I"ll update this list of Sweet 16 games with mascots as the teams are eliminated. (You can follow my list of 2015Sweet16Mascots twitter list to keep up with the 12 tweeters .) The final scores are to the right. (As long as the web page lines up.)
The Harvard Crimson was the first team in this year. There's not much info to be found about mascot John Harvard, except this handsome picture.
Has anyone seen him at the basketball games this year? The football games? A Thanksgiving parade? I'd love to know if he's still around.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will have The Colonel on the sidelines, though some would like him to be permanently ejected.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (SHON-ti-clears) and Chauncey Chanticleer are celebrating their first tourney bid since 1993. FYI, Chauncey is a rooster. The chanticleer mascot comes from a character in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard.
The Wichita State Shockers and WuShock enter the tournament with an unblemished 34-0 record, which hasn't been done since 1991's UNLV team. Indiana's 1975-76 team was the last undefeated national champion, and that was before the tournament expanded to 64 teams.(Thanks to USA Today for the info.)
The Mercer Bears with Toby, and perhaps his lady Tot, are one of the tiny dancers this year.
So far, WuShock and Chauncey are the most unique in the field. We'll see what rest of the 68 teams brings.
If you're like most people, your alma matter is not in the Final Four, so you don't have a dog in the hunt. How to decide which team to watch? You may actually consider the basketball prowess of the teams, but that's so overdone. Another option - choose by mascot. Even that has been done a lot. (For some good tips on that, check out the Fat Pastor's rules for choosing a winning mascot bracket.
The Louisville Cardinal Bird vs Wichita State's WuShock, 2013 Final Four
The #1 seeded Louisville Cardinals take on the #9 seeded Wichita State Shockers at 5:09pm CT on Saturday, April, 6 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Syracuse's Otto the Orange vs Michigan's...nothing, 2013 Final Four
It's a battle of the #4 seeds when the Syracuse Orange meet the Michigan Woloverines at 7:49pm CT on Saturday, April 6th in Atlanta, Georgia.