In a normal world, today would mark the second day of the second round of the NCAA Tournament. But thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, nothing is as it should be.
While those games aren’t happening, we’re hoping our version of March Madness — a bracket dedicated to all-things Rutgers — will provide a needed distraction from what’s going on outside our front doors.
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This is how it will work: On the usual tournament days, we’ll reveal the matchups here and on Twitter. That’s your opportunity to vote for the athlete, celebrity, tradition or moment that you think most deserves to move onto the next round.
We’ll keep going until April 6, which would have been the day of the national championship game.
Friday’s first-round matchups included celebrities and moments. The results of those votes decided today’s second-round matchups below.
Based on what we saw Friday, we should buckle up for a wild ride, with an 11-seed and a 14-seed making it to the second round.
This region is all about the most famous people to attend Rutgers university — the actors, the educators, the politicians.
1 James Gandolfini vs. 9 Roy Scheider
Gandolfini advanced with 86% of the 138 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 16 Kathryn Tappen.
Scheider advanced with 56% of the 90 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 8 Elizabeth Warren.
5 Jane Krakowski vs. 4 David Stern
Krakowski advanced with 72% of the 86 votes cast in her first-round matchup vs. 12 Marc Ecko.
Stern advanced with 88% of the 92 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 13 Ozzie Nelson.
14 Jerry Izenberg vs. 11 Calista Flockhart
Izenberg, the NJ Advance Media columnist, pulled off the upset of the first round, advancing with 54% of the 114 votes cast vs. 3 Kristin Davis.
Flockhart is another Cinderella, advancing with 55% of the 93 votes cast in her first-round matchup vs. 6 Bill Bellamy.
7 Milton Friedman vs. 2 Mario Batali
Friedman advanced with 86% of the 84 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 10 Frank Iero.
Batali advanced with 58% of the 98 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 15 Natalie Morales.
This region is reserved for the greatest moments in the history of Rutgers athletics.
1 1869 first game vs. 8 Eric LeGrand brings axe onto field
1869 advanced with 83% of the 78 votes cast in its first-round matchup vs. 16 Garden State Bowl.
LeGrand advanced with 77% of the 87 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 9 Texas Bowl.
5 Wrestling NCAA champions vs. 4 ’76 Final Four
The Wrestling champions advanced with 76% of the 96 votes cast in their first-round matchup vs. 12 C Viv’s 1,000th win
The 1976 Final Four advanced with 92% of the 83 votes cast in its first-round matchup vs. 13 “Rutgers North” wins Super Bowl.
3 The 2006 Louisville game vs. 6 Greg Schiano’s return
The 2006 Louisville game advanced with 89% of the 80 votes cast in its first-round matchup vs. 14 Football’s 1961 unbeaten season.
Schiano advanced with 78% of the 90 votes cast in his first-round matchup vs. 11 1991 soccer glory.
10 The 2007 Women’s Final Four vs. 2 Big Ten invitation
The 2007 Women’s Final Four advanced with 78% of the 82 votes cast in its first-round matchup vs. 7 The 1982 AIAW title.
The Big Ten invitation advanced with 77% of the 79 votes cast in its first-round matchup vs. 15 Women’s soccer 2015 Final Four.
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