After the historic win over the University of Virginia, players of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County or UMBC received limited edition Under Armour shoes courtesy of Stephen Curry.
The official Twitter account of UMBC uploaded a photo of the players opening up the boxes. The post read, “Thanks to @StephenCurry30 for hooking @UMBC_MBB up with unreleased shoes and new swag for tonight’s game! #curry5 #RetrieverNation @UnderArmour @UMBCAthletics.”
According to ESPN, the Curry 5s were already released on shelves on limited quantities so UMBC was wrong in claiming that they were unreleased. UMBC has an exclusive deal with Under Armour for the athletes’ gear, and that contract will expire this year.
There’s no money involved in the agreement. The school will still pay for the shoes and apparel from the shoe brand although it gets huge discounts. In return, the school should carry Under Armour’s logo on the uniforms and other merchandise.
However, the new shoes didn’t help the UMBC in continuing their improbable run to the Sweet 16 as they fell before the Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday on a score of 50-43.
It’s not even due entirely to the Wildcats’ defense as the Retrievers were ice-cold from the field. UMBC were led by Jairus Lyles who scored a measly 12 points, along with six rebounds. Guard K.J. Maura, meanwhile, scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist. Nobody else broke double-digit points.
The Retrievers still seemed hungover from the huge win over the University of Virginia as they turned the ball over 17 times. The Wildcats, who won over Creighton without their star Dean Wade, also were not careful with the ball as they had 18 turnovers.
In the end, Kansas State survived the ugly match as they relied on Barry Brown (18 points) and Makol Mawein (11 points) to shoulder the scoring load because they were still missing Wade.