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Northwestern's new basketball court could be very, very purple

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northwestern-court.jpgBrace yourself, Northwestern hoops fans, you could be in store for a healthy dose of the color purple next season.

The school's athletic department has posted four potential designs for the new basketball court at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Facebook and one of them definitely stands out. It features a predominately purple floor, with the area inside the 3-point lines painted white. The other three designs are much more traditional, but employ different logos at the mid-court stripe.

The winning design will be unveiled in mid-August.

The democratic approach could result in Northwestern joining the likes of Boise State and its blue football field and Oregon and its tree-themed basketball court in the rarefied air of out-of-the-box playing surfaces.

The purple-heavy court is drawing plenty of favorable reviews on Facebook, with many comments praising the unique look.

There is, of course, some who aren't in love that design.

"We are in a real conference, we don't need gimmick floor coloring like Boise State," one commenter posted.
Whether a gimmick or a cutting-edge recruiting tool, this purple attention-eater could become a reality if it gains enough public support.

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