Watch 30 For 30’s ‘Untucked’ And Learn About The Evolution Of The Basketball Jersey

03.18.14 4 years ago 3 Comments

Marquette 30 for 30 shorts 2

Supposedly, ESPN’s most recent 30 For 30 on the original Big East Conference is pretty damn good and worth the watch.

But if you’re short on time (the thing’s two hours), you’re in luck. The network also released a 30 For 30 short that details a current Big East program, its legendary former coach and that program’s impact on the basketball jersey game. “Untucked” uncovers how Al McGuire’s 1977 Marquette squad not only transformed the way college teams were perceived off the court but on it, as the squad used their eccentric, free-wheeling personalities to concoct an “untucked” jersey en route to a national championship.

You won’t see the top in the above or below picture, but watch the flick to grok it. Designed by star player Bo Ellis, the uni had a tailored but not-too-slim fit that Ellis made to wear always outside the shorts. Ellis claimed it increased player mobility and was created in response to the too tight uniforms they were forced to wear in the mid-70s.

Marquette 30 for 30 shorts

The NCAA eventually banned it–whatever–but another Marquette uniform from the era (below) inspired the kits the team wears now.

If Bo’s looks familiar, you’re not alone. Street labels like Pyrex and Hood By Air have designs that look mighty similar to Ellis’ jerseys. We’ll assume it’s all coincidence, but chalk up a W for Ellis and Marquette for being prescient on their streetwear over 30 years ago.

Watch the whole thing below.

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