Round of 32 NCAA Team Mascot Facts & other Oddities

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For NCAA March Madness basketball enthusiasts, here are some odd facts about the 32 teams that remain in the tournament:

  • State with the Most Teams: Florida (3): Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami
  • Teams with Golden in the nicknames: (3) Cal Golden Bears, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Marquette Golden Eagles
  • Teams with a color as a mascot: (2) Syracuse Orange, Harvard Crimson
  • Teams from the same city: (2) Philadelphia – Temple, La Salle
  • Teams with the same mascot: (4) Bulldogs: Butler, Gonzaga; Rams: VCU, Colorado State
  • Teams with bird mascots: (7) Marquette Golden Eagles, Creighton Bluejays, Kansas Jayhawks, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Louisville Cardinals, Oregon Ducks, Temple Owls
  • Teams named after state residents: Indiana Hoosiers, Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Teams that are natural disasters: (2) Miami Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones
  • Weirdest Mascots: Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Wichita State Shockers, Syracuse Orange, Harvard Crimson, Saint Louis Billikens
  • Strange Animal Mascots: (2) Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan Wolverines
  • Nuts, Grains and Fruits: Ohio State Buckeyes, Wichita State Shockers, Syracuse Orange
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