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NCAA Basketball Court Concepts (All Teams and Conferences DONE)

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Pennsylvania Quakers

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I think with Penn you should keep the Big Five feel that the Palestra has currently. I am ok with the Penn logo at center court, but maybe include the Big Five logo opposite of the Ivy logo. Possibly even have BIG FIVE along one of the baselines.

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MAC (2nd half)

Kent St Golden Flashes

This one is definitely one of my favorites that I made.

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Miami (OH) Redhawks

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Northern Illinois Huskies

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Ohio Bobcats

As I mentioned in my last post, one of the SB Nation accounts retweeted some of my MAC concepts. The Ohio fans really responded well to my concept for them. The first court is my original concept for them (got 45+ retweets, 55+ favs), but some people wanted me to add a few things. The next 3 I added some different ideas using the Ohio flag (per request) and the last one was using the Ohio flag plus Cutler Hall.

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Toledo Rockets

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Western Michigan Broncos

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My feedback:

Kent St.: Loving the logos coming in to the court!

Miami: Simple, but effective

Northern Illinois: The black might be too much in the center of the court, but that's just me

Ohio: Out of those 5 courts, the last one is my favorite.

Toledo: The center court logo is phenomenal!

Western Michigan: See Miami

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The Kent State court is hands down my new favorite court you made. It's just so cool.

I also really like the oversized logos on the Toldeo court.

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Kent State is very cool, but since part of the logo is the same color as the 3-point line, you'd have to break it up a bit to see the line clearly.

Same thing with painted free-throw lanes; if the color is the same as the boundary line, you have to have space between the boundary line and the lane, so you can see the line clearly.

Most basketball courts have the same rules, you have to clearly see the defined court markings. Any on-court decorations are secondary, and have to be broken up or a different color.

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My feedback:

Kent St.: Loving the logos coming in to the court!

Miami: Simple, but effective

Northern Illinois: The black might be too much in the center of the court, but that's just me

Ohio: Out of those 5 courts, the last one is my favorite.

Toledo: The center court logo is phenomenal!

Western Michigan: See Miami

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like them. I got the idea for the Kent St court from watching the old Iverson era 76ers court with the basketballs coming out of the sideline. Northern Illinois already has a black court so I figured it would be fine to use in the concept (definitely not one of my best).

These look great! Keep up the amazing work!

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The Kent State court is hands down my new favorite court you made. It's just so cool.

I also really like the oversized logos on the Toldeo court.

Thanks. I thought the oversized logo worked really well for Toledo (They seem to make the rocket logo big on everything [field, helmet, etc.]).

Kent State is very cool, but since part of the logo is the same color as the 3-point line, you'd have to break it up a bit to see the line clearly.

Same thing with painted free-throw lanes; if the color is the same as the boundary line, you have to have space between the boundary line and the lane, so you can see the line clearly.

Most basketball courts have the same rules, you have to clearly see the defined court markings. Any on-court decorations are secondary, and have to be broken up or a different color.

Yeah I understand and agree with everything you're saying but I feel it's unnecessary to show in small graphic. Obviously, if these courts were real, the lines intersecting with logos would look something like these (Mavs, Lakers, Bucks) with thin lines to show the markings and not destroy the look of logos and design on the court. If the .PSD template was 2x as big or so, I would probably show more of that detail.

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Regarding the Ohio courts, the top two concepts are definitely better than the bottom three. The color scheme of Ohio's state flag juxtaposed against OU's color scheme is jarring in all three concepts, and unnecessarily clutters the bottom two. I do, however, like the idea of incorporating Cutler Hall in scheme #5 and the school-colored Ohio flag in the key for concept #2.

This concept series has been a joy to follow, and I can't wait to see what you've got in store next.

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I second everything Broncoboy7 said except for the Ohio court. I like the first two Ohio courts (see Moser316's reasoning) but I love the creativeness. Kent State is just phenomenal, and Miami (OH) may be my second favorite of the bunch; I really like that you used white trimmed in red on a black background for the wordmark.

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Marshall- The letters on the baseline seem too small and/or too spaced out.

Old Dominion- Not too sold on the stained court

UTEP- I really like the idea, but it seems like it may be a bit too much. I like what you're going for, though.

UTSA- Only complain is that I don't really like the four roadrunners. I think having one on each side would work (e.g. bottom right and top left)

All the rest look really nice, though! North Texas might be my favorite of the C-USA.

EDIT: I think Hawai'i looks a lot better now. I think that the state silhouette looks a lot more like the state than sweat-stains, so I wouldn't be worried about that.

My only complaint is the blue court for Old Dominion. That just seems like too much, other than that, the UTEP court looks BEAUTIFUL! And the rest look great.

I love all the courts (especially UTEP!) except for Old Dominions blue court and the UTSA birds on the court (UTSA could work, but it needs some editing.)

