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Posted on July 01 2016

Retro College Cuts Becomes 19nine

19nine is happy to announce the acquisition of the brand formerly known as Retro College Cuts. Like 19nine, Retro College Cuts was started by a couple of friends (Mike Dzik and Michael Melcher) based off the idea that they could create something that they couldn’t find on the market today...retro college basketball shorts.

Founded out of New York City and Philadelphia, Retro College Cuts launched in July 2011 after both owners realized that there was a market for this product – authentic, throwback shorts with that thicker, heavier, quality feel.

“People get nostalgic when they see a piece of clothing from a past great team,” says Mike. “We kind of call ourselves ‘cultural anthropologists.’ We go out and we dig. We try to bring back these artifacts that are associated with these great teams. And for us, that’s what resonates with the customer.”

“It just was cool,” says Mike. “From a design standpoint, I don’t really have a fascination with jerseys. I wasn’t going to get a lot of utility out of wearing a jersey. But I wear shorts to play basketball, I wear shorts to run in, I wear shorts at the gym, I wear shorts around my apartment, and for me it just seems like this was something the market was missing.”

19nine couldn’t agree more, which is why we acquired Retro College Cuts in May of this year. It’s no secret we love college basketball and providing premium vintage sports apparel, making this opportunity a no-brainer.

Through a lot of hard work, patience, sampling and attention to detail, 19nine is proud to offer six pairs of officially licensed retro college basketball shorts for Memphis State University, Butler University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Evansville. As we continue to add licenses, we will continue to add shorts to our collection.

The Shorts

Memphis State 1991-1992

The 1991-92 Memphis State Tigers were led by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, the nation's top recruit.  Larry Finch’s Tigers went 23-11 during the regular season to earn a #6 seed in the Midwest region.  Once there Memphis State defeated Pepperdine, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech before losing to rival Cincinnati in the Elite 8.

Butler Bulldogs 1999-2000

The 1999-2000 Butler Bulldogs were the foundation that built later tournament success and Final Four runs. After going 23-8 and winning the MCC regular season and tournament championships, Butler entered the NCAA Tournament as a #12 seed. Their first round opponent was #5 seed Florida.

With the score tied in the closing seconds, Mike Miller took a pass from guard Teddy Dupay, drove the ball with his right hand down the left side of the lane and popped in a 12-footer that got Florida closer to its eventual first Final Four under coach Billy Donovan.

That game represented a change for Butler as well, from a team that entered the tournament as kind of a victim-in-waiting to one serious about advancing. A year later, under first-year coach Thad Matta, the Bulldogs destroyed Wake Forest in a first-round game, 79-63. They reached the Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2007 before their Final Four breakthrough in 2010 and follow up in 2011.

Indiana Hoosiers 1986-1987

The 1987 Indiana Hoosiers started the season ranked #3 in the country thanks in large part to returning their top three scorers from 1986 (Steve Alford, Ricky Calloway, Daryl Thomas) and adding talented junior college transfers Dean Garrett and Keith Smart. IU finished the regular season with a win over Ohio State to tie with Purdue for the Big Ten title at 15-3.

The Hoosiers entered the NCAA Tournament with a 26-4 record and earned the #1 seed in the Midwest. Fortunately for IU, that meant that the Hoosiers would play every game in their home white uniforms - which they were an undefeated 23-0 in - throughout the tournament.

The Hoosiers beat Fairfield, Auburn, Duke and LSU to make it to the Final Four in New Orleans for the first time since 1981.

Once there, the Hoosiers outran the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in the semifinal to set up a date with the Syracuse Orangemen for the NCAA Championship. Wearing their home whites and putting their undefeated streak of 22 games in those unis on the line, the Hoosiers prevailed in dramatic fashion with a Keith Smart baseline jumper with seconds remaining on the clock.

Michigan State 1978-1979

It remains the most important game in the history of college basketball. Michigan State, wearing their home white uniforms, defeated Indiana State 75-64 to win its first National Championship. Magic Johnson’s 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists earned him Final Four MVP and was enough to overcome Larry Bird's 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists.

The game, played in Salt Lake City, remains the highest rated game in the history of televised college basketball and spawned a rivalry that would captivate the sports world for the next decade in the NBA. It is also credited with ushering in the “modern era” of college basketball.

Evansville Aces 1988-1989

The 1989 Evansville Aces won 25 games, their highest win total since the 29-0 season of 1965. The final victory was the most exciting. Playing on national television in Tucson, Arizona against Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 11th seeded UE dropped behind 6th seed Oregon State 21-10 in the opening nine minutes. The Aces caught up in the second half and won 94-90 in overtime after guard Reed Crafton made a 25-foot shot with 11 seconds remaining, giving Evansville their first victory ever in the Division I men's tournament.

Purdue Boilermakers 1993-1994

The 1993-94 Purdue Boilermakers started the season ranked #21 in the AP Poll. After running off 14 straight wins, they found themselves in the Top 10. They would finish as the Big Ten Champions with a 29-5 record and enter the Southeast Region of the NCAA Tournament as the #1 seed.

They also had one of the best college basketball players ever. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson became the first player since 1978 to lead the Big Ten in scoring (30.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.2) on his way to being selected as the conference’s Player of the Year. He was also unanimously voted as the recipient of the John R. Wooden and Naismith Awards as the nation’s best college basketball player.

While the 1994 season ended in an Elite 8 loss to Duke, it was the beginning of Purdue’s back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Championship run.

More schools coming soon...

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