2017 March Madness Mascots Alphabetical by School Name, All 68 Teams

This year I added links to more mascot info for reliable sources. (As much as possible.) For the mascot name links I tried to use social media links. As usual, there's more substance than style here. 

School Nickname Costumed Mascot(s) Other Mascot Info or News
Arkansas Razorbacks Big Red, Sue E💋, pork chop, BOSS HOG, & Ribby⚾️ Arkansas has FIVE costumed mascots.
Arizona Wildcats Wilbur T. Wildcat 2008 Video of UofA Mascots Through the Years
    Wilma T. Wildcat  
Baylor Bears Bruiser  Squad Goals
Bucknell Bison Bucky  
Butler Bulldogs Hink Trip aka @ButlerBlue3 (adorbs live mascot)
Cincinnati Bearkats Bearkat  
Creighton Bluejays Billy  
Dayton Flyers Rudy Flyer  
Duke Blue Devils The Blue Devil 2014 Video, The Blue Devil Through the Years
East Tennessee State Buccaneers Bucky  
Florida Gators Albert 2015 New Costumes
    & Alberta  
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Azul the Eagle 2016 ASUN MVMascot
Florida State Seminoles Cimarron 2012 Cimarron Reinstated
Gonzaga Bulldogs ('Zags) Spike  
Iona Gaels Kilian  
Iowa State Cyclones Cy the Cardinal 2017 Cy's Pregame PSA
Jacksonville State Gamecocks Cocky 2015 Cocky's BFF
Kansas Jayhawks Big Jay 2017 Spirit Squad Social Media
    Baby Jay  
Kansas State Wildcats Willie  
Kent State Golden Flashes Flash the Golden Eagle  
Kentucky Wildcats The Wildcat 2016 Christmas with Scratch
    Scratch 2015 Scratch is in Brad Paisley's Video
Louisvlle Cardinals Louie the Cardinal Bird 2016 Cardinal Bird's New Look
Marquette Golden Eagles Golden Eagle 2014 Nickname Controversy
Maryland Terrapins Testudo 2016 A Testudo Tryout
Miami Hurricanes Sebastian the Ibis 2014 Sebastian Escorts Bride
Michigan Wolverines none 2011 The Wolverine that Wasn't
Michigan State Spartans Sparty 2016 Former Spartys' Speak
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Lightning, a blue pegasus 2016 Evolotuion of MTSU's Mascot
Minnesota Golden Gophers Goldy Gopher 2017 Goldy Wins 3rd Championship
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers Emmit S. Burg Facebook.com/Emmit.Burg
Nevada Wolfpack Alphie, Luna, Wolfie Jr. UNR Library Mascots Digital History
New Mexico State Aggies Pistol Pete 2014 NMSU v OSU Pistol Pete Duel
New Orleans Privateers Capt. Bruno 2017 New Mascot Debuted
North Carolina Tar Heels Rameses Former Rameses Jason Ray Foundation
    Rameses Jr.  
North Carolina Central Eagles No info found. Help! 2005 New Mascot Design Roll Out Event
North Dakota Fighting Hawks In progress, I suppose 2015 From Fighting Sioux to Figthing Hawks
Northern Kentucky Norse Victor E. Viking 2016 New Costume (Not at 2017 Tourney)
Northwestern Wildcats Wille the Wildcat 2016 Willie Honors Craig Sager
Notre Dame Fighting Irish The Leprechaun Twitter @NDTheLeprechaun
Oklahoma State Cowboys Pistol Pete Twitter @OSUPistolPete
Oregon Ducks The Duck 2016 Oregon Football Unis Mirror Duck Mascot
Princeton Princeton Tigers The Tiger
Providence Friars Friar Dom  
    Huxley 2017 Dalmatian Mascot Debuts
Purdue Boilermakers Boilermaker Special, train 2016 Old Pete Heads
    Boilermaker Xtra Special, small train  
    Purdue Pete 2016 Happy 60th Birthday, Pete!
Rhode Island Rams Rhody Rhody needs more web space.
Saint Mary’s Gaels Gaelic warrior (?) Gael Force (student group) Twitter
Seton Hall Pirates The Pirate Need some online presence, Pirates!
SMU Mustangs Peruna Twitter @SMU_Peruna
South Carolina Gamecocks Cocky USC Gamecocks Costume History
South Dakota State Jackrabbits Jack 2011 The Jackrabbit Gets a Name
Texas Southern Tigers Tommy Can anyone find Tommy online?
Troy Trojans T-Roy 2011 T-Roy Went Missing!
UC Davis Aggies Gunrock, mustang 2014 Centennial of Gunrock
UCLA Bruins Joe Bruin 2017 Moonin' Bruin Didn't Quack Up Duck
    Josephine Bruin  
UNC Wilmington Seahawks Sammy C. Hawk 2010 UNCW Alum's Book, Hello, Sammy C. Hawk!
USC Trojans Tommy Trojan Tommy lacks social media presence.
Vanderbilt Commodores Mr. Commodore 2010 Commodores' Canine Mascots
VCU Rams Rodney the Ram Rodney has his own url.
Vermont Catamounts Rally 2017 Fans Rally for a Rally Statue
Villanova Wildcats Will D. Cat 2016 Will D. Cat UCA Nationals Tape
Virginia Cavaliers Cavman Cavman, work on your online profile.
Virginia Tech Hokies The HokieBird The Story of the HokieBird
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Demon Deacon Sometimes G'ma & G'pa Deacon Show Up
West Virginia Mountaineers The Mountaineer 2012 The History of the WVU Mountaineer
Wichita State Shockers WuShock, bundle of wheat 60 Years of WuShock Video
Winthrop Eagles Big Stuff  
    Lil' Stuff  
Wisconsin Badgers Buckingham U. (Bucky) Badger Bucky Badger's Bio
Xavier Musketeers D'Artagnan  
    Blue Blob  

