Four Things You (likely) Didn’t Know about Tonight’s NCAA Tournament Teams

  1. Western Kentucky University’s school store has it’s own mascot named Blanco.  He or she has a book coming out and you can connect to his or her blog here.  
  2. Not to be outdone by WKU’s store mascot, the President of Mississippi Valley State, Dr. Donna H. Oliver, also has a blog. She even wrote about tonight’s game. I wished her luck here.  
  3. Those who attend Iona College are Gaels. This is defined on the school’s website as “anyone of Irish-Gaelic ancestry, consistent with the Irish tradition of Iona.” Additionally, “the Gael, which is depicted as a spunky character, provides Iona with a nickname consistent with the school motto, certa bonum certamen, (“fight a good fight”) and personifies strength.” (see it for yourself here).

This is a Gael from Iona

4.  Brigham Young University’s college of management is the  Marriott School.  Yep, it’s the Marriott Hotel family.  Among the three secrets of success named by founder J. Willard Marriott? Marrying right. You can read the whole story here.   BYU has a Romney Institute there too.  The presidential hopeful graduated from the school with a B.A. in English.

Not that you were wondering, but I picked MVSU and Iona to win the games. I can’t name a player on any of the teams, but I know what Blanco the school store mascot looks like.

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