<italics>It's tournament time, the brackets are set and everyone is trying to make tough calls about which teams have the best chance to win at all. Yet on the sidelines, working hard like they always do, will be the mascots. While football features </italics><italics>several traditional mascot powerhouses</italics><italics>, the NCAA men's basketball tourney allows mascots from smaller conferences to shine under the bright lights.</italics> <italics>Trying to determine the best mascot in this year's field is no easy task. There are many factors to consider, including distinctiveness, quirk and enthusiasm. There's no right answer when it comes to ranking mascots, but we tried our best. Without further ado, here are the Sweet 16 mascots in the 2014 bracket.</italics> Albany would be ranked higher if it used Scooby-Doo as its mascot, but we won't penalize the school too greatly. This is a mean-looking dog that somehow manages to remain adorable at the same time.