2016 March Madness List Alpha by School

2016 CBS all mascots

 

Presenting the 2016 NCAA D1 men's basketball tournament list of mascots alphabetized by school. 

SB Nation has a mascot v. mascot (actually nickname v. nickname) breakdown of the bracket. 

 

 

School Nickname Costumed Mascot(s)
Arizona Wildcats Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat
Austin Peay Governors Governor Peay X & The Gov
Baylor Bears Bruiser
Buffalo Bulls Victor E. Bull
Butler Bulldogs Hink
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners Rowdy
California Golden Bears Oski
Chattanooga Mocs Scrappy the Mockingbird
Cincinnati Bearkats Bearkat
Colorado Buffaloes Chip
Connecticut Huskies Jonathan
Dayton Flyers Rudy Flyer, pilot
Duke Blue Devils The Blue Devil
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Knightro, blue horse
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Azul the Eagle
Fresno State Bulldogs Timeout
Gonzaga Bulldogs ('Zags) Spike, bulldog
Green Bay Phoenix Phlash
Hampton Pirates Pirate
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Villi the Warrior (football, retired 2012)
Holy Cross Crusaders Iganatius T. Crusader, aka Iggy
Indiana Hoosiers none
Iona Gaels Killian, Irish-Gaelic person
Iowa Hawkeyes Herky
Iowa State Cyclones Cy the Cardinal
Kansas Jayhawks Big Jay, Lil' Jay
Kentucky Wildcats The Wildcat, Scratch
Little Rock Trojans The Trojan
Maryland Terrapins Testudo, turtle
Miami Hurricanes Sebastian the Ibis
Michigan Wolverines none
Michigan State Spartans Sparty
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Lightning, a blue pegasus
North Carolina Tar Heels Rameses, Rameses Jr.
Northern Iowa Panthers T.C. (The Cat), black panther
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun
Oklahoma Sooners Boomer & Sooner, horses
Oregon Ducks The Duck
Oregon State Beavers Benny
Pittsburgh Panthers Roc
Providence Friars Friar Dom
Purdue Boilermakers Purdue Pete, boilermaker
Saint Joseph's Hawks The Hawk
Seton Hall Pirates The Pirate
South Dakota State Jackrabbits Jack
Southern Jaguars Lacumba
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks The Lumberjack
Stony Brook Sea Wolves Wolfie
Syracuse Orange Otto the Orange
Temple Owls Hooter
Texas Longhorns Hook'em
Texas A&M Aggies none
Texas Tech Red Raiders Raider Red
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Captain Cane, superhero
UNC Asheville Bulldogs Rocky
UNC Wilmington Seahawks Sammy
USC Trojans Tommy Trojan & Traveler the Horse
Utah Utes Swoop, red-tailed hawk
Vanderbilt Commodores Mr. Commodore, aka Mr. C, naval commander
VCU Rams Rodney
Villanova Wildcats Will D. Cat
Virginia Cavaliers Cavman
Weber State Wildcats Waldo
West Virginia Mountaineers Mountaineer
Wichita State Shockers WuShock, bundle of wheat
Wisconsin Badgers Buckingham U. (Bucky) Badger
Xavier Musketeers D'Artagnan & the Blue Blob
Yale Bulldogs Boola

2016 March Madness Mascot List by Team Rankings

At some point, I'll add some style to this substance. Until then, here's a basic list of all the costumed mascots for the 2016 NCAA Men's D1 Basketball Tournament. Unless it says otherwise, the mascots match the nickname of the team. For example, Sparty is a Spartan. Some are a bit trickier because you can't always identify a mascot by the team name. 

