March Munchies: Foreseeable 1st round results set up savory Sweet 16


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March Munchies is a single-elimination tournament between 32 restaurants in the Rutgers/New Brunswick area voted on by members of the community. It is inspired by the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament affectionately known as March Madness and runs through the entire month of March.


The first round of March Munchies has come and gone, taking with it all but one of the favored seeds among its 16 matchups.

The only upset of the first round came on the second day in the Cook/Douglass bracket, where fifth-ranked Brother Jimmy’s narrowly defeated No. 4 Mamouns by just 10 votes to advance to the Sweet 16.

There were other close calls for top four seeds. Second-seeded Daniels defeated seventh-seed Indochine by 25 votes while four-seed Krispy escaped an upset by 22 votes to fifth-seed Ramen Nagomi by just 12 votes in the College Avenue bracket that saw the first round’s lowest turnout of the weekend.

When all was said and done, the first round of March Munchies didn’t quite channel the madness of the basketball tournament that inspired it.

All but one No. 1 seed crushed their eighth-ranked opponent by a triple-digit margin. The same can be said for half of the 2/7 and 3/6 matchups.

Here are the full results of the first weekend:

Day One (Busch):

No. 1 Stuff Yer Face 396 votes (330 Targum Poll + 66 Twitter) defeats No. 8 Picken Chicken 70 votes (66 + 4)

No. 2 P.J’s Pizza 348 (300 + 48) defeats No. 7 Noodle Gourmet 187 (170 + 17)

No. 3 Sanctuary 275 (248 + 27) defeats No. 6 Bubbakoo’s Burritos 161 (135 + 26)

No. 4 Fritz 291 (255 + 36) defeats No. 5 Chapati House 135 (124 + 11)

Day Two (Cook/Douglass)

No. 1 Tacoria 200 (161 + 39) defeats No. 8 Efes 69 (66 + 3)

No. 2 Destination Dogs 218 (193 + 25) defeats No. 7 Bagel Nosh 64 (54 + 10)

No. 3 Olive Branch 191 (152 + 39) defeats Cheezen 66 (58 + 8)

No. 5 Brother Jimmy’s 151 (125 + 26) defeats No. 4 Mamouns 141 (113 + 28)

Day 3 (College Avenue)

No. 1 RU Hungry? 123 (86 + 37) defeats No. 8 Teri Teri 28 (22 + 6)

No. 2 Daniel’s Pizza 81 (52 + 29) defeats No. 7 Indochine 56 (48 + 8)

No. 3 Wings Over 100 (63 + 27) defeats No. 6 Knight Wagon 65 (43 + 22)

No. 4 Krispy 81 (53 + 28) defeats No. 5 Ramen Nagomi 59 (48 + 11)

Day 4 (Livingston)

No. 1 Hansel & Griddle 243 (198 + 45) defeats No. 8 Edo 70 (64 + 6)

No. 2 Diesel & Duke 145 (120 + 25) defeats No. 7 Criminals & Tacos 83 (72 + 11)

No. 3 Honeygrow 129 (100 + 29) defeats No. 6 Filipos Pizza 100 (86 + 14)

No. 4 KBG 180 (157 + 23) defeats No. 5 Jersey Subs 113 (98 + 15)

As predictable as the first round ended up being, the Sweet 16 is loaded with upset potential. 

Look out for the 1 seed vs. 4 seed games in the Busch (Stuff Yer Face vs. Fritz) and College Avenue (RU Hungry? vs. Krispy Pizza) brackets to go down to the wire.

The 2 seed vs. 3 seed matchups in the Livingston (Honeygrow vs. Diesel & Duke) and Cook/Douglass (Olive Branch vs. Destination Dogs) regions should be interesting as well.

The competitiveness of the Sweet 16 will be aided by a new voting system. 

Rather than have two matchups a day over the course of the four-day weekend like the first round, polls for the Sweet 16 open on Thursday morning for all eight contests and will remain open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m, leaving plenty of time for everyone to vote.

As a reminder, polls are located on our website, our Twitter account and at the bottom of this article.

Let the madness begin.

Busch:

1) Stuff Yer Face vs. 4) Fritz

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2) P.J.'s Pizza vs. 3) Sanctuary

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College Avenue:

1) RU Hungry? vs. 4) Krispy Pizza

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2) Daniel's Pizza vs. 3) Wings Over Rutgers

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Cook/Douglass:

1) Tacoria vs. 5) Brother Jimmy's

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2) Destination Dogs vs. 3) Olive Branch

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Livingston:

1) Hansel n' Griddle vs. 4) KBG

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2) Diesel & Duke vs. 3) Honeygrow

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March Munchies is a single-elimination tournament between 32 restaurants in the Rutgers/New Brunswick area decided by votes from the community. Polls are open Thursday through Sunday throughout the entire month of March, each week representing a different round in the tournament.

Make sure to follow us @Daily_Targum on Twitter and check our voting page frequently to stay up to date on every round and voting opportunity.


Brian Fonseca

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