BY VICTORIA MAJCHRZAK
Princetonians tend to mask the pain of the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament with the memory of the Doug Davis ’12 buzzerbeater against Harvard. The truth is, though, that year was all about a different rivalry: the No. 13 Tigers lost to No. 4 University of Kentucky in the first round of the tournament on a last-second layup by Kentucky. The final score, 59-57, was enough to make Princeton’s coach Sydney Johnson actually cry at the ensuing press conference and forced the Tigers into limbo thinking about when they would have the opportunity to avenge that crushing loss.
Well, the Tigers got another chance, but it wasn’t on the basketball courts. The Cooking Channel recently hosted a competition with a spin on March Madness brackets, pitting different college campus foods against each other, and the results are shockingly similar to how the 2011 tournament played out. Nassau Street’s Hoagie Haven’s Phat Lady, consisting of mozzarella sticks and French fries on top of a cheesesteak, was competing against Harvard’s Mr. Bartley’s Viagra Burger, and Princeton easily walked away with the first round win with 65.38% of the vote (2,644 votes) as compared to the Crimson’s 34.62% (1,400).
Princeton then moved on to the Elite 8 where it would face off against Kentucky’s Ho Burger and Tots–a burger seasoned with salty-sweet sauce accompanied by cheesy tots. But alas, it happened again: Kentucky walked away with the win, taking 54% of the vote (5,383) as compared to Princeton’s 46% (4,586). While the Wildcats advanced to the Final Four to take on Marquette, Princeton was once again forced out of the bracket by Kentucky.