2018 March Madness Mascots West Region - Los Angeles, California

West Region LA CA state city(Press zero to go straight to the mascot match-ups and pictures.)

The west must be a bit wild with two, possibly three cats of the wild plus two soldiers and a CA warrior whose mere existence is wild with controversy, the kind that is familiar to the FL school in this region. Said FL school is currently represented with a softer, gentler anthropomorphic horse who pays homage to the school's live horse mascot.

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Bleacher Report: Power Ranking the Mascots of the 2011 Sweet Sixteen


RichmondSpider2011Denver Vin Getz breaks down the mascots of the 2011 Sweet Sixteen with clever, sometimes informative, write-ups for each one at Bleacher Report.com.

A few tidbits I learned: 

*Disney designed the Hink costume for Butler. Correction: Just found a Butler.edu article that said current Hink cosumes designed by Street Characters. Maybe stolen ones were designed by Disney. 

*The Richmond Spiders got their name from the baseball team's spindly legged pitcher back in 1894. 

Kudos for including the mascot couples: Albert & Alberta Alligator from Florida and Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat from Arizona. For whatever reason, the Albert and Wilbur perfrom solo duing basketball games. 

A few oversights: San Diego state recently added a costumed jaguar, Zuma, to add levity to the Aztec Warrior. However, I don't see Zuma on the sidelines during the UCONN game right now. Maybe there's an NCAA rule that allows only one mascot. Goofy NCAA mascot rules

Also, from what I understand, Florida State's Chief Osceola only appears at football games. (Can any FSU fans confirm that?) 

 

2011 Sweet 16 Merchandise!