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2016 March Madness List Alpha by School

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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 First Four: Michigan's non-existent mascot vs. Tulsa's Captain Cane

The last First Four game is #11 Michigan's nothin' vs. #11 Tulsa's Captain Cane. Obviously, based on actual mascots that attend games, etc., Michigan would not even be in the bracket. They have a nickname, but no physical representation of that nickname like other schools do. They have done okay without one. 

Captain Cane's Twitter is dormant since 2012, but you can check out the Tulsa Athletic Twitter for some mbb pics. 

Michigan's non-existent mascot has a non-existent Twitter account. 

They do have matching colors. 

 

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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 First Four: Vanderbilt's Mr. C vs. Wichita State's WuShock

The second game of the tourney pits #11 Vanderbilt's Mr. Commodore, a naval officer, against #11 Wichita State's WuShock, a shock (bundle), of wheat. 

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 These two are working Twitter with trash talk that inspires hope of a halftime dance-off. 

WuShock also had a nice take on an oft-heard joke: