Ranking the 10 Strangest Mascots in College Basketball

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Ranking the 10 Strangest Mascots in College Basketball
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Let's take a break from the 2014-15 college basketball season previews and address a far more important topic: bizarre mascots.

After all, it wouldn't be fair to talk about Saint Louis' outlook for next season without first addressing the elephant-like creature on the sideline. Or wait, is it an elf? Or, maybe a cloud with bat ears and googly eyes?

Whatever it is, the Billiken is one of the strangest mascots in a college basketball world with dozens of really weird stuffed creatures.

You won't find any Bulldogs, Eagles, Tigers or Wildcats on this list. Just some of most unique characters the game has to offer.

As far as ranking logic goes, mascots were ranked loosely by the perceived ability of an average college basketball fan to identify the creature being depicted and explain its connection to the school it represents.

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