10 most terrifying mascots in this year’s NCAA Tournament

WASHINGTON — At their best, mascots are weird. Maybe some are funny or vaguely “cute,” but at the end of the day, they are humans inside anthropomorphic felt costumes. Some are fine, just fine. Some are not fine.

If you watch this year’s NCAA Tournament, you will be exposed to mascots in both categories. While I feel no need to warn you about the former, if you’re not well-versed in college basketball, you should really brace yourself for the latter. With 351 Division I teams, schools have gotten creative with not just their school nicknames, but with the characters that represent them. And some of those characters seem specifically designed to haunt your dreams.

So without further ado, here are the 10 most terrifying mascots in this year’s field of 68.


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