CHART OF THE DAY: Florida's Mascot Rules The Sweet 16

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After a three day sabbatical, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament returns tonight with the third round (I refuse to call it the fourth round). For fun, let’s run a comparison of the mascots for each of the 16 schools that is still alive.

Of the schools that have made it this far, the mascots are represented by:

  • 3 human groups (Florida State Seminoles, San Diego St. Aztecs, North Carolina Tarheels)
  • 3 felines (Kentucky and Arizona Wildcats, Brigham Young Cougars)
  • 2 birds (Kansas Jayhawks, Marquette Golden Eagles)
  • 2 dogs (Butler Bulldogs, Connecticut Huskies)
  • 1 arthropod (Richmond Spiders)
  • 1 bovine (Virginia Commonwealth Rams)
  • 1 reptile (Florida Gators)
  • 1 weasel (Wisconsin Badgers)
  • 1 nut (Ohio State Buckeyes)
  • and 1 sad fallen angel (Duke Blue Devils)

And if we compare the heights/lengths of these groups, this is what it might look like, with the Florida Alligator dwarfing the competition…

Sweet 16 Mascots

In most cases we took an average height/length with data coming from and corroborated through other sources. In a few instances we used substitutes or assumptions (Tarantula for Spiders, Bobcats for Wildcats and Bighorn Sheep for Rams) and in one case (Duke Blue Devils) we just used our imagination.

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