Gonzaga will be back in turquoise for Monday’s season opener.
For the fourth time since 2015, the Bulldogs will take to the stage in teal jerseys and shorts as they participate in Nike’s N7 initiative celebrating Native American Heritage Month. The color symbolizes friendship and brotherhood in Native American culture.
Nike has selected a handful of college basketball programs to host N7 games in the past, normally selecting schools in areas rich in Native American history. Four Native American tribes surround the Spokane area and there are 29 in total in Washington State.
The nickname “N7” comes from Native American wisdom of seven generations, according to a school press release.
Gonzaga wears the turquoise uniforms for a good cause, but they’ve also been auspicious. The Bulldogs have won all three N7 games they have appeared in, and by an average margin of almost 40 points.
Gonzaga first donned the uniform in 2015 in a 91-52 win over Northern Arizona. The following year, the Bulldogs donned turquoise uniforms in a 109-70 victory over Bryant. Most recently, Gonzaga donned the uniform in a blowout 120-79 win over Idaho State.
The Bulldogs’ former turquoise jerseys featured navy collars and classic white “Zags” script across the chest, along with white numbers. The yarns GU will debut against North Florida resemble the Bulldogs’ Navy road uniforms, featuring “Gonzaga” across the chest in red and white lettering, and white numbers with red trim.
Unlike the old turquoise uniforms, the jerseys and shorts Gonzaga will wear on Monday feature red trim on the collar and red piping in several places.
Gonzaga, who normally alternates between white, navy, gray and black jerseys during the regular season, could wear seven different uniforms this year. In addition to Monday’s turquoise N7 uniforms, the Zags will wear special-edition camo uniforms for Friday’s Armed Forces Classic against Michigan State. Chances are the Zags will be outfitted in special uniforms for the PK85 Invitational – an event named after Nike founder Phil Knight – later this month in Portland.