The Harvard Crimson was the first team in this year. There's not much info to be found about mascot John Harvard, except this handsome picture.
Has anyone seen him at the basketball games this year? The football games? A Thanksgiving parade? I'd love to know if he's still around.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will have The Colonel on the sidelines, though some would like him to be permanently ejected.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (SHON-ti-clears) and Chauncey Chanticleer are celebrating their first tourney bid since 1993. FYI, Chauncey is a rooster. The chanticleer mascot comes from a character in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard.
The Wichita State Shockers and WuShock enter the tournament with an unblemished 34-0 record, which hasn't been done since 1991's UNLV team. Indiana's 1975-76 team was the last undefeated national champion, and that was before the tournament expanded to 64 teams.(Thanks to USA Today for the info.)
The Mercer Bears with Toby, and perhaps his lady Tot, are one of the tiny dancers this year.
So far, WuShock and Chauncey are the most unique in the field. We'll see what rest of the 68 teams brings.