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.

119 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t figure out how to get Merimack in.  The highest I’ve managed to place them is tied for 15th, and that required Colgate to win its conference at #18 and moving the bubble higher.

    •  Here is how to get Merrimack in.

      – Jayson

      Atlantic Hockey
      Semifinal #2: RIT defeats NiagaraSemifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Air ForceChampionship game: RIT defeats Mercyhurst

      CCHA
      Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Western MichiganSemifinal #1: Michigan defeats Bowling GreenChampionship game: Miami defeats MichiganConsolation game: Bowling Green defeats Western Michigan

      ECAC
      Semifinal #2: Harvard defeats CornellSemifinal #1: Union defeats ColgateChampionship game: Union defeats HarvardConsolation game: Colgate defeats Cornell

      Hockey East
      Semifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston UniversitySemifinal #1: Boston College defeats ProvidenceChampionship game: Boston College defeats Maine

      WCHA
      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: North Dakota defeats St. Cloud StateSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: North Dakota defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: Denver defeats North Dakota

    • I like how losing a 3 game series against maine, having two 2-1 losses, and a 3-2 win (4-2 with EN goal) in a tight hard fought series against Maine, makes a team drop that much in the standings to teams that sucked their tournament far worse. Northern Michigan GAINS ground and passes them by having a worse record AND were swept by bowling green, a far worse team than Maine.

      Maine is a team who by the way seems guaranteed to be in. Even if providence, bowling green, harvard/colgate, and any WCHA team win their tournaments’ Maine still ends up 12th and makes it in

      Clearly the RPI sucks, using a statistic as outdated and “objective” as win percentage solely to rank teams, is stupid. Merrimack’s SOS is that much worse than NMU? Because playing 3 game series against Hockey East teams are weaker than CCHA? C’mon what a joke.

      •  The numbers say differently, but the smell test tells me that Merrimack SHOULD be ahead of Northern Michigan. They lost to Maine (who more than likely is tourney bound), played in an extremely tough Hockey East conference, has been a top team for much of the year, etc.

        But this is what happens when you drop 4 points to BC and BU, and 3 points to UML in the new year (not to mention dropping 3 points to UNH). The only HE team ahead of them they did well against was Maine (3/4 in reg season), but we saw what happened in the playoffs. Merrmiack simply could not get wins against the top competition, and now are paying the price for it. Even if all they got was a measly 4 points from those 14, they are probably in decent shape.

    •  There are actually numerous permutations where merrimack is tied for 15th given there are no upsets (unranked autobids) thus the decision comes down to the committee.  I found a single string of events that got merrimack tied for 14th, but again there was an extra autobid so it became the committees choice.  They are very precariously placed and in the end it is highly unlikely, but not impossible, for them to get it.  I’m sure there are many combinations I did not try that might benefit them, but I have yet to find one.

  2. I can’t figure out how to get Merimack in.  The highest I’ve managed to place them is tied for 15th, and that required Colgate to win its conference at #18 and moving the bubble higher.

    •  Here is how to get Merrimack in.

      – Jayson

      Atlantic Hockey
      Semifinal #2: RIT defeats NiagaraSemifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Air ForceChampionship game: RIT defeats Mercyhurst

      CCHA
      Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Western MichiganSemifinal #1: Michigan defeats Bowling GreenChampionship game: Miami defeats MichiganConsolation game: Bowling Green defeats Western Michigan

      ECAC
      Semifinal #2: Harvard defeats CornellSemifinal #1: Union defeats ColgateChampionship game: Union defeats HarvardConsolation game: Colgate defeats Cornell

      Hockey East
      Semifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston UniversitySemifinal #1: Boston College defeats ProvidenceChampionship game: Boston College defeats Maine

      WCHA
      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: North Dakota defeats St. Cloud StateSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: North Dakota defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: Denver defeats North Dakota

    • I like how losing a 3 game series against maine, having two 2-1 losses, and a 3-2 win (4-2 with EN goal) in a tight hard fought series against Maine, makes a team drop that much in the standings to teams that sucked their tournament far worse. Northern Michigan GAINS ground and passes them by having a worse record AND were swept by bowling green, a far worse team than Maine.

