By Caitlin Flynn
The two No. 1 seeds playing for the NCAA men's basketball championship Monday night could not be more different, especially when dissecting the matchup and picking a champion based on the mascots, as we've done all tournament long to great success.
The Badgers of Wisconsin have taken the theme song from the 2014 Lego Movie and proven it true: "Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team." The Blue Devils of Duke, however, are individuals by nature, vying for leadership of the underworld, or simply a higher draft grade.
The Blue Devils are composed of strong, talented players, many of which will be moving on to bigger things in the sport, including freshman leader Jahlil Okafor, who could be the top pick in the NBA Draft. The Badgers, on the other hand, have succeeded by working as a team, growing as teammates at the school, as opposed to the now-popular "one-and-done" player. Frank Kaminsky, a senior, is the national player of the year.
Collaborative behavior and trust in the capabilities of others has lead to the success of the Badger family. They work together as one unit to destroy any encroaching danger and are even known for striking first. Their complete offensive mentality defeated two strong packs of Wildcats in the last week, Arizona and previoulsy-undefeated Kentucky, proving they are most effective as a team, complementing each other's strengths, fueling common players to attain uncommon success.
In contrast, the Blue Devils are devised of individuals that are playing for potential NBA stardom, and so focused on their potential professional careers they may even put a Magic or Wizard uniform on by mistake. Coach K will make sure that doesn't happen Monday night, as he'll personally dress five Blue Devils for the game, the rest should be able to dress themselves correctly.
If the Badgers are able to put the breaks on the Blue Devils early, defeating each individual one-by-one, they will have no problem becoming the leader of all mascots and become college basketball's national champions.