The Michigan State basketball program will wear throwback uniforms against Maryland on Saturday (6 p.m. on ESPN) to commemorate its most recent national championship.
Aside from the Nike swoosh and the patch in honor of Zachary “Smoothie” Winston — the late brother of guard Cassius Winston — the throwback uniforms are an exact replica of what the Spartans wore during their 89-76 win over Florida in the 2000 NCAA Tournament final.
Originally designed by Reebok, the asymmetrical uniforms feature Michigan State’s arched banner wordmark across the chest and a Greek key pattern for trim. The jersey uses an ornate number font, while the shorts prominently display the Spartan logo on one side and the Block “S” inside a contrasting panel on the other.
Michigan State, interestingly enough, is one of a handful of schools with a national championship to its name that is forced to wear a silver tab on the back collar of its jersey rather than a gold tab. That’s because the latter is only reserved for those schools who won a title while outfitted by Nike, and both of the Spartans’ championships (1979 and 2000) predate that relationship.
The program has six Final Four appearances since then, though, hence the silver tab.
Photo via @MSU_Basketball on Twitter.