The perfect groups in males’s and girls’s basketball are gearing up for March Insanity, however we’ve already narrowed our decisions to the Candy 16 — our 16 favourite animal mascots, that’s! Whereas not all of those furry cheerleaders will get an opportunity to rally help for his or her staff on this 12 months’s match (and, in reality, many won’t ever commerce the soccer area for a basketball court docket), they’ll all get you cheering. Or no less than ooh-ing and aah-ing.

Blue III, Butler University

Blue III, Butler College

We’re sorry that Butler College’s Bulldogs will not be taking part in on this
12 months’s males’s NCAA match as a result of Blue III is, fingers down, our
favourite mascot. Whereas this cutie is not the official Butler College
mascot but, Blue III (his actual identify is Journey), an English Bulldog pet, is being mentored by the present Butler mascot, Blue II, and can assume official mascot duties when Blue II retires.

The mascot-in-training isn’t solely an lovely furry cheerleader, he’s
fairly Web- and social-media-savvy. You’ll be able to hold observe of Blue
III’s courtside celebrating and what he’s studying in pet class on his
website, Twitter, webcam and Foursquare.

Mike, Louisiana State University

Mike, Louisiana State College

LSU followers have a very regal and fierce, to not point out lovely, mascot: a Bengal tiger. When Mike VI isn’t roaring by means of Tiger Stadium, you could find him in his 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art habitat on the Louisiana State University
campus. Nonetheless, he is not going to be accompanying the LSU gamers to their
video games — he’ll be cheering them on from Baton Rouge. Geaux Tigers!

Jack, Georgetown University

Jack, Georgetown College

Georgetown University‘s mascot is Jack the Bulldog.
The primary Jack, an English Bulldog, was bought by college students in 1964;
he was meant to be referred to as Hoya (after the varsity’s rallying cry of “Hoya
Saxa!”), however refused to answer any identify however Jack. The present
Jack’s favourite pastimes embrace tearing up cardboard containers (normally
painted with the opposing staff’s colours) and driving in golf carts.

Ralphie, University of Colorado

Ralphie, College of Colorado

You received’t see Ralphie the Buffalo taking pictures hoops with the Colorado
males’s basketball staff (his dimension provides him an unfair benefit and his
hoofs would do a quantity on the court docket), however there’s little doubt that the University of Colorado’s
good-looking (and just a little intimidating) mascot is a very wonderful sight to
see. And everyone knows {that a} huge mascot means huge spirit!

Dubs, The University of Washington

Dubs, The College of Washington

The University of Washington’s furry mascot is an Alaskan Malamute named Dubs. In keeping with his weekly weblog, the four-legged fur ball “loves being a dawg.” Who does not?

Boomer and Sooner, The University of Oklahoma

Boomer and Sooner, The College of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma
Sooner Schooner is a Conestoga wagon pulled by two attractive white
ponies, Boomer and Sooner, who race throughout Owen Area after each OU
landing. We want these gorgeous horses might make a basketball debut
throughout March Insanity, however alas, these hooves simply aren’t
hard-court-friendly, and their rig is just a little massive for a basketball

Blitz II, Wofford College

Blitz II, Wofford School

2010 marked the Wofford College
Terriers’ first look within the NCAA males’s basketball match, and
we have got our fingers crossed that they — and their mascot, Blitz II,
shall be again this 12 months. When this peppy Boston Terrier isn’t working her mascot gig, you possibly can name her by her actual identify, Ayeryel.

Bevo, The University of Texas at Austin

Bevo, The College of Texas at Austin

University of Texas
mascot, a Longhorn named Bevo, is central to the varsity’s “Hook ‘Em,
Horns” enthusiasm. The present Bevo is the fourteenth Longorn to
signify the varsity; in January 2005, he attended the second
inauguration of President George W. Bush. Sadly, he is not going to be
following the Longhorns to the Huge Dance. Once more, it is the hooves. Sorry,

Smokey, University of Tennessee

Smokey, College of Tennessee

Smokey IX is the good-looking Bluetick Coonhound mascot for the University of Tennessee
Volunteers. Along with his dashing cape, this spirited pooch brings a number of
Vols spirit to house video games. This 12 months, we’ll be on the lookout for Smokey on the
girls’s NCAA match together with legendary coach Pat Summitt, who has
led the Girl Vols to eight NCAA championships.

Russ, The University of Georgia

Russ, The College of Georgia

After The University of Georgia‘s
Uga VIII handed away early final 12 months, Russ the Bulldog got here to the
rescue and assumed interim mascot duties. The college is now
choosing a brand new everlasting mascot to comply with within the lineage of pure white English Bulldogs, however we hope Russ will get to stay round for some time!

Joy and Lady, Baylor University

Pleasure and Girl, Baylor College

Clocking in at a mixed weight of greater than 600 kilos, these two
North American Black Bears undoubtedly tip the superior mascot scales. Pleasure
and Girl are organic sisters named for the wives of two Baylor University presidents, and so they reside in a bear habitat subsequent to Baylor’s pupil middle. Excessive-five, women!

Reveille VIII, Texas A&M University

Reveille VIII, Texas A&M College

This full-blooded Collie revels in her rank as prime canine at Texas A&M University.
If she desires to sleep on a cadet’s mattress, the cadet is ordered to sleep
on the ground. Cadets additionally should deal with the pooch as “Miss Rev, ma’am.”
Every Reveille is given a proper navy funeral and buried going through the
scoreboard, so she will watch her soccer staff outscore the guests. We
suppose Reveille — er, we imply, Miss Rev, ma’am — is simply lovely!

Peruna, Southern Methodist University

Peruna, Southern Methodist College

Is there something extra thrilling than a horse galloping throughout the
soccer area each time you rating a landing? We did not suppose so.
Peruna IX, a black stallion Shetland pony, took the reigns of Southern Methodist University‘s mascot duties in October, and we expect this darling is doing an important job!

Bully, Mississippi State University

Bully, Mississippi State College

One other member of the Bulldog mascot membership, Mississippi State University‘s
Bully was incessantly the goal of prankster kidnappers from rival
groups. He has higher safety lately; there hasn’t been a kidnapping
try since 1974. The present Bully’s actual identify is Champ; when he is
not cheering his staff to victory, he lives on the college’s School
of Veterinary Drugs.

Rameses XVIII, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rameses XVIII, The College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Since he was launched to the campus at a pep rally in 1924, Rameses
the Ram has at all times sported a monogrammed blanket on his again. Sadly,
Rameses XVIII handed away final month, however the Hogan household — who has
raised the official Rameses for nearly a century — determined that Rameses
XVIII’s lovely son, BamBam, will change into UNC‘s mascot subsequent season.

Jonathan, University of Connecticut

Jonathan, College of Connecticut

Named after Connecticut’s Revolutionary Battle–period governor, Jonathan Trumbull, UConn‘s white Siberian Husky
mascot, cheers in type. Simply have a look at these blue booties! He is higher
dressed than the cheerleaders. Jonathan shall be busy for the subsequent few
weekends maintaining with UConn’s girls’s basketball staff as they cost
by means of the match.