words // Brandon Richard
This week, 68 of the nation's top college basketball programs will begin the road to the Final Four as the 2014 NCAA Tournament tips off. Not only is March Madness arguably the most exciting event of the year for sports fans, but it provides a fair amount of intrigue to sneakerheads as well. With a national stage and a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, teams and players often make sure they're suited up in their best gear for the tournament. That gear happens to include footwear, which may be at its peak in terms of overall quality on the collegiate level.
Today's college basketball players have more sneaker options than ever. Not only are they wearing team models, but they're being treated to exclusive colorways of signature shoes. This season, we've seen the Kobe 8, KD 6, LeBron 11, D Rose 4, Melo M10 and CP3.VII hit as much college hardwood as the NBA. Will team shoes soon be phased out of the college game?
Before the basketball sneaker boom, shoes were viewed as just another part of the college uniform. Models such as Converse's Chuck Taylor All Star in the 60s and adidas' Pro Model in the 70s served their purpose, but it was really Nike's introduction of colle...