      Maine is a team who by the way seems guaranteed to be in. Even if providence, bowling green, harvard/colgate, and any WCHA team win their tournaments’ Maine still ends up 12th and makes it in

      Clearly the RPI sucks, using a statistic as outdated and “objective” as win percentage solely to rank teams, is stupid. Merrimack’s SOS is that much worse than NMU? Because playing 3 game series against Hockey East teams are weaker than CCHA? C’mon what a joke.

      •  The numbers say differently, but the smell test tells me that Merrimack SHOULD be ahead of Northern Michigan. They lost to Maine (who more than likely is tourney bound), played in an extremely tough Hockey East conference, has been a top team for much of the year, etc.

        But this is what happens when you drop 4 points to BC and BU, and 3 points to UML in the new year (not to mention dropping 3 points to UNH). The only HE team ahead of them they did well against was Maine (3/4 in reg season), but we saw what happened in the playoffs. Merrmiack simply could not get wins against the top competition, and now are paying the price for it. Even if all they got was a measly 4 points from those 14, they are probably in decent shape.

    •  There are actually numerous permutations where merrimack is tied for 15th given there are no upsets (unranked autobids) thus the decision comes down to the committee.  I found a single string of events that got merrimack tied for 14th, but again there was an extra autobid so it became the committees choice.  They are very precariously placed and in the end it is highly unlikely, but not impossible, for them to get it.  I’m sure there are many combinations I did not try that might benefit them, but I have yet to find one.

  3. I have yet to find a way for UML to miss the tourney. The lowest I have gotten them is a tie for 11, and that’s assuming all 5 leagues have a team that wouldn’t have gotten an at large bid win. I would also say Union are Maine are also in the near lock category

    • Here is how UML is out.

      – Jayson
       

      Atlantic
      Hockey

      Semifinal #2: RIT defeats NiagaraSemifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Air ForceChampionship game: RIT defeats Mercyhurst

      CCHA

      Semifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats MiamiSemifinal #1: Michigan defeats Bowling GreenChampionship game: Western Michigan defeats
      MichiganConsolation game: Miami defeats Bowling Green

      ECAC

      Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats HarvardSemifinal #1: Colgate defeats UnionChampionship game: Colgate defeats CornellConsolation game: Union defeats Harvard

      Hockey
      East

      Semifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston UniversitySemifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston CollegeChampionship game: Providence defeats Maine

      WCHA

      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: North Dakota defeats St. Cloud StateSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: North Dakota defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: Denver defeats North Dakota

      •  so they have a 99.999999% chance of getting in. And unless you watched Lowell this season and saw how they played against teams in the top 10 (BU BC and Maine) then you clearly have no clue that they shouldn’t be in the tourney(in response to below)

        • obviosly being a Lowell fan your new at this,,,,it has nothing to do with whos
           deserving…its all about the pairwise formula,,,,,,this guy gets the right teams every year

  4. I have yet to find a way for UML to miss the tourney. The lowest I have gotten them is a tie for 11, and that’s assuming all 5 leagues have a team that wouldn’t have gotten an at large bid win. I would also say Union are Maine are also in the near lock category

    • Here is how UML is out.

      – Jayson
       

      Atlantic
      Hockey

      Semifinal #2: RIT defeats NiagaraSemifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Air ForceChampionship game: RIT defeats Mercyhurst

      CCHA

      Semifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats MiamiSemifinal #1: Michigan defeats Bowling GreenChampionship game: Western Michigan defeats
      MichiganConsolation game: Miami defeats Bowling Green

      ECAC

      Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats HarvardSemifinal #1: Colgate defeats UnionChampionship game: Colgate defeats CornellConsolation game: Union defeats Harvard

      Hockey
      East

      Semifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston UniversitySemifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston CollegeChampionship game: Providence defeats Maine

      WCHA

      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: North Dakota defeats St. Cloud StateSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: North Dakota defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: Denver defeats North Dakota

      •  so they have a 99.999999% chance of getting in. And unless you watched Lowell this season and saw how they played against teams in the top 10 (BU BC and Maine) then you clearly have no clue that they shouldn’t be in the tourney(in response to below)

        • obviosly being a Lowell fan your new at this,,,,it has nothing to do with whos
           deserving…its all about the pairwise formula,,,,,,this guy gets the right teams every year

  5. Wow, that acually is scary.  So if UND loses to SCSU or beats SCSU and subsequenlty loses to MN they could be out???  How do they not get in?

