Villanova’s mascot would beat UNC’s in a fight, per science

The Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels are currently going head-to-head at NRG Stadium in Houston in the 2016 NCAA Tournament final. The two teams will looking to claim the national title with a hard fought effort on the court.

But what would happen if it was up to the mascots to settle the score?

Well, according to an “animal expert” on USA TODAY Sports’ For the Win, the Wildcats would win hands down.

“You wouldn’t think a bobcat would be able to take down prey as big as a wild sheep, a ram, but they’re pretty ferocious,” David Mizejewski, a naturalist and animal expert with the National Wildlife Federation, said. “You wouldn’t think a bobcat would be able to take down prey as big as a wild sheep, a ram, but they’re pretty ferocious.”

Those poor rams would be no match.

“Well, I think that what would happen in that 20 percent is that the ram would escape being killed,” Mizejewski said. “Based on the nimbleness of these animals in their habitats, those rocky crags and higher elevations, I think the ram would have a good chance of escaping.”

Ouch.

Let’s be glad this is all settled with some good old-fashioned basketball and without harming any animals.

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