Nebraska basketball has its new Nebrasketball court for the new era of Husker hoops. To be fair, I don't think the new court had anything to do with also having a coaching change, it was probably just time for some new hardwood, but it makes for synergistic timing nonetheless. Let's just start fresh across the board.
Two weeks ago, Nebraska put four potential court designs up for a fan vote. All four featured what I'd call a more classic aesthetic. Gone is the two-tone wood, in is a colored key, just like the courts of just about every NBA game I watched in the late-1980s. Zig when others zag towards all-over sublimated designs. I always enjoy contrarian strategies.
There were two key questions for Husker fans to answer here: 1) iron-N or script-Huskers at midcourt, and 2) state outline or no state outline. Unsurprisingly, script-plus-state won.
🗳 FAN V🏀TE 🗳
19,000 votes on Twitter +
21,000 votes on Facebook
…we have a winner.
See you and Court 3 at @PinnacleArena next season! Thank you all for participating.#GBR pic.twitter.com/HswWojtXcl
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) April 15, 2019
Now, script-Huskers is not my favorite retro logo––in fact, the opposite––but I've accepted I'm in the minority on that. This is my favorite retro logo (entry No. 4) and despite some strong write-in support it was never one of the options.
— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) April 1, 2019
That being the case, pairing an 80s/90s logo with a court that reminds me somewhat of the heyday of my NBA watching years works fairly well. (For the record, best NBA courts from the years I was watching everything on various SportsChannel regional outlets via a giant satellite dish: Portland, Clippers, San Antonio, Orlando.)
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- JUCO defensive lineman Jahkeem Green committed to the Huskers last night.
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- Greg Smith caught up with Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts following his visit over the weekend. (Premium)
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.