Auburn and Texas Tech are two of the best stories in college basketball this season. Both programs advanced to the first Final Fours in school history this year — the Red Raiders rode the nation’s nastiest defense and potential lottery pick Jarrett Culver, while the Tigers are lightning quick on both ends of the floor, pushing the tempo on offense and forcing mistakes on defense.
We won’t get to see them face off unless they topple Michigan State and Virginia on Saturday, but watching two non-traditional basketball schools play with a championship on the line would be quite a sight. The two programs share another bond, as both are sponsored by Under Armour. To celebrate their Final Four berths, the most famous basketball player on Under Armour’s roster decided to hook them up with special colorways of his newest sneakers.
Steph Curry doled out pairs of Curry 6s to both programs. The Red Raiders received theirs during a team meeting in which Curry, in a pre-recorded video, told them they’re getting the Working on Excellence colorway of the kicks.
“You’ve had amazing success to this point, but always strive for greatness, strive for more things, bigger and better opportunities out there,” Curry said in the video. “We’re working on excellence with every opportunity that we have in front of us. I hope you wear this shoe with pride, go out there, get it done, have fun doing it, and we’ll be watching and rooting for you guys the whole way.”
The colorway appears to be a simple black and white, but they’re still pretty sharp.
Auburn, meanwhile, had theirs waiting for them in a room with some other gear. The oohs and aahs filled the room as they saw what they’ll have on their feet, the Curry 6 Underrated Story.
“This kind of embodies what you guys have done to this point,” Curry said. “You’re a five-seed taking down the big time teams in the tournament. We’re all underrated but we’re beating expectations with you guys in the Final Four.”
This is already a really special run for both programs, and no matter when it ends, getting new kicks and a motivational message from a two-time NBA MVP adds to that.