CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina will wear an alternate away uniform design for Saturday's game at Miami, donning Carolina Blue Nike Hyper Elite jerseys and shorts as one of a select group of schools to wear commemorative uniforms on a one-time basis this season.
On the jersey, the "NC" logo is centered on the chest in a style reminiscent of the jerseys worn by the 1999-2000 Tar Heels. The logo, numbers and lettering on the front and back of the jerseys are navy blue with white piping. The team is also slated to wear a Hyper Elite warm-up hoody for the first time.
According to Nike, the Hyper Elite line offers "lightweight performance through sustainable materials. The short is made of 100% recycled polyester while the jersey is made from at least 96% recycled polyester -- an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform."
Gonzaga, Michigan State, Baylor, Villanova, Southern California and Ohio State already have revealed their new designs. Coming up:
- North Carolina Tar Heels: Feb. 9
- Stanford Cardinal (Women): Feb. 15
- Georgetown Hoyas: Feb. 15
- Kentucky Wildcats: Feb. 16
- Duke Blue Devils: Feb. 16
- Texas Longhorns: Feb. 16
- Connecticut Huskies (Women): March 4
Saturday's design follows several other special, one-time uniforms worn by the Tar Heels in recent years. In 2005 against Virginia, Carolina wore throwbacks based on the 1980s UNC uniforms. Three times during the 100 Years of Carolina Basketball celebration in 2009-10, UNC wore uniforms based on those of the 1957 NCAA championship team.
In 2010, the Tar Heels wore silver uniforms against Florida State in the Smith Center. Last year's team wore special uniforms twice, including a blue camoflauge design for the Carrier Classic against Michigan State and a sliver design against Maryland that was the home version of the Hyper Elite uniform being worn this weekend at Miami.
Carolina and the Hurricanes will tip off just after 2 p.m. on Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla.