2016 March Madness Mascot Lists List

Yep, it's a list of lists. The pros have posted some mascot lists

SB Nation's most delicious mascots. Yes, they talk about eating the mascots, a clever, albeit a bit disturbing, take on the creepiest, weirdest, etc. lists that usually circulate this time of year. 

USA Today ranked the teams by mascot, loosely on how menacing they are. It's a bit sparse on analysis, but does have some good visuals. 

This ESPN list talks about the teams, not so much the mascots, but it's a concise primer for your tourney enjoyment. 

I suspect that over the next few days we'll find one or two mascot brackets with graphics.

Happy dancing!


2016 March Madness Mascot Emojiis and Bracket Machine

  image from img.washingtonpost.comWhile I finalize the 2016 mascot list, take a look at the 2016 March Madness emoji (appropriately made into  campaign buttons) by Julia Heffernan for the Washington Post.

 The Wall Street Journal also has a quick way to fill out your bracket with their Madness Machine. You select the factors to consider (offense, defense, etc.) and the machine generates your bracket. Next year they need to add mascot and team color.  image from graphics.wsj.com

2013 NCAA Men's Sweet Sixteen Team Name Breakdown

Here's a quick breakdown of the team names of the 2013 Sweet Sixteen. (Not to be confused with the team mascots.)

2013 Sweet Sixteen summary by team name:  7 people, 6 animals, 1 weather event, & 1 color 

The people include 3 resident names and 4 occupations. 

To determine the category of each name, I went back to the origins of the name, not just what it appears to mean. 


Arizona Wildcats
Florida Gators
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Louisville Cardinals
Marquette Golden Eagles
Michigan Wolverines
Oregon Ducks
Duke Blue Devils (inspired by WWI French soldiers)
Indiana Hoosiers (residents of Indiana)
Kansas Jayhawks (1850's free-stater Kansans)
La Salle Explorers
Michigan State Spartans (ancient Greek warriors)
Ohio State Buckeyes (Ohio residents)
Wichita State Shockers (wheat harvesters)
Miami Hurricanes
Syracuse Orange


Hope this helps your win a trivia contest. Or at least amaze your friends with your newfound knowledge.

2013 NCAA Men's Sweet Sixteen Mascots Breakdown

Have you been wondering how many animal mascots are in the Sweet 16 this year? How many teams don't have mascots? Wonder no more. 

Before this knowledge bomb drops, think about the difference between the team nickname and the mascot. They are not always the same and that can affect the mascot stats. For example, North Carolina's team nickname is the Tarheels but their mascot is a ram. So, when counting the types of mascots in the tournament would North Carolina be in the person category or the animal category? (You don't have to worry about that this year because they're already gone.)

In this post we'll look at the team mascots in this year's Sweet 16.  (We also have the breakdown by team name.)

2013 Sweet Sixteen summary by mascot:  8 animals, 3 plant based, 2 people, 2 mascotless teams, & 1 spirit

Not enough detail? Let's dissect the animal mascots: 

6 w/feathers, 1 w/fur, and 1 w/scales = 1 duck, 2 eagles, 1 gator, 1 ibis, 1 jayhawk, 1 wildcat.

Here's the list. 

Arizona Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat
Florida Albert and Alberta Gator
FGCU Azul the Eagle
Kansas Big Jay & Lil'Jay (fictional birds)
Louisville Cardinal Bird
Marquette The Golden Eagle
Miami Sebastian Ibis
Oregon The Duck
Ohio State Brutus the Buckeye (nut)
Syracuse Otto the Orange
Wichita State WuShok, wheat sheaf
La Salle The Explorer
Michigan State Sparty the Spartan Warrior
Indiana no mascot
Michigan no mascot
Duke The Blue Devil

Breaking down the tournament by mascot minutia, that's 64mascots.com. I'll leave the basketball analysis to GregGumble and compnay.