All 3 of you didn't like the ODU blue stain. Besides completely removing the blue stain, what other suggestions (logo placement, other stains, etc.) do you have for their court? I actually liked the blue stain, so I'm a bit surprised by the comments.

About the UTSA roadrunners on the court, I wanted to included full roadrunner logo on the court but I didn't want to put it in the paint like I did/going to do with some other teams. So I kind of just put them somewhere just to have them on there. I wasn't completely happy with them on there either.

PSUcelticsWON95, the Marshall letters were taken from this wordmark. Can you be more clear about what you meant about UTEP? I took the pickax idea from their current court, but wanted to add more blue to the court. And I agree with you on the Hawaii state silhouette/sweat stain thing, but I never really thought they looked like sweat stains to start with.

Two thumbs up on Southern Miss' court. Louisiana Tech's looks great also, but the women's teams, who also play at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, are called the "Lady Techsters" because when the women's team was started in 1974, coach Sonja Hogg decided not to call the team The Lady Bulldogs because she thought bulldogs were unfeminine and that female dogs were, well, the word she used rhymes with "Witches".

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MEAC (1st half)

I wasn't that consistent with conference logo placement with this conference. I think, if I remember right, I tried to place the logo outside the 3-point line (ex. Coppin St) unless there was too much already going on in that area.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

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Coppin State Eagles

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Delaware State Hornets

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Florida A&M Rattlers

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Hampton Pirates

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Howard Bison

Had this one done before they unveiled their new logos so I thought I would share this with the new one.

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With new logos and colors...

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Not one comment on the 1st half?

MEAC (2nd half)

Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks

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Morgan State Bears

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Norfolk State Spartans

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North Carolina A&T Aggies

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North Carolina Central Eagles

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Savannah State Tigers

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South Carolina State Bulldogs

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BC- I know I've criticized having a logo on top of an oversized and faded logo before, but it works really well here. The only two things I might suggest are using the non-gradient logo and switching the gold and the red on the outside of the court.

Coppin State- Really clean, but I'm not sure how I feel about you coloring the area above the free throw line (Does that part have a name?)

Delaware State- Really pops; the wordmark stands out a lot. Everything on this court works from the colors (and their placements) used to darkening areas of the court.

Florida A&M- I'm fine with the giant logo at midcourt, but I dislike having the snake head in each corner of the court

Hampton- Lovely as hell. The stained blue court is great, the midcourt logo is fantastic, the dark blue sidelines/baselines are beautiful and the wordmark looks great on it. The only thing that looks odd is the sublimated logo in the lane, but only because it looks off-centered due to the length of the sword. Is it against NCAA rules to have the sword extend out of the lane so that way the shield part would be centered? If not, then I'd like to see how that looks.

Howard- Really clean court. I'm glad you went red on blue on the baselines since I feel the red would have been too hard on the eyes. For the second one with the updated logo set, I think it looks sharp as well. I'm glad you didn't go with a red wordmark trimmed in white because I think the wordmark works well as just white on the navy background.

UMES- Nothing too fancy. They don't really have anything too flashy in their logo set, but you worked well with what you had. My only suggestion would be to give them a bolder and blockier font and maybe write "Hawks" and "UMES" in maroon trimmed in silver.

Morgan State- My favorite of the MEAC second half. The logo-on-logo works well here, as does the two-toned court. The wordmark really pops on the baseline and I think going with an orange key was something that made it a little more flashy without going over the top.

Norfolk State- Another team without anything really flashy to offer. I like that you used two different shades of green as I think it gave it some beneficial variance. I also think the font you chose works well with the team.

North Carolina A&T- I really, really like the giant bulldog. I also like that you put the interlocking "AT" logo inside the arch instead of just skipping on a secondary logo altogether. The only thing I'd look to change is the yellow wordmark on a yellow background. It doesn't look bad, but I think yellow on blue would look good.

NCCU- Not a fan of the four eagle heads or the baseline text. I think four heads is too repetitive, so I'd maybe play around with it. I'm trying to think of what positioning would look best with two heads, but nothing comes to mind. Maybe one giant one facing to the right coming from the left 3-point line?

Savannah State- I like the orange-trimmed wordmark on the baseline. I also really like the tiger stripe key.

South Carolina State- Another team without a lot of logo options. The only thing I'd suggest to help would be to try to add something flashier to the text. Whether it be changing the font to changing the colors.

Overall, a solid conference set. There weren't any bad ones, but there were quite a few good ones. I'm excited to see what you have in store for us next!

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BC- I know I've criticized having a logo on top of an oversized and faded logo before, but it works really well here. The only two things I might suggest are using the non-gradient logo and switching the gold and the red on the outside of the court.

