The picks and pairings have been announced. My thoughts:

Looks like they went strictly by seedings:

E1. Plattsburgh

E2. Amherst

E3. Hobart

E4. Elmira

E5. Neumann

E6. Nichols

E7. Babson

W1. UW-Superior

W2. UW-Stout

W3. St. Scholastica

W4. Gustavus Adolphus

It looks like St. Norbert was 4.3 seconds away from being about to defend its title. If Hobart beats Neumann, the Green Knights are in and the just plain Knights are out.

The East gets all three play-in games, which I said I didn’t think would happen, but, since the West has had its #2 seed in a play-in for the past few years, I guess the precedent was clear.

Other than maybe switching Hobart and Elmira, I would have made these same picks myself, although I thought could have been 6-5. But I guess the east has three play-in games in exchange for another team in the tournament.