Speaking of style, the Washington Post has a set of emojis for the tournament this year. (Kudos to Julia Heffernan for making them.)

For more substance, check out the stories behind the mascots at Mental Floss. 

Overall Rank School Nickname Costumed Mascot(s)
1 Kansas Jayhawks Big Jay, Lil' Jay
2 North Carolina Tar Heels Rameses, Rameses Jr.
3 Virginia Cavaliers Cavman
4 Oregon Ducks The Duck
5 Michigan State Spartans Sparty
6 Oklahoma Sooners Boomer & Sooner, horses
7 Villanova Wildcats Will D. Cat
8 Xavier Musketeers D'Artagnan & the Blue Blob
9 West Virginia Mountaineers Mountaineer
10 Miami Hurricanes Sebastian the Ibis
11 Utah Utes Swoop, red-tailed hawk
12 Texas A&M Aggies none
13 Duke Blue Devils The Blue Devil
14 California Golden Bears Oski
15 Kentucky Wildcats The Wildcat, Scratch
16 Iowa State Cyclones Cy the Cardinal
17 Indiana Hoosiers none
18 Purdue Boilermakers Purdue Pete, boilermaker
19 Maryland Terrapins Testudo, turtle
20 Baylor Bears Bruiser
21 Texas Longhorns Hook'em
22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun
23 Arizona Wildcats Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat
24 Seton Hall Pirates The Pirate
25 Wisconsin Badgers Buckingham U. (Bucky) Badger
26 Dayton Flyers Rudy Flyer, pilot
27 Iowa Hawkeyes Herky
28 Oregon State Beavers Benny
29 Texas Tech Red Raiders Raider Red
30 Colorado Buffaloes Chip
31 USC Trojans Tommy Trojan & Traveler the Horse
32 Saint Joseph's Hawks The Hawk
33 Providence Friars The Friar
34 Butler Bulldogs Hink
35 Cincinnati Bearkats Bearkat
36 Connecticut Huskies Jonathan
37 Pittsburgh Panthers Roc
38 Temple Owls Hooter
39 Syracuse Orange Otto the Orange
40 VCU Rams Rodney
41 Vanderbilt Commodores Mr. Commodore, aka Mr. C, naval commander
42 Michigan Wolverines none
43 Wichita State Shockers WuShock, bundle of wheat
44 Gonzaga Bulldogs ('Zags) Spike, bulldog
45 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Captain Cane, superhero
46 Northern Iowa Panthers T.C. (The Cat), black panther
47 Chattanooga Mocs Scrappy the Mockingbird
48 Little Rock Trojans The Trojan
49 Yale Bulldogs Boola
50 South Dakota State Jackrabbits Jack
51 UNC Wilmington Seahawks Sammy
52 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Vili the Warrior (football, retired 2012)
53 Stony Brook Sea Wolves Wolfie
54 Iona Gaels Killian, Irish-Gaelic person
55 Green Bay Phoenix Phlash
56 Buffalo Bulls Victor E. Bull
57 Fresno State Bulldogs Timeout
58 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks The Lumberjack
59 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Lightning, a blue pegasus
60 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners Rowdy
61 UNC Asheville Bulldogs Rocky
62 Weber State Wildcats Waldo
63 Austin Peay Governors Governor Peay X & The Gov
64 Hampton Pirates Pirate
65 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Azul the Eagle
66 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Knightro, blue horse
67 Southern Jaguars Lacumba
68 Holy Cross Crusaders Iggy

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!

 


What about the 2015 list?

I'm resuscitating my March Madness mascot life this year, but can just manage the list starting with the Sweet Sixteen in a timely manner. I'll retroactively post the entire list at some point, or not. 

A few things that caught my attention this year:

  • Three Pistol Petes made the tourney this year: Oklahoma State, New Mexico State, and Wyoming. (Though New Mexico State is the Aggies, their mascot is a cowboy. Guess that's more intimidating than a farmer.) Not surprisingly, in this era of marketing, OSU filed a lawsuit against NMS about the use of their "Classic Aggie" image. 
  • Blaze, the UAB dragon, is quite cute.
  • There is a mascot and a nickname inspired by  non-newspaper texts: UC Irvine's Peter the Anteater, inspired by Johhny Hart's B.C. comic strip, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers honor a proud bird in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
  • Does Harvard have a mascot or not? I see online pictures of him, but have found nothing official online, nor have I seen him at the games. Granted, he probably wouldn't get much airtime, based on the pictures I've seen.
  • The WaPo mascot emjoi's created by Juila Herfernan made me smile. 

I leave you with the mascot emoji mentioned in this post, plus one.