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Style Archive: Breaking down the 2011-12 season, so far

SI.com's compendium of college hoops style is back with its first set of entries from the 2011-12 season. (Past Style Archives: 2006-07 | '07-08 | '08-09 | '09-10 | '10-11 Part 1, 2 and 3)

Anthony Davis
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1. UKnibrow

Anthony Davis // Fr. forward, Kentucky

Davis is so good that his unibrow has become a phenomenon rather than a regrettable feature. It has a Facebook page with more than 1,000 likes, a widely used Twitter hashtag (#BrowDown), and a T-shirt. Some Kentucky-based entrepreneur needs to develop a unibrow-implant procedure to sell to serious Wildcats fans. The market is ripe.
Randy Bennett
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2. Movember Gaels

Randy Bennett & Matthew Dellavedova // St. Mary's

Aussies Dellavedova and Mitchell Young sold their team on Movember, a mustache-driven prostate cancer awareness campaign, and sported full 'staches for their November games. The players were outdone by their coach, however; Bennett's salt-and-pepper effort was outstanding, and should be maintained for the remainder of the season.
Dion Waiters
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3. Gradience

Dion Waiters // Soph. guard, Syracuse

Waiters' game-shoe curation skills were second only to UConn's Kemba Walker last season, and with Walker gone to the NBA, the Syracuse sophomore may just be college hoops' footwear king. In the NIT Season Tip-Off final, Waiters wore NikeiD-customized Zoom Kobe VIs, topped off with "S"-emblazoned socks. The whole team should get on board with the orange-socks look, but Waiters may not let them. He prefers to stand out.
Laval Lucas-Perry
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4. Drapes

Laval Lucas-Perry // Sr. guard, Oakland

Hoop shorts have been trending longer, and larger, for quite some time, but Perry's trunks take it to an absurd level -- just look at where his left knee hits them in that layup photo. They appear to be constructed of enough drift fabric to make two jersey tops, an arm sleeve, a headband, and a new vest for coach Greg Kampe.
Jesse Perry
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5. Dreadsert Storm

Jesse Perry // Sr. forward, Arizona

Perry's dreadlocks have a long way to go to match Davis' unibrow in popularity; the Facebook page devoted to the Arizona starter's hair only has seven likes. Renardo Sidney is not one of the "likes," although he seems to have entered a blissful state upon getting a nearly-up-the-nostril whiff of Perry's hair.
Khem Birch
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6. Khemtrail

Khem Birch // Fr. forward, Pitt

Chemtrails are the imaginary chemical agents that conspiracy theorists believe are released into the sky by jets, who are actually just producing contrails; a Khemtrail is a very real, Gremlin-like stripe in the hair of Canadian freshman Khem Birch, who has been a dominant offensive rebounder for the Panthers thus far.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
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7. Hyphen-Nation

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist // Fr. guard, Kentucky
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson // Jr. forward, Temple

Name expansion was big this offseason, with the Wildcats' Gilchrist growing to Kidd-Gilchrist to honor his late uncle, Darrin Kidd, and the Owls' Jefferson going to Hollis-Jefferson to add his mother's name into his own. Worthy tributes; awkward fits on the back of jerseys.
Andrew Zimmerman
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8. Oostbeard

Andrew Zimmerman // Sr. forward, Stanford

Zimmerman's road to Stanford began in the hoops hotbed of Oostburg, Wis.; he later moved through Santa Clara and Foothills College before arriving in Palo Alto. The 6-foot-8 forward is considered a bargain value for the Cardinal, as his scholarship does not have to include room and board. He sleeps in the woods, and his diet consists only of fresh game killed with his black-powder musket.*

* Unconfirmed biographical detail
Levan Shengelia
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9. Tbilisleeve

Levan Shengelia // Soph. forward, Rhode Island

Sheneglia, the pride of Tbilisi, Georgia, and the son of a former Georgian women's national team player, is a much-feared post presence in the Atlantic 10 due to his razor-tattoo sleeve. He's averaging 10.0 minutes per game as a sophomore, but was the unluckiest player in D-I last year, getting on the court for just one minute of an early loss to Pittsburgh ... and then sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
Shabazz Napier
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10. Rat Tail

Shabazz Napier // Soph. guard, UConn

Shabazz Napier has been sporting a single braid in the back -- some might call it the street version of a rat tail -- as a way to honor a fallen friend who had braids. Napier is getting a bit testy about the tribute, though, saying, "Teams try to make fun of it. Knowing myself, I might get ticked off one day and get in someone?s face about it. It?s something real deep, and I don?t appreciate a lot of people talking bad about it."
Matt Stainbrook
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11. The Stainbrook

Matt Stainbrook // Soph. center, Western Michigan

As a freshman, Stainbrook was just your average, unassuming, 6-9, 290-pound, doughy mid-major forward. This year he's added better (longer, floppier) hair and killer rec-specs, and is shooting 63.3 percent from the field while averaging 14.8 points per game -- well up from the 8.8 he scored as a freshman. In terms of size and cult-figure potential, Stainbrook is the New Big Lumber.
Blaine Taylor
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12. Nostache

Blaine Taylor // Coach, Old Dominion

The head Monarch went anti-Movember and killed off the greatest coaching-stache in the college game, shaving the iconic animal pelt from his upper lip for the 2011-12 season. It was a big enough deal to inspire full newspaper articles in Virginia -- not just Style Archive mention -- because Taylor has had facial hair since the 1970s. ODU is off to a 4-3 start, mostly because there is no 'stache left for opponents to fear.
Kyle Cassity
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13. Hobbits of the A-10

Kyle Cassity & Cody Ellis // St. Louis

The Rise of the Billikens (this week's loss to Loyola Marymount aside) has been one of the nation's biggest stories in November, and they've been powered by the sharpshooting of hobbit-headed wings Cassity (13-of-25 from long range) and Ellis (16-of-33). As a team, they rank 15th in the nation in three-point percentage, at 43.9.
Florida Gators
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14. Neapolitans

Florida Gators

Billy Donovan's boys made some nice, subtle tweaks to their Knicks-ified jerseys for '11-12, ditching the white outline on "Florida" on the road blues and alternate tangerine alternates (thank God), switching to "Gators" on the home whites, and getting ride of solid side panels, with thin striping in its place. All edits get the Style Archive seal of approval.

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