Vin Getz breaks down the mascots of the 2011 Sweet Sixteen with clever, sometimes informative, write-ups for each one at Bleacher Report.com.
A few tidbits I learned:
*The Richmond Spiders got their name from the baseball team's spindly legged pitcher back in 1894.
Kudos for including the mascot couples: Albert & Alberta Alligator from Florida and Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat from Arizona. For whatever reason, the Albert and Wilbur perfrom solo duing basketball games.
A few oversights: San Diego state recently added a costumed jaguar, Zuma, to add levity to the Aztec Warrior. However, I don't see Zuma on the sidelines during the UCONN game right now. Maybe there's an NCAA rule that allows only one mascot. Goofy NCAA mascot rules.
Also, from what I understand, Florida State's Chief Osceola only appears at football games. (Can any FSU fans confirm that?)