Radford's Highlander ranked as best mascot of all teams in NCAA tournament
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Radford University Highlanders may be the number 16 seed heading into the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, but they do come out on top in one list.
USA Today ranked all 68 of the NCAA tournament teams based on their names or mascot.
They said they hope it will help you win your pool or maybe just appreciate how many awesome monikers and mascots are out there.
68-64 (tied): Villanova Wildcats, Kansas State Wildcats, Davidson Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, and Arizona Wildcats. I think we know why they are all at the bottom.
59-56: Texas Southern Tigers, Missouri Tigers, Clemson Tigers, Auburn Tigers -- again not much originality guys.
52: Loyola Chicago Ramblers. According to the university, they got their name because in 1926 the football team traveled extensively across the United States "rambling" from place to place for games, earning the nickname "Ramblers."
48. Virginia Tech Hokies
41. St. Bonaventure Bonnies
40. Texas A&M Aggies
39. Kansas Jayhawks
38. Tennessee Volunteers
37. Ohio State Buckeyes
31. Purdue Boilermakers
29. Arkansas Razorbacks
26. Florida State Seminoles
19. West Virginia Mountaineers
17. Virginia Cavaliers
15. Texas Tech Red Raiders
14. New Mexico State Aggies
13. North Carolina Tar Heels
12. Miami Hurricanes
11. UNC Greensboro Spartans
9. Duke Blue Devils
8. Arizona State Sun Devils
7. TCU Horned Frogs
6. Marshall Thundering Herd
5. San Diego State Aztecs
4. UMBC Retrievers: his name is Tru Grit and he's a retriever.
3. Wichita State Shockers: It's just a giant pile of wheat.
2. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
1. Radford Highlanders: Radford University said Rowdy Red first premiered as the mascot on December 9, 1981 and on September 28, 1996, the Highlander was introduced as the new mascot at the first Highlanders Festival.
The Highlander became the nickname for the athletic teams in 1979.