The designs range from the conservative to the forward-thinking to the downright ridiculous, with this number -- the purple court with the white 3-point area -- falling squarely into the latter category. Of course, there are upsides to having a ridiculous court. Oregon, for its part, parlayed its kind-of-cool-but-mostly-silly "Tall Firs" court into a mess of national attention (and a nonexistent 3-point line). The Wildcats could probably use that kind of profile boost, however fleeting it may seem.
But an all-purple floor? Could you even watch that on TV? Would you want to?
Anyway, you've got to give Northwestern credit for making this process somewhat democratic. It's a scary thing, democracy. All it takes is a few hilarious college kids, and next thing you know, a "Star Wars" character is your school's mascot. (It's a trap!) I eagerly await whatever end result NU's feedback produces.