The Kentucky Wildcats currently have a uniform contract with Nike. We have 23 basketball uniforms in our database for the Kentucky Wildcats and are working to add more to Uniform Critics. Feel free to contact us with any uniform designs for this team that we may be missing.
Bluebloods in the Bluegrass.
Kentucky’s classic royal blue and white make up is one of the most recognizable combinations in collegiate athletics, easily the top scheme on the hardwood in the SEC.
Kentucky has worn white uniforms with blue trim at home for decades with the inverse on the road. The Wildcats’ current uniform design debuted in 2010, adding thick side panels to shorts that stretched from bottom to mid-thigh. Enlarged “UK” primary logos rested on top of the panels. Shoulder stripes were replaced with simple contrasting colors on the collar and armpits.
Kentucky’s Nike Hyper Elite Platinum series in 2012 included a shimmery all-gray alternate with blue and white accents. The uniforms are specifically designed for nine NCAA Championship teams that won national titles wearing Nike footwear and apparel. The team’s Hyper Elite shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the uniform features laser-cut bonded logos. Nameplates on the backs of jerseys are located below the numeral instead of above. That area has been replaced by stars.
The Wildcats were one of 11 swoosh-sponsored teams during the 2012-13 season to don Nike’s “large logo” alternate road uniforms, a look that first appeared 13 years ago. In place of the school’s traditional “KENTUCKY” wordmark was the Wildcats’ primary interlocking “UK” logo.
In the 1990s, Kentucky experimented with a variety of shorts that included “scratch marks” on each leg. The Wildcats donned shimmery black home alternates in 2009 with royal blue and white accents. One of most unique uniforms in Kentucky’s rich basketball history was worn during its 1996 run to the program’s sixth national title.
Sponsored by Converse, the Wildcats sported a denim road look with thick white accents and heavy blocked numbers. In the modern Nike era, Kentucky’s checkerboard waistband at the drawstrings is one of the get up’s most distinguishable details.