Shoulder U Miami Hurricanes Classification: Additional jersey logo Spotted: Jan. 12 vs. Georgia Tech Notes: The iconic "U" logo isn't just for football helmets. During their 14-1 run to start this season, the 'Canes have worn it on the left shoulder of their Nike jerseys, opposite the requisite U.S. flag on the right shoulder.
Blaze Orange Oliver Purnell, coach, Clemson Classification: School-colored coaching jacket Spotted: Jan. 6 vs. North Carolina Notes: Was this rented -- sans tophat -- off the set of Dumb and Dumber? A game between the Tigers and Tennessee, with Purnell and Bruce Pearl both in their orange blazers, would set coaching fashion back 20 years.
Sideline Sit-in Kevin Stallings, coach, Vanderbilt Classification: Defeated posture Spotted: Jan. 12 at Kentucky Notes: Under the NCAA's new rules of decorum, leaving the coaching box warrants a technical ... but sitting down within it does not. This was Stallings' reaction to the 'Dores' first loss, in double-overtime at Rupp Arena.
Buckled Down Mike Deane, coach, Wagner Classification: Actual bench seatbelt Spotted: All Wagner games Notes: Credit goes to SI.com's Kevin Armstrong for first telling the story of Deane's strapped-in protest in a Jan. 7 column. Deane might be onto something here, considering his history of stellar conduct on the sideline.
The Baron Kenny Williams, 6-8 forward, Sr., Ole Miss Classification: Dense beard Spotted: Jan. 9 at Tennessee Notes: Williams is part of the Rebs' physical front line, and his roughage suggests he's trying to be the Baron Davis of the SEC. But at 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, Williams is unlikely to be mistaken for B.D. anytime soon.
Barbershop Art Chris Howard, 6-3 guard, Soph., South Florida Classification: Shaved-In Designs Spotted: Every Bulls home game Notes: Howard hits up his barber -- a dude named "Elvis" at Miracles in Motion in Tampa -- before each home game for a fresh design. South Florida even saw fit to post a Cuttin' it with Chris video on its official Web site.
U, Us, Muss Utah Runnin' Utes Classification: Ode-to-tradition Shorts Spotted: Dec. 31 vs. Gonzaga Notes: A fine way to honor one's student section. The "Muss" in U, Us, Muss stands for Mighty Utah Student Section. Muss also appears in the Utes' fight song: No other gang of college men dare meet us in a muss.
Bein' Easy Mike Beasley, 6-10 forward, Fr., Kansas State Classification: Custom kicks Spotted: Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame Notes: K-State has no shoe unity -- nearly every player wears a different pair of swooshes -- and Beasley has gone the NikeID route. His nickname, "B Easy," and number, 30, are stitched on the inner sides of his kicks.
Wavy Greivy Greivis Vasquez, 6-6 guard, Soph., Maryland Classification: Facial artistry Spotted: Dec. 12 vs. Ohio by Mr. Irrelevant Notes: "Greivis Vasquez has curious facial hair" was the title of Jamie Mottram's blog post on this questionable fashion statement. Vasquez needs to switch to Russell Westbrook's barber and improve on the details.
Juice Monsta O.J. Mayo, 6-5 guard, Fr., USC Classification: Customized kicks Spotted: Dec. 4 vs. Memphis Notes: Mayo, like Beasley, used NikeID, lettering the straps across the front of his cardinal, gold and white kicks with the words "Juice Monsta." Now will he stick with the swoosh when he signs his first shoe deal in '08?
Derek Obama Barack Obama, 6-1 1/2 Democrat, '08 Presidential race Classification: Jumpman Jeter Vital shoes Spotted: Dec. 24 in SI's Gallery Notes: Posters on the NikeTalk message board ID'd Obama's shoes -- worn in his one-on-one battle with SI's S.L. Price -- as the latest Derek Jeter Jordans. Obama also wore his wedding band during the game.
