NCAA: The 68 March Madness Teams, Ranked By Mascot

here aren't many casual NCAA fans. You're either really into college hoops . . . or you know virtually NOTHING about it. And yet, EVERYONE wants to fill out a last-minute March Madness bracket.

So,"USA Today"has a suggestion for all the neophytes: Choose winners based on the awesomeness of their . . . MASCOTS. They ranked the mascots of all 68 teams in the tournament, and here are the Top 10:

1. The BradleyBraves

2. The Northern KentuckyNorse

3. The Arizona StateSun Devils

4. The IonaGaels

5. The St. Mary'sGaels

6. The Michigan StateSpartans

7. The UC IrvineAnteaters

8. The UCFKnights

9. The Utah StateAggies

10. The North CarolinaTar Heels

The BOTTOM FOUR are part of a five-way tie:

65 - 68. The VillanovaWildcats. . . the Kansas StateWildcats. . . the KentuckyWildcats. . . and the Abilene ChristianWildcats.

And just SLIGHTLY above those are:

64. The Michigan Wolverines, who actually DON'T have a mascot. They had a LIVE Wolverine until, quote, "it became impossible to keep him in captivity because he repeatedly chewed through the bars of his cage."

63. The LibertyFlames

62. The SyracuseOrange

61. St. John'sRed Storm

60. The LouisvilleCardinals

 
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