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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782492 Can't we be friends? Can%27t+we+be+friends%3F CBK

Sorry, guys, but not all mascots are created equal. If you're looking for the real important analysis on this year's NCAA tournament, you're in the right place. We rank all the mascots from 68 to No. 1. Check it out.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29573272 Sparty Sparty CBK

Now this is how you do a mascot from the ancient world. Michigan State's Sparty is the total package. Iconic, imposing and good to look at.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29569236 Bucky Bucky CBK

Wisconsin's trademark badger mascot is as good as it gets. Bucky is one of the poster boys for the Big Ten's strong lineup of cheering critters. From the old-school, candy-striped shirt to the sleek badger head, we're big fans.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567662 Big Jay Big+Jay CBK

Be honest: You didn't need to look twice to know this one. You can't go wrong with iconic Big Jay, the sharp-looking bird mascot for the Kansas Jayhawks, clad in red, white and blue.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568261 Blue Devil Blue+Devil CBK

With one of the best (and most recognizable) masks in Mascotland, Duke's Blue Devil does the trick for us. It's not easy to pull off the cape tastefully, but somehow this horned guy makes it work.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568259 Albert E. Gator Albert+E.+Gator CBK

In a sea of cats, dogs and bears, the Florida Gators' long-snouted, green-and-orange mascot certainly stands out. Just the right amount of detail and school spirit, right down to the human-sized Gators hat on its head.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567875 Purdue Pete Purdue+Pete CBK

The Big Ten does it again. How can you not love Purdue Pete with those wide eyes and that pouty face? One of the best out there.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30775889 Jack Rabbit Jack+Rabbit CBK

Creativity. Spunk. Backwards '90s-style hat. South Dakota State's furry faithful has it all. We'll be rooting for him.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782500 Gael Force One Gael+Force+One CBK

Looking like something that just got done filming Team America 2, this guy is either ridiculous or genius ... and we're going to err on the side of genius. It's tough to see how Saint Mary's fans wouldn't be excited to see Gael Force One walk out on the court.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782497 Rocky the Bull Rocky+the+Bull CBK

Yes. Absolutely intimidating. But, also fun. South Florida may not even make it to the weekend, but every minute we get to see Rocky is a good one.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30784292 Cavman Cavman CBK

There's something about a goateed statesman that just does it for this committee. Well- deserved plaudits to Virginia.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567664 Rameses Rameses CBK

The oddly named Tar Heels of North Carolina thankfully gave us this lovable bighorn ram as their mascot instead of a mascot with a sullied heel. We're not sure what Rameses is doing so far outside his natural habitat, though.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568489 D'Artagnan D%27Artagnan CBK

All for one and one for all! The Xavier Musketeers deliver with D'Artagnan, the decked out swashbuckler with the flowing mustache. As for Xavier's other mascot, the Blue Blob, well ... judge for yourself.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29570271 Hook 'Em Hook+%27Em CBK

Bevo is much more jaw-dropping, but Texas understandably couldn't run a live longhorn steer out onto a basketball court. The costumed version (named Hook 'Em) is a fine facsimile and serves as a fitting tribute to his flesh-and-blood peer.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568454 Chief Osceola and Renegade Chief+Osceola+and+Renegade CBK

We're guessing they won't let Florida State's Chief Osceola bring his horse, Renegade, into the arena. But it's still a nifty way to show Seminoles pride.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29570274 Hey Reb Hey+Reb CBK

Can you tell we take a liking to Old West-looking dudes with outrageous mustaches? The UNLV Runnin' Rebels' namesake character is not someone you'd want to take on in a bar fight.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567873 Brutus Brutus CBK

Why did we toss Brutus — one of college's most famous mascots — in the middle of the list? Because it seems you either love this Ohio State Buckeye or think he's a total nut.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782473 The Billiken The+Billiken CBK

You can tell he's popular ... just look at the mosh pit. St. Louis' charming billiken will send you scrambling to Wikipedia to look up "billiken."

