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College Hockey:
What I Believe

Let’s play “What I Believe” again.

Before we play, I need to put out a disclaimer. There are a lot of scenarios out there and I don’t have an algorithm, or computer program to look at it (though someone should write one for me), so “What I Believe” is only what I have taken a look at thus far. I can be proven wrong, and have been known to have been.

If you find a scenario that disproves “What I Believe”, please post it or email me.

So here we go, here’s “What I Believe”

I Believe that there are eight spots already taken.

What I Believe are the Locks (8)
These teams are in the tournament regardless of what happens. I have yet to find a way for these teams to not get an at-large bid. Some can drop as low as a four seed, but, they are in.

Boston College
Michigan
Minnesota-Duluth
Miami
Boston University
Ferris State
Minnesota
Atlantic Hockey Champion

I Believe This Is The Bubble
These are teams that may or may not receive at at-large bid. They need results to fall their way if they don’t win their conference tournaments, or are already eliminated from their conference tournaments and are waiting to see if they get an at-large bid. These teams can get anywhere from four to eight remaining at-large bids.

Union
Massachusetts-Lowell
Maine
North Dakota
Denver
Cornell
Michigan State
Northern Michigan
Western Michigan
Merrimack

I Know These Teams Have To Win It To Get In It
The headline says it all. These teams have to win their tournaments to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Air Force
Niagara
RIT
Mercyhurst
Bowling Green
Colgate
Harvard
Providence
Michigan Tech
St. Cloud

So there you have it, the first edition of “What I Believe” this week.

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