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)|
|Marquette||The Golden Eagle|
|3 PLANT BASED|
|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|
|2 NO MASCOTS|
|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.