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30783150 Big Red Big+Red CBK

Much better than Western Kentucky's mascot of the same name, Lamar's cardinal is sharp and classic.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29570270 Hooter Hooter CBK

Any school with a truly unique mascot has a distinct advantage on this list. Throw in a costume that fits the bill, and you're a shoo-in for the top 20. Hooter, the Temple Owl, doesn't mess around.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782501 Tommy Titan Tommy+Titan CBK

Part Sparty, part Purdue Pete, Detroit's Tommy Titan's not quite cutting it for us. We don't think a real warrior would ever sport a T-shirt like that.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29572441 The Mountaineer The+Mountaineer CBK

We've been hard on the obviously human mascots so far. This is the exception. Something about that outfit just gets us fired up for basketball.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29585134 Pouncer Pouncer CBK

We wonder what that facial expression is supposed to mean, but Memphis' Pouncer is still the definitive tiger mascot in the field thanks to his getup and tiny hat.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29570813 Blackbird Blackbird CBK

With one of our favorite small-school mascots in the tourney, the Long Island Blackbirds have given us one sharp avian fan.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29570269 Otto the Orange Otto+the+Orange CBK

Syracuse's smiling orange ball is a little ridiculous at first glance, but the more we look at it, the more we appreciate it.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782486 Seymour d'Campus Seymour+d%27Campus CBK

The mascot of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles never sits down on the job. Nothing fancy, but it does the trick for us. Bonus points for the name.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782487 Killian Killian CBK

The second-best Gael mascot in the field (wait for it). Iona's sprightly lad is ready for action.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782471 Prospector Pete Prospector+Pete CBK

The gold-digging entrepreneur of Long Beach State is delightfully second-rate. And that smirk on his face just screams, "I'm going to get your money ... somehow."

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568558 The Bearcat The+Bearcat CBK

If you haven't had enough bears and cats on this list, here's the best of both worlds. A fine offering from Cincinnati with an eye-catching head.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782488 Monte Monte CBK

Montana's bandana-wearing, motorcycle-riding grizzly bear (not pictured) looks like a real good time.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782494 Big Al Big+Al CBK

Tough to say what else the Crimson Tide should've had for a mascot, but come on, an elephant? Alabama's beloved Big Al is clearly a ladies' man, but he's not our favorite.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568258 Bruiser Bruiser CBK

A solid bear offering from the folks at Belmont. There's nothing flashy about the Bruins' mascot, but it does the job.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30784293 Cam the Ram Cam+the+Ram CBK

We could do without the bandana here. We really could. Just be yourself, Cam. Colorado State needs you.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782495 Rufus the Bobcat Rufus+the+Bobcat CBK

You might remember Ohio's Rufus from an infamous incident in which he attacked Ohio State's iconic Brutus the Buckeye. If only the basketball team could match that intensity ...

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29574518 Golden Eagle Golden+Eagle CBK

The Marquette Golden Eagles went the straightforward route with their namesake mascot. Takes more than that to top this list.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782469 Bruiser Bruiser CBK

It's just tough to make the bear seem original. Baylor doesn't really succeed here, but we are aware of the anti-bear bias that is growing within our ranks.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567665 Rocky Rocky CBK

So many bulldog mascots in collegeland make it tough to distinguish, but UNC-Asheville delivered with an especially fierce and hungry adaptation.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567661 Cardinal Bird Cardinal+Bird CBK

Louisville's Cardinal Bird sports a refined, classic look that's highlighted by the great headdress. The shaggy, all-red body suit is a little unsightly and lazy.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782466 Pistol Pete Pistol+Pete CBK

Pretty aggressive in this day in age to have a mascot sporting not one but two ready-to-fire guns. Props to New Mexico State for keeping it old school.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 11043254 Mr. C Mr.+C CBK

Vanderbilt's eponymous commodore does the job just fine ... he just doesn't wow us.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782464 Cy the Cardinal Cy+the+Cardinal CBK

Iowa State couldn't very well have an actual cyclone be its mascot, so it went with the most logical next option ... a bird.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29582395 Rodney the Ram Rodney+the+Ram CBK

The VCU Rams' main man Rodney seems a little too cartoonish to make it to the top of the heap.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782490 The Bona Wolf The+Bona+Wolf CBK

He sure looks happy to be in the NCAA tournament. St. Bonaventure's wolf mascot looks nice, though we don't think brown is the best color for him.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568262 Spike Spike CBK

We might appreciate Spike more if not for the laundry list of "Bulldog" teams in the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga's effort looks more like a stone ogre with flabby arm skin than a rough-and-tumble canine.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568263 Truman the Tiger Truman+the+Tiger CBK

Looking like a bad ripoff of Tony the Tiger, Missouri's Truman is a little lacking in creativity and flair. Bonus points, though, for the homage to former U.S. president and Missouri native Harry Truman in the name.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567655 Cosmo Cosmo CBK

It seems the manufacturer forgot to include eyes on BYU's scruffy Cougar mascot. Another negative: the gloved human fingers sticking out below the brown sleeves. Sort of hurts the illusion.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782465 The Delta Devil The+Delta+Devil CBK

Bad comic book villain? No! It's a Division-I school's mascot. Mississippi Valley State gets major points for creativity ... but little else.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567656 Jonathan the Husky Jonathan+the+Husky CBK

Expressionless face and a silly name (a tribute to Connecticut's first governor) hamper the UConn Huskies' beloved showman. We understand he kind of has to be all white, but is that really doing it for anyone?