    • The only way they don’t get in is if teams that wouldn’t have gotten in end up winning their conference tourney.  For example, Bowling Green wins the CCHA, Michigan Tech or St. Cloud win the WCHA, Colgate wins the ECAC, Providence wins Hockey East.  The catch here is that all of these scenarios would have to happen in order for the Sioux to not get in.

      On a side note, I would like to say that as a Bemidji State fan, I made my first trip to the Ralph this past weekend.  My hatred for the Sioux was lightened quite a bit, you have very courteous fans, a beautiful building to play in, and an all around fun atmosphere at your home games.  It made my Beavers getting swept a lot less painful.

    • Atlantic Hockey
      Does not matter. Every scenario leaves UND at 12.
      CCHASemifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats Miami
      Semifinal #1: Bowling Green defeats Michigan
      Championship game: Bowling Green defeats Western Michigan
      Consolation game: Does not matter. Michigan or Miami leaves UND at 12.
      ECAC
      There are many scenarios that leave UND at 12 if Harvard or Colgate win the championship.
      Hockey EastSemifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston University (This is the key game.  If Maine loses this game, every scenario of the other leagues I’ve tried puts UND in at 11 or above)
      Semifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston College
      Championship game: Providence defeats Maine
      WCHAPlay-in #1: Denver defeats Michigan Tech
      Play-in #2: St. Cloud State defeats North Dakota
      Semifinal #1: St. Cloud State defeats Minnesota
      Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-Duluth
      Championship game: St. Cloud State defeats Denver

  6. Wow, that acually is scary.  So if UND loses to SCSU or beats SCSU and subsequenlty loses to MN they could be out???  How do they not get in?

    • The only way they don’t get in is if teams that wouldn’t have gotten in end up winning their conference tourney.  For example, Bowling Green wins the CCHA, Michigan Tech or St. Cloud win the WCHA, Colgate wins the ECAC, Providence wins Hockey East.  The catch here is that all of these scenarios would have to happen in order for the Sioux to not get in.

      On a side note, I would like to say that as a Bemidji State fan, I made my first trip to the Ralph this past weekend.  My hatred for the Sioux was lightened quite a bit, you have very courteous fans, a beautiful building to play in, and an all around fun atmosphere at your home games.  It made my Beavers getting swept a lot less painful.

    • Atlantic Hockey
      Does not matter. Every scenario leaves UND at 12.
      CCHASemifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats Miami
      Semifinal #1: Bowling Green defeats Michigan
      Championship game: Bowling Green defeats Western Michigan
      Consolation game: Does not matter. Michigan or Miami leaves UND at 12.
      ECAC
      There are many scenarios that leave UND at 12 if Harvard or Colgate win the championship.
      Hockey EastSemifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston University (This is the key game.  If Maine loses this game, every scenario of the other leagues I’ve tried puts UND in at 11 or above)
      Semifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston College
      Championship game: Providence defeats Maine
      WCHAPlay-in #1: Denver defeats Michigan Tech
      Play-in #2: St. Cloud State defeats North Dakota
      Semifinal #1: St. Cloud State defeats Minnesota
      Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-Duluth
      Championship game: St. Cloud State defeats Denver

    • Just figured it out:

      Atlantic Hockey
      Semifinal #2: Niagara defeats RITSemifinal #1: Air Force defeats MercyhurstChampionship game: Air Force defeats Niagara

      CCHA
      Semifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats MiamiSemifinal #1: Bowling Green defeats MichiganChampionship game: Bowling Green defeats Western MichiganConsolation game: Michigan defeats Miami

      ECAC
      Semifinal #2: Harvard defeats CornellSemifinal #1: Union defeats ColgateChampionship game: Harvard defeats UnionConsolation game: Cornell defeats Colgate

      Hockey East
      Semifinal #2: Boston University defeats MaineSemifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston CollegeChampionship game: Providence defeats Boston University

      WCHA
      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: St. Cloud State defeats North DakotaSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: St. Cloud State defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: St. Cloud State defeats Denver

        • If a lot of unranked auto-bids get in by upsetting their way through conference championships and a couple of pair-wise rankings flip it is possible, although unlikely.

