2018 March Madness Mascots Midwest Region - Omaha, Nebraska

Midwest Regional Omaha Nebraska 2018(Press zero to go straight to the mascot match-ups and pictures.)

 In this region we'll start with a "frog" that's actually a lizard, but not just any lizard. It's an official state reptile. From frog to fruit takes us to a post-controversy mascot. Speaking of controversy, the Christian-religion inspired mascot may protest the two devils in this group. Others may just put them in the category of mythical, which is where this region's bird roosts. 

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2013 NCAA Men's Division One Final Four Mascots

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. 


2013 NCAA Men's Elite Eight Mascots

Here's a basic list of the 2013 NCAA Elite 8 Mascots


Washington, D.C.
School/Team Nickname Costumed Mascot

Syracuse Orange Otto, orange

Marquette Golden Eagles  Golden Eagle, eagle
WEST Los Angeles, CA
School/Team Nickname Costumed Mascot
Ohio State Buckeyes Brutus the Buckeye, nut

Wichita State Shockers WuShock, wheat sheaf

MIDWEST Indianapolis, IN
School/Team Nickname Costumed Mascot
Louisville Cardinals Cardinal Bird

Duke Blue Devils Blue Devil

SOUTH Arlington, TX
School/Team Nickname Costumed Mascot

Michigan Wolverines none
Florida Gators Albert & Alberta, alligators

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.