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782493 Billy the Bluejay Billy+the+Bluejay CBK

Creighton's bird is clearly a man of the people, but shouldn't there be some expression on his face? A smile? A growl? Anything!

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782499 Mr. Wuf Mr.+Wuf CBK

A little raggedy in appearance, North Carolina State's offering isn't really turning heads in the "Cats and Dogs Division." In case you're wondering, yes, there is a Mrs. Wuf too.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782472 Chip Chip CBK

That's the skinniest buffalo we've ever seen. It's a fitting look for Colorado, champions of the thinnest power conference of all. Zing!

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782489 Loyola Greyhound Loyola+Greyhound CBK

The real mascot is a pretty standard giant dog costume. Kudos for going with "greyhounds." Bold choice.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568260 Jack the Bulldog Jack+the+Bulldog CBK

With far more inventive bulldog mascots on the list, the Georgetown Hoyas' all-gray Jack certainly loses its luster ... though we do like the toe detail.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29569237 Willie the Wildcat Willie+the+Wildcat CBK

Well ... it's a great head. But where's the rest of it? Kansas State's version of the wildcat starts off strong before becoming a big disappointment.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782496 Rally Cat Rally+Cat CBK

That face is incredibly creepy. And the name is too corny to be true, right? The Catamounts are messing with us? A catamount is defined as any of a group of wild cats like cougars or lynx. You have to pick one, Vermont.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782474 Dunker Dunker CBK

There's a non-inflatable version as well, but this image was too good to pass up. Murray State ... best of luck to you.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30786195 Lobo Louie (and Lobo Lucy) Lobo+Louie+%28and+Lobo+Lucy%29 CBK

Something is wrong with your tongue, Louie. New Mexico's scraggly wolf looks a little malnourished too.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568266 The Kentucky Wildcat The+Kentucky+Wildcat CBK

Someone get this cat some food. Kentucky's skinny, mangy Wildcat mascot hasn't received an upgrade since its inception in the late 1970s. Maybe it's time to do that. To be fair, Kentucky has a more modern-looking model as well, though we can't reward indecisiveness too much.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30784294 Norfolk State Spartan Norfolk+State+Spartan CBK

You're playing from behind in the Spartan category with Michigan State's classic Sparty setting the bar. Apologies to Norfolk State.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782470 Clutch Clutch CBK

Lehigh, you're kind of annoying us with this one. The name is pretentious. That pose is pretentious. And what is going on with the feet?

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782498 Oski Oski CBK

Doesn't Oski look like he'd fit right in at Cal? The get-up says, "I'm ready for my next class," but the enthusiasm says, "... only after we win our play-in game."

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782475 Mr. Cat Mr.+Cat CBK

Is it a mascot or a Snuggie? We may never know. Either way, it doesn't give us much cause to root for Davidson. And "Mr. Cat?" That's what your four-year-old daughter names the family bobtail.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29567876 Montezuma the Aztec Warrior Montezuma+the+Aztec+Warrior CBK

San Diego State's costumed human looks more like an "American Gladiators" contestant.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29568271 The Leprechaun The+Leprechaun CBK

Let the hate mail begin! While plenty of our fine readers surely will disagree, we just aren't inspired by a guy in a green suit. Notre Dame's Leprechaun is iconic and fits the Fighting Irish name perfectly, but he's not scoring any points in the creativity department.

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We could debate this one all day, but let's just cut to the chase: This is terrible. The only thing Wichita State did right is find a mascot perfectly deserving of the team nickname "Shockers."

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782467 Big Red Big+Red CBK

Unless we're attending Sesame Street On Ice, we don't want to see something like this. Note to Western Kentucky: Nothing that can be described as a "blob" is a good idea.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 29581859 Michigan Wolverines Michigan+Wolverines CBK

Though it briefly had live wolverine mascots in the 1920s and again in the late 1930s (it was deemed too dangerous to the animals and their handlers to continue), Michigan has had a proud tradition since of not having a mascot.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30782463 Indiana Hoosiers Indiana+Hoosiers CBK

Another school with no mascot. But we love the red-and-white striped pants. Stay classy, Indiana.

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CBK 99 43 Ranking the mascots for the 2012 NCAA tournament 30784295 Harvard Crimson Harvard+Crimson CBK

Officially, Harvard's mascot is John Harvard, namesake of Harvard. That's it. John Harvard, of course, died in 1638. So it'll be interesting to see what they do this weekend.

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