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Great Danes top mascot

The UAlbany Great Danes won an unofficial tournament of best mascots.

A bracket was setup by the website SB Nation to determine the best mascot of all the teams competing in the men's NCAA tournament.

"Why not use mascots to determine a champion? It's as good as an idea as any other," wrote Cory Williams in a post about the mascot competition.

Below you can view the bracket, which has UAlbany topping Oklahoma in the finals.

"What is this, you say? Albany has won the NCAA Tournament? Blasphemy! I'd tend to agree. However, as I just mentioned, Albany's mascot is the Great Dane, and they do not hesitate to model both his appearance and his collar after the Greatest Dane in history. Other quality mascots include the Pitt Panther and the Marquette Golden Eagle. All of the competitors in the Final Four were high quality and the decision-making process was grueling," wrote Williams.

"When it came down to a battle between blue eyes (Boomer) and the cartoon dog, we had to go with nostalgia. Congratulations to the Albany Great Danes!"

Follow @poozer87 on Twitter for updates about UAlbany in the NCAA tournament.

NCAA Mascot Bracket

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