          Play with the pairwise predictor and try it.  I believe my scenario above put Maine ranked at tied for 12th (not a huge shift in pairwise), but put 5 lower-ranked teams in as auto-bids by winning their conferences.  Only 16 teams get in, so a 12th ranked Maine would be out.  It relies on a large number of unlikely upsets.

    • Just figured it out:

      Atlantic Hockey
      Semifinal #2: Niagara defeats RITSemifinal #1: Air Force defeats MercyhurstChampionship game: Air Force defeats Niagara

      CCHA
      Semifinal #2: Western Michigan defeats MiamiSemifinal #1: Bowling Green defeats MichiganChampionship game: Bowling Green defeats Western MichiganConsolation game: Michigan defeats Miami

      ECAC
      Semifinal #2: Harvard defeats CornellSemifinal #1: Union defeats ColgateChampionship game: Harvard defeats UnionConsolation game: Cornell defeats Colgate

      Hockey East
      Semifinal #2: Boston University defeats MaineSemifinal #1: Providence defeats Boston CollegeChampionship game: Providence defeats Boston University

      WCHA
      Play-in #2: Denver defeats Michigan TechPlay-in #1: St. Cloud State defeats North DakotaSemifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-DuluthSemifinal #1: St. Cloud State defeats MinnesotaChampionship game: St. Cloud State defeats Denver

        • If a lot of unranked auto-bids get in by upsetting their way through conference championships and a couple of pair-wise rankings flip it is possible, although unlikely.

          Play with the pairwise predictor and try it.  I believe my scenario above put Maine ranked at tied for 12th (not a huge shift in pairwise), but put 5 lower-ranked teams in as auto-bids by winning their conferences.  Only 16 teams get in, so a 12th ranked Maine would be out.  It relies on a large number of unlikely upsets.

    •  Will be good to see Millan there, he was absolutely amazing and the only reason BU won that series.  Not sure if 150 saves in a 3 game series has been done before…

      • The only reason BU won, is UNH blew it!  This time of the season, a 4-1 lead should be big enough……just shows UNH didnt have it this year period!

        •  I agree blowing a 4-1 lead is bad, but to score 4 on 21 shots, then have him stop 51 in a row.  He played great all 3 games.
          I also agree UNH was missing the normal offensive firepower, played a very young group, and until Digi was finally pulled the D and G hurt them too.  Once DeSmith was inserted, they became a solid team, just couldn’t quite get the W’s, as shown by a number of OT losses and 10 one goal losses.
          I never said UNH had a great year, but Millan played extremely well… and I absolutely can’t stand BU… so hope you Mainers have better success against them this weekend.  Good Luck!

          • Were hoping to have the same success we had down there a while ago….trust me, never would I have thought we’d put 4 wins together against at the time probably the best two teams in the country with BC/BU.  We will surely find out!

          •  I agree… that definitely got Maine on a roll.  If Sullivan can keep up his play, they certainly have a legit shot.

        •  They did still win 15 games, which a lot of schools would call a pretty good season.
          Millan never got the credit he deserved because he won a NC as a freshman, where do you go from there?

          • Goalies never hardly get any credit no matter who they are, and what they do…never said he was a bad goalie…just saying UNH blew it….but then again that just shows that HE is by far the best comference in college hockey….to have Prov lay a egg against UML 2 weeks ago, and then beat them this past weekeend….I think HE and the WCHA should do what they do in basketball (with the ACC/Big Ten) and play a entire weekend with teams again one another. I think the HE would win more…..but thats my imput. 

          •  That would be a lot of fun… having a HE/WCHA weekend.  I think HE is the best conference as well and yes, UNH did blow it, but he contributed with an incredible weekend.  It was nice to see a lower seed in Providence beat UML too.

          • I feel like I am eavesdropping but what the heck. I am a Minnesota fan here and I think that is a GREAT idea. Both are very strong conferences and would make for some great hockey. Warning: if the WCHA comes out on top, those who preach WCHA superiority would become even MORE unbearable.Good luck to you in your tournaments.

          • Dont feel like your cutting in…we all have opinions…just would think it’d be very cool to do something like that…….HE/WCHA are pretty even Im thinking.   All the best in Minn, and who knows we might see you in TB!

    •  Will be good to see Millan there, he was absolutely amazing and the only reason BU won that series.  Not sure if 150 saves in a 3 game series has been done before…

      • The only reason BU won, is UNH blew it!  This time of the season, a 4-1 lead should be big enough……just shows UNH didnt have it this year period!

