First Round Pairings for 3rd Annual Mascot Mayhem Challenge Set

UCF's Knightro is one of several newcomers in the field for the 3rd Annual Mascot Mayhem Challenge, as 64 of the country's best mascots go head-to-head for the title of "College Basketball's Top Mascot!"
UCF’s Knightro is one of several newcomers in the field for the 3rd Annual Mascot Mayhem Challenge, as 64 of the country’s best mascots go head-to-head for the title of “College Basketball’s Top Mascot!”

On the heels of another successful Mascot Mayhem Challenge, the fan-vote contest is back for another year! With a different champion in each of the first two seasons, it’s anyone’s game in the 3rd Annual Mascot Mayhem Challenge!

Sixty-four of the top mascots in college basketball have been split up into four brackets of 16, much like the NCAA Tournament. By virtue of online polls, Twitter, and Instagram, votes are cast by fans all across the country to determine who moves on in each round, and ultimately takes home the title of “Top Mascot in College Basketball.”

At the start of August, we released this year’s participants through Twitter. With the contest slated to start on September 5th, it was time to assemble the brackets.

Through random selection, we have assembled the first round pairings for each regional. The winner of each region will head to the Final Four, where the same voting rules will apply until only one mascot is left standing.

East Region

Full Bracket

Sam the Minuteman (Massachusetts) v. Friar Boy (Providence)

Rameses (North Carolina) v. Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State)

Big Al (Alabama) v. Ace Purple (Evansville)

Sparty (Michigan State) v. The Duke (Duquesne)

Rudy Flyer (Dayton) v. Boomer (Oklahoma)

Pistol Pete (Oklahoma State) v. Ace the Warhawk (UL-Monroe)

Sparky (Arizona State) v. Rocky (South Florida)

Sebastian the Ibis (Miami (FL)) v. Kaboom! (Bradley)


South Region

Full Bracket

HH3 (Maryland-Eastern Shore) v. Willie the Wave (Pepperdine)

Victor E. Bull (Buffalo) v. Captain Cane (Tulsa)

Torero (San Diego) v. Chauncey Chanticleer (Coastal Carolina)

Super Frog (TCU) v. Lucas the Stag (Fairfield)

Bernie (Siena) v. Monte (Montana)

The Billiken (Saint Louis) v. Ole! (UC Santa Barbara)

Izzy the Islander (Texas A&M-CC) v. Knightro (UCF)

Boomer (Missouri State) v. Durango (Omaha)


West Region

Full Bracket

Peter the Anteater (UC Irvine) v. Testudo (Maryland)

Aubie (Auburn) v. Bucky (Wisconsin)

Elwood Lancer (Longwood) v. John B. Stetson (Stetson)

The Blue Devil (Duke) v. Buzz (Georgia Tech)

Butler Blue (Butler) v. Judge (Baylor)

Rocky (Toledo) v. Demon Deacon (Wake Forest)

Too-Fly (Delaware State) v. Howl (Arkansas State)

Ralphie (Colorado) v. The Bird (Air Force)


North Region

Full Bracket

Petey (Canisius) v. Damien (Albany)

Scrappy (Chattanooga) v. Joe Bruin (UCLA)

Victor E. Viking (Northern Kentucky) v. Ozzie the Osprey (North Florida)

WuShock (Wichita State) v. Jack (South Dakota State)

Puddles (Oregon) v. Otto (Syracuse)

Bevo (Texas) v. Don (Fort Wayne)

Sammy C. Hawk (UNC-Wilmington) v. Billy (Creighton)

UGA X (Georgia) v. The Leprechaun (Notre Dame)

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