Where's Waldo Wisconsin? Wisconsin Badgers Classification: Throwback jerseys, socks Spotted: Dec. 3 vs. Wofford Notes: The Badgers honored their 1941 national title team by wearing throwbacks, complete with high, striped socks. Of the leggings, coach Bo Ryan said, "I don't think you'd have a striped-sock fan club started around here."
Greyer Sooner Oklahoma Sooners Classification: Alternate jersey Spotted: Dec. 29 vs. West Virginia Notes: The Sooners debuted these jerseys on Dec. 5 in an 81-55 win over Tulsa. The light-grey look also brought OU luck on Saturday in Charleston, W.V., as it upset the ranked Mountaineers in double overtime.
Little Allen A.J. Abrams, 5-11 guard, Jr., Texas Classification: Iverson Sleeve Spotted: Nov. 24 vs. Tennessee Notes: Teammate D.J. Augustin likes to joke with Abrams about his Iverson obsession; he wears No. 3 and the arm sleeve, but can't sport the actual Iverson shoes ... because Texas is a Nike school.
A&M Memento Billy Gillispie, coach, Kentucky Classification: Belt buckle Spotted: Nov. 6 vs. Central Arkansas Notes: Gillispie wasn't rocking his favorite Texas A&M belt buckle for the Wildcats' game against UNC on Dec. 1, but fans noticed it earlier in the season. The diamond- encrusted UK buckle, presumably, is still in production.
Samurai Dreads Tweety Carter, 5-10 guard, Soph., Baylor Classification: Warrior 'Do Spotted: Nov. 30 vs. Washington State Notes: The Bears' shortest player gets a couple of inches taller by going with this look. Carter's grandmother nicknamed him "Tweety" for the way he cried as a baby, which, come to think of it, isn't a very samurai-like characteristic.
The Neitzel Jonathan Tavernari, 6-6 forward, Soph., BYU Classification: Bald dome Spotted: Nov. 24 vs. North Carolina Notes: While his BYU bio shot still shows a buzz cut, the Cougars' Brazilian shooting star is one of the few players -- along with Michigan State's Drew Neitzel -- going for the slick-dome look in '07-08.
Hoya Albus Georgetown Hoyas Classification: Alternate jersey Spotted: Dec. 1 vs. Fairfield Notes: The Hoyas, who traditionally go with gray at home and navy blue on the road, did not fare particularly well in their experiment with white: They fell behind lowly Fairfield in the second half before rallying to win.
Air Es Salaam Hasheem Thabeet, 7-3 center, Soph., UConn Classification: NikeID customized kicks Spotted: Nov. 15 vs. Gardner-Webb Notes: The Dar Es Salaam-born Thabeet sported these custom, 25th-anniversary Air Force Ones during the opening game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden, but ditched them for the finale.
The Bron"X" Gavin Grant, 6-8 forward, Sr., N.C. State Classification: Arms Sign Spotted: Nov. 25 vs. Villanova Notes: Grant, a Bronx native, flashed this on ESPN immediately after hitting the game-winning free throw against 'Nova in the Old Spice Classic final. Of the home-town shout-out, Grant said, "Loyalty is priceless."
American Made Joey Dorsey, 6-9 forward, Sr., Memphis Classification: Team USA socks Spotted: Nov. 16 vs. UConn Notes: Dorsey made the U.S. Pan American Games team this summer, playing in Brazil on Jay Wright's fifth-place squad. And apparently Joey likes the U.S. socks ... because he's still wearing them.
High-Fashion Rec-Specs Alfred Aboya, 6-8 forward, Jr., UCLA Classification: Protective Eyewear Spotted: Dec. 2 vs. Texas Notes: Aboya fractured an orbital bone below his right eye in a game against Yale on Nov. 24, but didn't miss a game with the injury. He returned sporting a pair of goggles that would earn Mystery's approval.
