Thanks to the fans of Buffalo State athletics, Benji the Bengal and Niagara County Community College's mascot, Tripp, advanced to the second round of the State University of Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Mascot Madness, the month-long social media-driven, NCAA bracket-style competition between SUNY campuses to name New York's favorite mascot. Voting for the second round of the tournament began at noon.
Benji will be facing Tripp from Niagara County Community College. Everyone is eligible to cast a vote every 12 hours. Fans con vote between Benji and Tripp here.
Links to the rest of the rounds will be available at blog.suny.edu/mascot-madness-2017.
The format of the contest is a single-elimination bracket of four divisions with five rounds. All mascots were randomly placed into the four regions and were ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents.
Vote now through Wednesday at 4 p.m. to help one of them advance to the Elite Eight.
Below is the complete competition schedule for the remainder of this year's contest:
- Round 2: March 20 (noon) – March 22 (4 p.m.)
- Round 3: March 24 (noon) – March 27 (4 p.m.)
- Round 4: March 29 (noon) – March 31 (4 p.m.)
- Round 5: April 3 (noon) – April 5 (4 p.m.)