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Friday, August 19, 2011
Oregon gets a designer mid-court line

By Diamond Leung

When Oregon captured the CBI championship by beating Creighton at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks did so by taking the game-winning shot off a turnover.

The assist came courtesy of their home floor, as Creighton was whistled for an controversial over-and-back violation with time winding down that might not have committed had there been a more visible mid-court line

Can you see one in this photo? The stripe was apparently barely visible even while on the court. But the Ducks have done something about it and added a new stripe that appears to be more suitable.

"There is an NCAA rule in place about mid-court stripes so they worked with us to make sure the line was properly visible," Pac-12 spokesman Kirk Reynolds said Friday.

An Oregon spokesman said Tinker Hatfield, the vice president for design and special projects for Nike who came up with the unique idea for the forest floor design, was involved in the latest customization.

So while this mid-court stripe is more visible, it is not the usual black or white line that appears elsewhere, according to The Register-Guard.
The new mid-court line is two-shades of brown, to match the floor colors around it, and stops at both ends of the Oregon “O” in the middle of the floor. So it’s not a traditional mid-court line -- you expected that from Oregon? -- but it should quiet criticism of the hard-to-see line the Ducks had in the first season of the new arena.

More than one Pac-12 coach last season voiced his concern about the lack of a more defined mid-court stripe, so this could very well be the comprise that makes everyone happy.

Opposing teams that come into Matthew Knight Arena no longer have to squint their eyes, and the Ducks got to draw up a line that was visually pleasing to them.