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2/26/2008 10:49:00 PM

Style Archive Update No. 9

This is the season's ninth update of the Style Archive, a museum of college hoops fashion that featured 44 exhibits in 2006-07 and is back open for '07-08.

Readers are encouraged to make nominations in the comments or by sending an e-mail to hoopstylesi@gmail.com, and will get credit for successful suggestions. Pictures are welcome.

Without further ado, the Archive (latest update Feb. 27; full Archive can be found here):

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 Greek god of life, death and fertility. That's a hard act to follow, but Eldridge is putting in a nice effort with this 'do.

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.


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