Trajan Invasion Kansas Jayhawks Classification: Jersey font change Spotted: Nov. 25 vs. Arizona Notes: KU paid what Brandon Rush called "a pretty penny" -- $88,900, to be exact -- to switch its classic jersey font to Trajan this offseason. This spawned at KU fan to launch a "Trajan Sucks" Web site.
Super Mario 'Stache Nedim Pajevic, 6-9 forward, Sr., UCSB Classification: College hoops' greatest mustache Spotted: Nov. 11 at Stanford Notes: With Virginia's Jason Cain gone, someone needed to assume the mustache throne. That man is the Sarajevo-born Pajevic, who, according to his bio, also has a leg scar from grenade shrapnel.
Flaming Point Guard Russell Westbrook, 6-3 guard, Soph., UCLA Classification: Scalp Design Spotted: by UCLA student Erkki Corpuz Notes: Westbrook told the L.A. Times that this is called the "Flaming Mohawk." It's also the best cut we've seen this season -- and right up with Levon Kendall's "Vanilla" look in the Archive's greatest 'dos.
The Yellow Tie Billy Gillispie, coach, Kentucky Classification: Arm and leg sleeves Spotted: Oct. 31 vs. Pikeville College Notes: In his exhibition-game debut at Kentucky, Gillispie made the seemingly innocuous decision to wear a yellow tie -- prompting a number of Wildcats fans to question why he wasn't wearing blue.
Texas Longpants D.J. Augustin, 6-0 guard, Soph., Texas Classification: Ultra-long game shorts Spotted: Nov. 12 vs. UTSA Notes: The length of Augustin's trunks has expanded along with his role as a scorer in Year 1 post-Durant. The shorts don't seem to be hindering the 'Horns' PG, as he scored 19 points in their first win.
Gap-toothed Acronym UCLA Bruins Classification: Commemorative Jersey Spotted: Nov. 12 vs. Youngstown State Notes: UCLA is the first school to win 100 NCAA championships, and it's commemorating it by making the "C" in the Bruins' jerseys gold. An outline was added after the first edition received poor reviews.
Retro-Checkers Marquette Golden Eagles Classification: Classic jersey trim Spotted: Nov. 10 vs. IUPUI Notes: Marquette parted ways with Nike and now wears alum Dwyane Wade's Converse line. Along with customized D-Wade kicks, the Golden Eagles switched their jerseys to an Al McGuire-era look.
Fully Covered O.J. Mayo, 6-5 guard, Fr., USC Classification: Arm and leg sleeves Spotted: Nov. 10 vs. Mercer Notes: Mayo decided to armor up for his regular-season debut, sporting black sleeves on his arms and legs against Mercer. He scored 32 points, but wasn't particularly impressive, as USC lost by 15.
Only OJ Mayo could score 32 points and not look impressive. you guys are ridiculous with this OJ Mayo hate....the guy is good, and he's a freshman. don't tell me he's an old freshman either, bc tyler hansborough was an even older freshman when he came out and you guys never complained about him.
Unfortunately the Super Mario 'Stache has been shaved. Before it was though, it took on a life of its own, with fans wearing cut-out 'Staches to UCSB home games, and when it was rumored that the 'Stache might be shaved a Facebook page was dedicated/named "Save The 'Stache".
Osiris Eldridge of Illinois State has a whole head mohawk. Oh-yeah, he's also one of the best sophmores in college hoops. Missouri Valley Freshman of the year last year. He's the real deal! Lets see a picture. Better yet, we need to see some of the 6-2" guards dunks! They are spectacular!
As a Bruin fan, I really actually like the new jerseys. I didn't like pictures of it, but in person, it actually looks good. Plus, for away games, the letters, which are usually white, were all changed to gold except for the "C", which remains white. Also, I really like Russell Westbrook's mohawk. He cut it a couple of weeks ago.
Big man Steven Hill down here in Fayetteville is growing his hippie caveman look back out for the Razorbacks. You should keep an eye on it to see if he totally wolfs out by the time the SEC Tournament rolls around.