March Mugness Moves On To The Final Four(score); Go Vote Now!

[Editor’s Note: You can vote in the Final Four here; voting is open until Monday, March 29, at 12 noon ET. You’ll find coverage of the Sweet 16 here, and of the first round here.]

And then there were four.

Yes, we have reached the Final Four of the inaugural March Mugness, the greatest caffeine competition in the history of startup-y sports. Or something like that.

Oops, sorry—we mean the Final Four(score), in honor of our sponsor, Fourscore Business Law. Even though Fourscore head honcho Jesse Jones’ beloved lucettegrace went down in flames in the first round, he’s stepping up to support the Final Four(score) and Championship Game. (And if you want a quick and easy way to learn about stuffy legal subjects, check out their Briefs section.)

Here are the pairings:

Semifinal #1
Cocoa Cinnamon (Downtown Durham) v. La Farm (Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Cary)

Semifinal #2
Morning Times (Downtown Raleigh) v. Guglhupf (Burbs + NC State)

Now it’s time to vote! The Final Four(score) polls will be open until Monday, March 29, at Noon ET.

Wondering how we got here? Let’s look at the results from a thrilling Elite Eight:

Downtown Durham Region
No. 4 Cocoa Cinnamon 26, No. 1 Beyu 22
Hipster paradise Cocoa Cinnamon edged top-seeded Beyu to win the loaded Downtown Durham region. It probably didn’t help Beyu that Colopy Ventures World HQ is no longer located just across the street.

Killer C’s Region (Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Cary)
No. 3 La Farm 24, No. 2 Carolina Coffee Shop 20
La Farm may be more renowned as a bakery than a coffee purveyor, but the boulangerie held off Franklin Street staple Carolina Coffee Shop to reach the Final Four(score). Maybe all that yeast helped La Farm rise to the top.

Downtown Raleigh Region
No. 1 Morning Times 28, No. 6 Videri Chocolate 13
Top-seeded Morning Times ended the Cinderella run of Videri Chocolate, which can now turn its attention to the all-important Easter season. Now Morning Times will take on the java juggernaut that is Guglhupf.

Burbs + NC State Region
No. 2 Guglhupf 32, No. 4 Liquid State 11
Guglhupf continues its rampage through the bracket, having gobbled up its three opponents by an incredible 125-36 combined score. Many pundits claim that Durham mainstay Guglhupf is upset about being trundled off into the “Burbs” region and is using that perceived slight as motivation. But can that raw emotion get it past Oak City powerhouse Morning Times?

You can find coverage of the Sweet 16 here, and of the first round here.

And don’t forget to go vote in the Final Four(score)!

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