Nike’s School-By-School March Madness Ads Are Super-Cool

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Nike’s always good for some kickass advertising, and their slate of team-specific sloganeering posters for March Madness is no exception. Here are 15 of the best.

The Oakland Zoo is the name of the Pittsburgh Panthers’ cheering section, and the only Panthers in Los Angeles in March — where Pitt’s bracket will take them if they keep winning — should be the team and its fans.

Butler jumped from the Horizon League to the A-10 before last year and is headed to the new Big East following this one. Butler is a serial monogamist.

“The Eagle Has Landed” is a rad WWII movie starring MICHAEL CAINE, and Marquette basketball is the Eagles.

Buffaloes in the paint, yo.

Syracuse won the national championship in 2003, making this year’s tourney the decade anniversary.

There are casinos in Las Vegas.

The rest of D.C. is pretty much paralyzed by bureaucratic red tape, but Georgetown continues to play impressive basketball and have students who own BMWs at 18.

Tom Izzo could take 12 corrugated grain silos to the Final Four. Grain silos don’t even have hands.

Since 1984, the Blue Devils have only missed the tournament once.

Montana came out of the Big Sky conference to make the tourney. Also, Montana is nicknamed “Big Sky Country.” Also, rocket ships.

Well, there’s the fact that St. Louis has the Arch, but this resonates more because SLU is one of the tournament’s most charismatic mid-majors.

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I.

Davidson currently owns the nation’s longest winning streak, at 17 games, largely thanks to hot shooting. (You’ll notice here that the athletes pictured are actually stock images.)

Belmont Stakes, running horses, boom.

New Rochelle, same as the Old Rochelle: a high ratio of vowels to consonants in Iona’s name.

You can’t win them all, though. Oregon’s slogan is the worst of the lot, which is funny because Oregon is Nike’s pet school. The reign/rain pun is a reach.

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