As of Monday, October 16th, we are exactly 25 days away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Teams are in full practice mode now, trying to fine tune their approach before games kick off on November 10th.
But, before then, there’s still an award that needs to be handed out.
The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is down to the Elite Eight after another intense week of voting. Two powerhouse mascots continued to roll, while two of the match-ups had a bit of extra incentive for the schools involved.
CANMORE, Alta. — In just over a month, we will have game action to talk about!
Until then, we are continuing our trek to crown the Top Mascot in the NCAA for the fourth season in a row. Fans have voted like crazy over the past seven days, and the field is now down to the Sweet 16, as we said goodbye to another 16 mascots after the Round of 32.
Last year’s Champion and runner-up are both still alive and well in the field, while another pair of top contenders have emerged and ran away with victories last week.
Then, to top it all off, we had two pairings that were decided by five votes or less. It was a close week for a few mascots, while others found themselves with comfortable wins.
CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season kicks off next month, as we are 40 days away from opening day on November 10th.
The excitement is starting to build, both on and off the court, for teams all across the country. Here at College Court Report, we try to drive school spirit across the nation in advance of each season, by virtue of our Mascot Mayhem Challenge.
As of late Sunday night, the field has been cut in half, with 32 mascots advancing to the Round of 32 after a week of voting. There were several surprises across the board, while a few mascots emerged as front-runners for this year’s crown.
CALGARY, Alta. — It’s time to crown the nation’s top mascot in advance of the 2017-18 college basketball season.
Entering its fourth season, the College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge aims to create a buzz around the NCAA in advance of the upcoming college basketball season, while providing students, faculty, and fans alike with the opportunity to showcase their school spirit.
The contest begins around mid-September each year, and ends around the start of the current season.
People are able to cast votes for their favourite mascot in a bracket-style tournament to determine the top mascot in the NCAA. In each of the first three seasons of the challenge, a different mascot has won.
In the inaugural challenge, Harry the Hawk of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks took home the crown. Since then, Harry the Hawk has retired and the Hawks are now represented by HH3, who will be a member of this year’s field.
Next year, Sam the Minuteman took the title back to the Massachusetts Minutemen in Amherst, MA. Then, last season, Boomercontinued his strong off-season as the mascot of the Missouri State Bears, taking home the CCR Mascot Mayhem Challenge along with the Missouri Valley Mascot Madness crown.
It all started six weeks ago, with 64 of the nation’s top mascots in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge.
This week, it came down to the final two. Boomer, representing the Missouri State Bears in the Missouri Valley Conference, was up against a perennial powerhouse in Petey, representing the Canisius Golden Griffins of the MAAC.
Petey had been a threat to win the contest in each of the past two seasons, but he had never made the Championship Pairing until this year. He was looking to build off his 4th place finish in last year’s challenge.
On the flip side, Boomer was making his first appearance in the challenge, and he quickly emerged as a front-runner in the Round of 64. He took home the most votes in the first round, and showed no signs of slowing down with each passing week.
With Boomer and Petey both in the finals, a new winner would be crowned the “Top Mascot in the NCAA” for the third straight year in the Mascot Mayhem Challenge.
The quest to find the ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA’ is starting to wind down, but the third instalment of the challenge has been the closest one yet.
With several newcomers to the challenge, it was unclear from the start as to who would assert themselves as a front-runner for the crown.
Two newcomers to the challenge this season earned spots in the Final Four, along with last year’s champion and a returnee to the Final Four from last year’s challenge. All four mascots who will appeared in the finals have seen a steady increase in fan support since the outset of the challenge, meaning the Final 4 should be exciting from day one.
In total, over 29,000 votes were cast over the seven days of the Final Four across Twitter, Instagram, and the Online Polls.