The new NCAA tournament uniforms are the highest form of flattery -- because they're nothing more than an imitation of Zubaz shorts ... at least according to the guys who make the zebra print shorts from the 80s.
Adidas revealed new postseason uniforms today for six of its sponsored teams -- Louisville, UCLA, Baylor, Notre Dame, Kansas, and Cincinnati -- and they look like the 80s vomited up a bunch of highlighters.
But a company called Zubaz -- which made the neon animal print style famous -- isn't offended ... telling TMZ, "Companies have been ripping off our designs for years but as one of our former partners used to say, 'Often imitated, but never duplicated.'"
The rep adds ... if Adidas ever needs design help, they can contact Zubaz any time.
We're thinking it's already too late.