The 12 most unsettling mascots in the 2017 NCAA Tournament
The eyes. The head shape. The facial expression. For one reason or another, certain collegiate mascots tend to be more off-putting than others. Here are the 12 most unsettling mascots among teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
12. Will D. Cat (Villanova): The mascot for the top-seeded Wildcats seems normal enough until you stare into those eyes for a couple seconds. Of all the Wildcat mascots, Will is the only one who could probably succeed in making you a little uncomfortable. (Getty Images)Photo by: Ed Zurga 11. Alfie (Nevada): Like Will, the Wolf Pack mascot seems normal enough until you stare into his eyes. Maybe Alfie will help distract No. 12 seed Nevada's first-round opponent, Iowa State, who has a creepy mascot of their own we'll get to shortly. (Getty Images)Photo by: David Becker 10. Rudy Flyer (Dayton): The mascot for the No. 7 seed Flyers wouldn't be especially creepy if it wasn't for the goggles, which makes him look like something out of "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Getty Images)Photo by: Jamie Squire 8. Bucky the Pirate (East Tennessee State): Of all the pirate mascots in college sports, Bucky -- representing the No. 13 seed Buccaneers -- is arguably the most unsettling. It's that blank stare, really. (Getty Images)Photo by: Doug Pensinger 7. Emmit S. Burg (Mount St. Mary's): The mascot for the 16th-seeded Mountaineers looks like he probably refers to dinner as "supper." Also, that belt buckle. (Getty Images)Photo by: Joe Robbins 6. Pistol Pete (Oklahoma State): Two things make the mascot of the No. 10 seed Cowboys a tad creepy: His human hands, and his head, which seems like it belongs on the body of a dummy. (Getty Images)Photo by: Ed Zurga 5. Killian (Iona): Let's just say the mascot for the No. 14 seed Iona Gaels (a gael is someone who speaks Gaelic or whose ancestors were Gaelic) is not one we'd want to bump into in a dark alley. (Getty Images)Photo by: Chris Chambers 4. Sebastian the Ibis (Miami): Some mascots have eyes that are just way too big. The mascot for the No. 8 seed Hurricanes goes too far the other direction with this beady, dead-eye look. (Getty Images)Photo by: Kevin C. Cox 3. Demon Deacon (Wake Forest): Honestly, would you expect the mascot of a school called the Demon Deacons to be anything other than disturbing? Fortunately, Wake Forest has already been eliminated from the tournament. (Getty Images)Photo by: Streeter Lecka 2. Cy the Cardinal (Iowa State): The No. 5 seed Cyclones will one-up Nevada's mascot with this guy, sporting the cheshire cat-like grin. How would you like to wake up to this face staring back at you? (Getty Images)Photo by: Ed Zurga 1. WuShock (Wichita State): It really couldn't have been anyone else. It's the disheveled hair that shot the mascot of the No. 10 seed Shockers to the top of our list. Now GET OFF HIS LAWN! (Getty Images)Photo by: Jamie Squire