Thursday, March 20, 2008

NCAA Tournament Best Logos Bracket - The Rest

Continuing on with my picks...

Sweet Sixteen

East Regional

1. North Carolina Tar Heels
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Two schools with classic interlocking logos and solid secondary logos. The strength of the leprechaun is just too much for the Tar Heel logo. Winner: Notre Dame

3. Louisville Cardinals
10. South Alabama Jaguars
It's basically clip-art, but something about that Jaguar is just, awesome. Winner: South Alabama


Midwest Regional

1. Kansas Jayhawks
13. Siena Saints
The Cinderella story ends for Siena. The novelty of the Saint Bernard wore off and the consistent Jayhawk gets the win. Winner: Kansas

3. Wisconsin Badgers
2. Georgetown Hoyas
Two heavyweight logos, but tonight I'm a little obsessed with Bucky Badger. Good effort by the Hoyas, though. They just ran into a buzzsaw. Winner: Wisconsin


South Regional

1. Memphis Tigers
12. Temple Owls
Finally, Memphis comes up against a professional logo. Temple destroys them. Calipari weeps. Winner: Temple

14. Cornell Big Red
10. Saint Mary's Gaels
Two Cinderella's, only one spot in the Elite Eight. St. Mary's clover logo is on fire. Winner: Saint Mary's


West Regional

1. UCLA Bruins
5. Drake Bulldogs
The Bulldog cannot be stopped. UCLA's silly script of an abbreviation finally gets the boot. Winner: Drake

6. Purdue Boilermakers
2. Duke Blue Devils
Duke has coasted on reputation up until this point. But the Boilermakers cowcatcher pushed the Blue Devils off the tracks and into the woods. Winner: Purdue


Elite Eight

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
10. South Alabama Jaguars
It was a nice run for the Jaguars, but clip-art just can't get past logos as iconic as Notre Dame's. Winner: Notre Dame

1. Kansas Jayhawks
3. Wisconsin Badgers
Best game of the tournament so far. Kansas barely squeaks by basically because of just how well known the Jayhawk is. Bucky Badger, not so much outside of Wisconsin. Winner: Kansas

12. Temple Owls
10. Saint Mary's Gaels
The Temple logo is very nice, but it's a pretty basic owl, not a ton of creativity involved to create it. The Saint Mary's logo, on the other hand, is a one of a kind. Winner: St. Mary's

5. Drake Bulldogs
6. Purdue Boilermakers
The Bulldog is very nice, the best Bulldog of the bunch. But much like the Temple logo, it has peers. Purdue's logo is very unique. Winner: Purdue


Final Four

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
1. Kansas Jayhawks
This is a very tough call, both school's logos are classics. But Kansas squeezes by because of how much it represents college basketball. Notre Dame would get the nod in football. Winner: Kansas

10. Saint Mary's Gaels
6. Purdue Boilermakers
Two unique logo, but the Cinderella newcomer Saint Mary's takes home the cake simply because it is so much more eye catching than the Boilermaker's train. Winner: Saint Mary's


Championship

1. Kansas Jayhawks
10. Saint Mary's Gaels
The Gaels had a very nice run and their logo is definitely deserving of the top spot. But the Jayhawks logo is just a little bit better. Winner: Kansas


Ok, that was ridiculous. Saint Mary's in the Final Four? Highly doubtful. But what do you want to bet that this bracket ends up doing a lot better than some of the brackets that I actually put thought into? I'd be willing to bet that this one ranks near the top of all my brackets. If it doesn't win, it'll probably be the one where I picked the winners based on which mascots would kill the other mascots.