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NCAA Tournament round one picks: Candace and Russell

For the D-III tournament, D-III Editor Candace Horgan has decided to join the picks race. She and Russell will pick each round’s game.

Wentworth at Plymouth
Candace: Wentworth swept Plymouth at Plymouth in early January, and I don’t think much has changed since then, so expect the Leopards to move on.
Russell: We have arguably the two weakest Eastern conference champions facing off for the right to be Norwich’s sacrificial lamb. Wentworth will get the “honor” in a close one,  defeating Plymouth for the third time this year.

Milwaukee School of Engineering at Gustavus Adolphus
Candace: Two words: Connor Toomey. I think Toomey’s goaltending outweighs Ross Ring-Jarvi’s scoring ability, and think MSOE comes out on top in a close one.
Russell: I’m still one of  those snobs who doesn’t buy into the MCHA’s ability to compete on the  national level, despite Adrian’s success last year. I’ll take Gustavus pulling away as the game goes on.

St. Thomas at St. Norbert
Candace: St. Thomas gets new life after losing in the MIAC tournament to St. Olaf. It doesn’t matter however, as defending champs St. Norbert move on.
Russell: Many felt St. Norbert got ripped off and should have been able to play the lowest Western seed, MSOE. I feel it won’t matter, as St. Norbert will win by three.


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