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2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament Teams and Mascots




St. Louis
  1 Syracuse Orange
16 UNC Asheville Bulldogs
  1 North Carolina Tarheels
16 Vermont Catamounts
  1 Kentucky Wildcats
16 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
  1 Michigan St. Spartans
16 Long Island Blackbirds
  8 Kansas St. Wildcats
  9  Southern Mississippi
Golden Eagles
  8 Creighton Bluejays
  9 Alabama Crimson Tide
  8 Iowa St. Cyclones 
9 Connecticut Huskies
 8 Memphis Tigers
9 St. Louis Billikens
  5 Vanderbilt Commodores
12 Harvard Crimson
  5 Temple Owls
12 South Florida Bulls
  5 Wichita St. Shockers
12 Virginia Commonwealth Rams
  5 New Mexico Lobos
12 Long Beach St. 49ers
  4 Wisconsin Badgers
13 Montana Grizzlies
  4 Michigan Wolverines
13 Ohio Bobcats
  4 Indiana Hoosiers
13 New Mexico St. Aggies
  4 Louisville Cardinals
13  Davidson Wildcats
  6 Cincinnati Bearcats
11 Texas Longhorns
  6 San Diego St. Aztecs
11. N. Carolna St. Wolfpack
  6 UNLV Rebels
11 Colorado Buffaloes
 6 Murray St. Racers
11 Colorado St. Rams
  3 Florida St. Seminoles
14 St. Bonaventure Bonnies
 3 Georgetown Hoyas
14 Belmont Bruins
 3 Baylor Bears
14 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits
  3 Marquette Golden Eagles
14 Brigham Young Cougars
  7 Gonzaga Bulldogs 
  9 West Virginia Mountaineers
  7 St. Mary's Gaels
10 Purdue Boilermakers
  7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
10 Xavier Musketeer
  7 Florida Gators
10  Virginia Cavaliers
  2 Ohio St. Buckeyes
15 Loyola (MD) Greyhounds
 2  Kansas Jayhawks
15 Detroit Titans
  2 Duke Blue Devils
15 Lehigh Mountainhawks
  2 Missouri Tigers
15 Norfolk State Spartans

Mascot Trivia: Clash of the Spartans

Here's some trivia for ya. Feel free to configure your questions as needed.


Q: Which region has the potential "Clash of the Spartans?"

A: The West.  #1 Michigan State Spartans could meet #15 Norfolk State Spartans. (That's a big could, but you never know what kind of crazy things might happen.)


Other tidbits:

They both have State in their names.

They are both green and white.


Congratulations to the Norfolk State Spartans on their first NCAA tourney appearance in school history. Michigan, on the other hand, is making it's 26th appearance. 


I'll look up pics later, if it's still matters.

If you win some ridiculously innane contest with this triva, enjoy it and leave a comment below.. :)



NCAA Men's Tournament 2012 March Madness Mascots

Anyone filling out a bracket to include the "First Four" on Tuesday night? I'm not. No offense to the teams playing on Tuesday, but I'm still a tournament-starts-on-Thursday fan.

And I have stuff to do before Tuesday night.

If you're looking for a mascotology breakdown of the 2012 tournament, The Fat Pastor has put in the work for you. He also has a list of ground rules when choosing your Mascot Bracket.

I also found a PDF mascot bracket with the team names at

Have a soft spot for animals? Pick teams with threatened or endangered species for mascots with this nerdilicious info from David Shiffman (aka WhySharksMatter) at

Eventually, I'd like to do what these guys are doing, but since I don't have the time to create these wonder of trivia myslef, I'm happy to share the linkage and help spread the mascot knowledge.

Enjoy the tourney!