Mascots: B. The NCAA Tournament is in many ways a mascot show. And San Diego State's Aztec Warrior is among the nation's best. The Aztec Warrior is impressive. Massive headdress with ornamentation and black feathers. Bare chested. Spear and shield. A conch shell he uses as a horn. Very cool. Meanwhile, OU countered with Boomer (hey, where's Sooner?), the kid-friendly horse who polarizes a lot of Sooner fans. San Diego State added a kid-friendly mascot a few years ago and had to eliminate the furry creature because of fan outrage.
Freshmen: C. OU's three rookie guards were decent in the first half. Je'lon Hornbeak, Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield combined for 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with eight rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. But in the second half, they were a liability, combining for three points on 1-of-6 shooting with two assists and two steals.