CANMORE, Alta. — Exhibition games are taking place all across the country for a great cause, and the buzz of college basketball is officially back!
The NCAA has granted countless waivers that allow schools to schedule a third exhibition game in advance of the 2017-18 season. Teams are using the games as a way to raise funds and awareness for humanitarian efforts as a result of the various disasters that happened over the summer months. Proceeds are going to hurricane relief efforts and wildfire relief efforts.
On Sunday, the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers took part in a game that raised close to $2 million for disaster relief efforts.
As the season approaches, and teams get ready to kick off their quest for a national championship, the battle for ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA’ is now down to four participants. After another tight week on the polls, the final four mascots have advanced to next week, one step closer to the title.
We’ve got two familiar faces who return to the Final Four after last season, including the defending champion. Then, we’ve got two newcomers to the Final Four. Both find themselves in opposite pairings, which means we could have an all-newcomer Championship pairing.
Take a look below at which mascots advanced to the Final Four as the winners of their respective regions.
Elite Eight Results
Boomer (Missouri State Bears) – 76.91%
Scrappy the Owl (Kennesaw State) – 23.09%
Boomer makes his second straight trip to the Final Four, entering this season as the defending champion.
WuShock (Wichita State) – 71.30%
Butler Blue III (Butler) – 28.70%
WuShock continued to roll over the competition, earning the West Region title and advancing to his first Final Four.
Bill (Navy) – 55.61%
Puddles (Oregon) – 44.39%
Bill, a first time participant in the College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge, has quietly advanced to the Final Four, and is knocking on the door of a Championship berth.
Petey Griffin (Canisius) – 50.46%
Kaboom! (Bradley) – 49.54%
Death. Taxes. Canisius fans supporting Petey. Once again, Petey Griffin has advanced to the Final Four in Mascot Mayhem, and he did so by just seven votes.
– T. Bennett