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  • The Ohio State Buckeyes are represented by their mascot, "Brutus the Buckeye," a smiling nut with human legs. Brutus was named after the official state tree of Ohio, the buckeye, and made the news last year after being violently tackled by a member of Ohio's own football team.
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  • Otto the Orange leads the charge for members of the Syracuse University team and can be seen at games sporting his regular blue pants and hat. Otto took over from the team's former mascot, a controversial Native American character named "The Saltine Warrior."
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  • Pistol Pete is one mean looking character. The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot has been around since 1923 and was reportedly inspired by American author and cowboy Frank Eaton.
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  • But back in the day, the Villanova Wildcats actually had a live bobcat that was kept in a cage on campus at the Fieldhouse, which they brought out during games at home and away. This lasted until the '50s when the practice was banned. These days, the team has to make do with their mascot, which resembles a terrifying cuddly cat toy.
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  • Providence Friars -- Don’t mess with Providence unless you want to risk the wrath of God, literally. The players from Providence College are called the Friars after the Dominican order that runs the college and are joined with the “Friar” mascot in long robes at games.
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  • "Herbie Husker” Nebraska Cornhuskers -- In Nebraska the mighty Cornhuskers or simply the “Huskers” take the court with their official mascot Herbie Husker in tow. The smiling mascot in a cowboy hat was even the subject of his own children’s book "Hello, Herbie Husker!"
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  • “Pistol Pete” New Mexico State Aggies - In New Mexico the athletic “Aggies” are joined by “Pistol Pete when they take the court.
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  • “Rameses” North Carolina Tar Heels -- Baby blue isn’t the only sign of an athlete from the University of North Carolina. Nicknamed the "Tar Heels," the athletes take the court wearing their signature blue and joined by the angry mascot "Rameses" or a bull-horn ram.
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  • Saint Louis Billikens -- At Saint Louis University, "Billikens" the mysterious “good luck figure” takes the court with players. The white pointy eared mascot was patented by a Missouri art teacher in 1908.
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  • “WuShock” Wichita State Shockers -- You may not think a stack of wheat is scary but tell that to the Wichita State Shockers. The "Shocker" name allegedly came because players earned money off season by harvesting or "shocking" wheat. Now a big bad bundle of wheat appears at the games.
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