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The NCAA Isn't Letting This Mascot Into The Arena Today

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Butler, a No. 10 seed in the East Region, is set to begin its NCAA Tournament run today. The Bulldogs are playing No. 7 seed Arkansas.

The program will be without its mascot at tipoff, though. He's not being allowed inside the arena.

Unfortunately, the NCAA has a rule that prohibits live mascots from entering the arena for NCAA Tournament games. So, Butler's bulldog, Blue, is going to have to wait outside (or somewhere else).

Butler announced the news on Twitter with some very sad photos.

"Unfortunately, due to NCAA rules, this is as close as I’ll get to the action this weekend. No matter, because I have plenty to keep me busy in the Detroit area. You can’t keep a good Dawg down," Butler wrote.

The rule makes sense (you don't want a live tiger or something inside a confined space like an arena) but what's the worst a chubby bulldog could do?

Barring a last-second change, Blue is going to have to watch his boys play on TV.

Tipoff is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on truTV.

Butler is a 1.5-point favorite, despite being the lower seed.