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Need to tie your shoes, there’s an app for that. The Kentucky Wildcats just used it

A Kentucky basketball player wears self-lacing Nike sneakers in Tuesday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
A Kentucky basketball player wears self-lacing Nike sneakers in Tuesday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Lexington Herald-Leader

Something special happened Tuesday night when the Kentucky men’s basketball team took the floor at Rupp Arena.

It wasn’t an upset win for the South Carolina Gamecocks over the fifth-ranked Wildcats. Kentucky took care of business in a 76-48 victory over its SEC rival.

The most unique thing to hit the hardwood were the sneakers the Wildcats were wearing.

Kentucky debuted self-lacing shoes — the Nike Adapt BBs, Saturday Down South reported.

The Wildcats are the first college basketball team to wear the sneakers where a cellphone app is used to tighten the laces, according to SB nation.

Called “smart sneakers,” the latest line of Nike’s will be available to the public on Feb. 17 for the price of $350 per pair, CNET reported.

NBA star and Kentucky alum De’Aaron Fox has worn the BBs in a game, per SB Nation. Fox shared his first experience with the shoes on Twitter.

While the Nike sneakers did not hurt the Wildcats Tuesday, not every player was a fan.

Ashton Hagans switched out of the high-tech shoes midway through the game, according to Dennis Varney, the assistant sports editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski explains the team's switch from adidas to Nike years ago as the Blue Devils ready for PK80 Tournament celebrating the 80th birthday of Nike founder Phil Knight.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.


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