GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida men’s basketball team created some buzz this week when it posted a photo to Twitter of the black uniforms it will wear Saturday against Tennessee.
According to the official team site, it will be the first time in six years the Gators wear black uniforms, and at least one player said he hopes it’s not the last time they don that look this season.
”I like them. I think they’re my favorite. I hope we get to wear them more. I hope going down the line we wear them at least three or four more times,” forward Justin Leon said Friday.
This time Saturday. ???⚫️ pic.twitter.com/8w1D4bXPvh
— Gators M-Basketball (@GatorsMBK) January 4, 2017
The No. 24 Gators (11-3, 2-0 SEC) host the Vols (8-6, 1-1) at 5:15 p.m. ET Saturday evening inside Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center.
Former Gators standout Bradley Beal, now with the Washington Wizards, was among the many who reacted positively to the uniforms tease on Twitter.
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) January 4, 2017
— Gators M-Basketball (@GatorsMBK) January 5, 2017
Florida will try to make it a “black out” by passing out black T-shirts to the sold-out crowd.
Uniform tweaks are usually a big hit with players these days, in all sports, and the black look is definitely sleek.
“It’s good because you get the, I don’t know, you get to wear something different,” Leon said. “We’ve been wearing blue, orange and white for the past two years and now we finally have a black set, so it makes us feel good to be able to throw on something different.”