London, ON, CAN: College Court Report, the Canadian-based NCAA basketball website, released the full field of 64 mascots for the 2nd Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge, presented by RabbleTV. On the heels of a successful launch in advance of the 2014-15 season, in which over 15,000 votes were cast for various mascots around the NCAA, the contest was brought back for a second year.
“As a small website owner, and an avid basketball fan, it’s gratifying to know that a contest that was started by a Canadian resonated so well with American basketball fans all across the United States,” said College Court Report owner Tyler Bennett. “The first contest went so well, and brought a lot of attention to the site and created such a buzz that we felt it would be an injustice to not do it again this year.”
“Overall, there are 64 mascots in the field. We went through all of the mascots and, with some outside assistance, were able to narrow the field down to the desired four regions of 16 mascots each.”
In last year’s challenge, Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Harry the Hawk took home the inaugural title of the “NCAA’s Top Mascot” thanks to a large contingent of votes from people with close ties to the university. Various social media campaigns and in-school voting helped push Harry to victory.
This season, Maryland-Eastern Shore will be represented by their new mascot, HH3.
“The contest was designed as a fun way to get fans engaged and excited for the upcoming basketball season, and we felt that we achieved our goal. It also helps to create a sense of pride within a school, and gives students, faculty, and alumni yet another way to support their schools,” Bennett added.
“With mid-major mascots competing against bigger name schools, anything can happen and anyone can come out on top in any given match-up.”
In an NCAA Tournament-style challenge, mascots were randomly assigned to a “region” and will be paired up on August 1st, 2015, before voting begins on August 17th, 2015.
The voting rules and regulations will also be released on August 1st, 2015.
For a full list of the participating mascots, please click here.