Coppin State- Really clean, but I'm not sure how I feel about you coloring the area above the free throw line (Does that part have a name?)

Delaware State- Really pops; the wordmark stands out a lot. Everything on this court works from the colors (and their placements) used to darkening areas of the court.

Florida A&M- I'm fine with the giant logo at midcourt, but I dislike having the snake head in each corner of the court

Hampton- Lovely as hell. The stained blue court is great, the midcourt logo is fantastic, the dark blue sidelines/baselines are beautiful and the wordmark looks great on it. The only thing that looks odd is the sublimated logo in the lane, but only because it looks off-centered due to the length of the sword. Is it against NCAA rules to have the sword extend out of the lane so that way the shield part would be centered? If not, then I'd like to see how that looks.

Howard- Really clean court. I'm glad you went red on blue on the baselines since I feel the red would have been too hard on the eyes. For the second one with the updated logo set, I think it looks sharp as well. I'm glad you didn't go with a red wordmark trimmed in white because I think the wordmark works well as just white on the navy background.

UMES- Nothing too fancy. They don't really have anything too flashy in their logo set, but you worked well with what you had. My only suggestion would be to give them a bolder and blockier font and maybe write "Hawks" and "UMES" in maroon trimmed in silver.

Morgan State- My favorite of the MEAC second half. The logo-on-logo works well here, as does the two-toned court. The wordmark really pops on the baseline and I think going with an orange key was something that made it a little more flashy without going over the top.

Norfolk State- Another team without anything really flashy to offer. I like that you used two different shades of green as I think it gave it some beneficial variance. I also think the font you chose works well with the team.

North Carolina A&T- I really, really like the giant bulldog. I also like that you put the interlocking "AT" logo inside the arch instead of just skipping on a secondary logo altogether. The only thing I'd look to change is the yellow wordmark on a yellow background. It doesn't look bad, but I think yellow on blue would look good.

NCCU- Not a fan of the four eagle heads or the baseline text. I think four heads is too repetitive, so I'd maybe play around with it. I'm trying to think of what positioning would look best with two heads, but nothing comes to mind. Maybe one giant one facing to the right coming from the left 3-point line?

Savannah State- I like the orange-trimmed wordmark on the baseline. I also really like the tiger stripe key.

South Carolina State- Another team without a lot of logo options. The only thing I'd suggest to help would be to try to add something flashier to the text. Whether it be changing the font to changing the colors.

Overall, a solid conference set. There weren't any bad ones, but there were quite a few good ones. I'm excited to see what you have in store for us next!

*BC - The gradient logo is their official primary logo and I haven't found a good quality non-gradient wildcat logo to replace it. I feel if I switch the colors around the court will be too dark but I'll give it a try.

Coppin St - The only name I can think to call it is "the top of the key". Just tried it for something different.

*FAMU - I wasn't sure if the snake head logos in the corner were too much.

*Hampton - I thought the paint logo looked a little weird too. I don't think there's a rule against your idea. I think your suggestion might look odd but I'll try it out and some other ideas I have to fix it.

*UMES - I'll try out some other fonts. It's hard to find fonts for teams that don't have official wordmarks or secondary logos.

*NCAT - I'll try your suggestion for the out-of-bounds area.

*NCCU - I figured it might be too much. I'll mess around with some things.

SCSU - Not sure if there's anything else to do with their current logo set.

* = courts that will be in the next round of updates

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MVC (1st half)

Bradley Braves

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Drake Bulldogs

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Evansville Purple Aces

Just trying something different. First is with purple stain. Second is with normal wood stain.

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Illinois State Redbirds

Trying something different by angling the wood 45 degrees. I've never see a court like this so I'm not sure if they can make it like this. Maybe this might cause the court tiles to warp or something, but I think it looks cool.

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Indiana State Sycamores

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Bradley- The black key seems a little out of place. I think black would be a good addition, so maybe try adding it as a wordmark outline

Drake- Not a fan of the bulldogs on the four corners, but I love the wordmark and the wood design. I'm also glad you used that logo as the midcourt logo.

Evansville- I actually really like the stained design you did. I don't have a preference over which one, though. The colors, wordmark, and logo all look good as well.

Illinois State- Huge fan of the angled wood design! I also like the empty area inside the arc. The baseline wordmarks are really nice as well! My favorite of the bunch!

Indiana State- Really like the wood design and the simplicity of it all.

Can't wait to see what you have in-store for the other five MVC teams!

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MVC (2nd half)

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

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Two other options I made but didn't like as much...

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Missouri State Bears

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Northern Iowa Panthers

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Southern Illinois Salukis

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Wichita State Shockers

Wasn't sure which direction I liked the wheat to be leaning on the baselines so I made 3 options.

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The middle one for Wichita state looks the best! Also I think the shocker mascot guy would look better at mid court then the wsu script

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