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Does your mascot bring you luck?

The word mascot can be traced to the medieval Latin word masca, meaning “mask” or “witch.”

The notion of a mascot as a lucky charm stems from the 1880 French operetta La Mascotte, in which a farm girl bestowed fortune on anyone she met. Translated into English, the show became The Mascot and debuted in theaters in Boston and New York.

The first team mascot, an actual bulldog named Handsome Dan, was a tradition started by a Yale student in 1889. Today bulldogs audition for the Yale title (strutting with the band, staring down a stuffed Princeton Tiger). The latest, Dan the 16th, beat nine others for the job.

March Madness has some serious competition on the court, but nothing is more competitive than the mascots.

A team’s mascot can mean everything. It is their identity. A mascot can represent how fierce or weird a school is, or even sometimes it just stands for tradition.

Whatever it is, the debate of top mascot is always up in the air; and everyone will always have their own favorites…

With the field of 68 set, here is where each team’s mascot ranks in this year’s Big Dance.


68-65: No Mascots… Michigan Wolverines, Indiana Hoosiers, Harvard Crimson and Mississippi Valley State

64. Kansas State Wildcats

63. Wichita State

62. Montana Grizzlies

61. Norfolk State

60. New Mexico State

59. South Dakota State

58. Detroit Titans

57. Saint Louis Billikens

56. Saint Mary’s

55. Lamar University

54. Creighton Blue Jays

53. BYU Cougars

52. Murray State

51. Purdue Boilermakers

50. Ohio University

49. South Florida

48. Loyola Maryland

47. California Golden Bears

46. Belmont Bruins

45. Temple Owls

44. Virginia Cavaliers

43. Iona

42. Vanderbilt Commodores

41. LIU Brooklyn

40. New Mexico

39. Kentucky Wildcats

38. San Diego State Aztecs

37. University of Vermont

36. Florida State Seminoles

35. Long Beach State

34. Cincinnati Bearcats

33. Gonzaga Bulldogs

32. Davidson Wildcats

31. Louisville Cardinals

30. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

29. St. Bonaventure

28. Iowa State Cyclones

27. Southern Miss

26. UNC Asheville

25. Colorado State

24. Xavier Musketeers

23. Lehigh Mountain Hawks

22. UNLV Running Rebels

21. Duke Blue Devils

20. UConn Huskies

19. Memphis Tigers

18. Baylor Bears

17. Marquette Golden Eagles

16. Texas Longhorns

15. NC State Wolfpack

14. Wisconsin Badgers

13. West Virginia

12. Missouri Tigers

11. Georgetown Hoyas

10. Florida Gators

9. Michigan State Spartans

8. North Carolina Tar Heels

7. Colorado Buffaloes

6. Western Kentucky University

5. Ohio State Buckeyes

4. VCU Rams

3. Syracuse Orange

2. Kansas Jayhawks

1. Alabama Crimson Tide


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