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Nike Strengthens Grip As Top Provider For NCAA Men's Tourney Teams

Nike once again is by far the top shoe and jersey provider for the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament, with the company earning back some of its market share after seeing declines the last two years. Nike and its affiliated Jordan Brand outfit 47 teams for both jerseys and shoes (Texas Southern wears Russell Athletic jerseys and Nike shoes). That is up from 40 teams last season and an increase of 14.6% from the 41 schools it sponsored in '16. Meanwhile, Under Armour and Adidas both sponsor 10 teams in the tourney this year. UA's number represents a small drop from 12 schools last year after steadily climbing from 10 in '16 and six in '15. Adidas saw its on-court fortunes decrease in a big way, as its figure for jerseys and shoes in the field this year is down from 15 schools in '17.

SOUTH SCHOOL JERSEY/SHOES MIDWEST SCHOOL JERSEY/SHOES
1) Virginia Nike/Nike 1) Kansas Adidas/Adidas
2) Cincinnati

Under Armour/
Under Armour

2) Duke Nike/Nike
3) Tennessee Nike/Nike 3) Michigan State Nike/Nike
4) Arizona Nike/Nike 4) Auburn Under Armour/
Under Armour
5) Kentucky Nike/Nike 5) Clemson Nike/Nike
6) Miami Adidas/Adidas 6) TCU Nike/Nike
7) Nevada Nike/Nike 7) Rhode Island Adidas/Adidas
8) Creighton Nike/Nike 8) Seton Hall Under Armour/
Under Armour
9) Kansas State Nike/Nike 9) N.C. State Adidas/Adidas
10) Texas Nike/Nike 10) Oklahoma Nike/Nike
11) Loyola-Chicago Nike/Nike 11) Arizona State Adidas/Adidas
12) Davidson Nike/Nike 11) Syracuse Nike/Nike
13) Buffalo Nike/Nike 12) New Mexico State Under Armour/
Under Armour
14) Wright State Nike/Nike 13) Charleston Nike/Nike
15) Georgia State Under Armour/
Under Armour
14) Bucknell Adidas/Adidas
16) UMBC Under Armour/
Under Armour
15) Iona Adidas/Adidas
      16) Penn Nike/Nike
WEST SCHOOL JERSEY/SHOES EAST SCHOOL JERSEY/SHOES
1) Xavier Nike/Nike 1) Villanova Nike/Nike
2) North Carolina Jordan/Jordan 2) Purdue Nike/Nike
3) Michigan Jordan/Jordan 3) Texas Tech Under Armour/
Under Armour
4) Gonzaga Nike/Nike 4) Wichita State Nike/
NIke
5) Ohio State Nike/Nike 5) West Virginia Nike/Nike
6) Houston Nike/Nike 6) Florida Nike/Nike
7) Texas A&M Adidas/Adidas 7) Arkansas Nike/Nike
8) Missouri Nike/Nike 8) Virginia Tech Nike/Nike
9) Florida State Nike/Nike 9) Alabama Nike/Nike
10) Providence Nike/Nike 10) Butler Nike/Nike
11) San Diego State Nike/Nike 11) St. Bonaventure Adidas/Adidas
12) South Dakota State Under Armour/
Under Armour
11) UCLA Under Armour/
Under Armour
13) UNC Greensboro Nike/Nike 12) Murray State Nike/Nike
14) Montana Nike/Nike 13) Marshall Nike/Nike
15) Lipscomb Nike/Nike 14) S.F. Austin Under Armour/
Under Armour
16) N.C. Central Nike/Nike 15) CSU Fullerton Nike/Nike
16) Texas Southern Russell/Nike 16) LIU Brooklyn Adidas/Adidas
      16) Radford Nike/Nike
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