        •  I agree blowing a 4-1 lead is bad, but to score 4 on 21 shots, then have him stop 51 in a row.  He played great all 3 games.
          I also agree UNH was missing the normal offensive firepower, played a very young group, and until Digi was finally pulled the D and G hurt them too.  Once DeSmith was inserted, they became a solid team, just couldn’t quite get the W’s, as shown by a number of OT losses and 10 one goal losses.
          I never said UNH had a great year, but Millan played extremely well… and I absolutely can’t stand BU… so hope you Mainers have better success against them this weekend.  Good Luck!

          • Were hoping to have the same success we had down there a while ago….trust me, never would I have thought we’d put 4 wins together against at the time probably the best two teams in the country with BC/BU.  We will surely find out!

          •  I agree… that definitely got Maine on a roll.  If Sullivan can keep up his play, they certainly have a legit shot.

        •  They did still win 15 games, which a lot of schools would call a pretty good season.
          Millan never got the credit he deserved because he won a NC as a freshman, where do you go from there?

          • Goalies never hardly get any credit no matter who they are, and what they do…never said he was a bad goalie…just saying UNH blew it….but then again that just shows that HE is by far the best comference in college hockey….to have Prov lay a egg against UML 2 weeks ago, and then beat them this past weekeend….I think HE and the WCHA should do what they do in basketball (with the ACC/Big Ten) and play a entire weekend with teams again one another. I think the HE would win more…..but thats my imput. 

          •  That would be a lot of fun… having a HE/WCHA weekend.  I think HE is the best conference as well and yes, UNH did blow it, but he contributed with an incredible weekend.  It was nice to see a lower seed in Providence beat UML too.

          • I feel like I am eavesdropping but what the heck. I am a Minnesota fan here and I think that is a GREAT idea. Both are very strong conferences and would make for some great hockey. Warning: if the WCHA comes out on top, those who preach WCHA superiority would become even MORE unbearable.Good luck to you in your tournaments.

          • Dont feel like your cutting in…we all have opinions…just would think it’d be very cool to do something like that…….HE/WCHA are pretty even Im thinking.   All the best in Minn, and who knows we might see you in TB!

  7. Excellent Analysis: While I believe that the ECAC is an underrated league, they could end up with no one at the big dance. The pair wise at this point would heavily penalize Union or Cornell if they loose to a TCU team. That being said, if Union Sweeps, both Colgate and Cornell, and some teams do their part, you could be looking at a #1 seed.

  8. Excellent Analysis: While I believe that the ECAC is an underrated league, they could end up with no one at the big dance. The pair wise at this point would heavily penalize Union or Cornell if they loose to a TCU team. That being said, if Union Sweeps, both Colgate and Cornell, and some teams do their part, you could be looking at a #1 seed.

  9. UMass-Lowell not in and Merrimack even having a chance has to be the longest shot out there.  Maine could very well beat BU – they did so 2x recently, but no way Providence wins the HEA tourney….

  10. UMass-Lowell not in and Merrimack even having a chance has to be the longest shot out there.  Maine could very well beat BU – they did so 2x recently, but no way Providence wins the HEA tourney….

  11. Michigan State is in. Can’t find a way to get them out unless another non favorite type of team wins their tourney. MSU and WMU are tied for 14th and MSU wins the comparison.

  12. Michigan State is in. Can’t find a way to get them out unless another non favorite type of team wins their tourney. MSU and WMU are tied for 14th and MSU wins the comparison.

  13. I can’t find a “Predictor” scenario that keeps U Mass Lowell out. Even when all conference winners come from outside the current Pairwise top 16.

    How can the Riverhawks miss?

  14. I can’t find a “Predictor” scenario that keeps U Mass Lowell out. Even when all conference winners come from outside the current Pairwise top 16.

    How can the Riverhawks miss?

  15. Actually I come up with “only” 1,179,648. That’s 2^17 * 3^2 to account for the two games that can end up tied – ECAC & CCHA consolation games. No more WCHA consolation, I don’t believe

    But understanding that not all these possibilities are equally likely, yeah, I’d say that Union, Lowell, North Dakota, and Maine fans should be considering their vacation schedules for next weekend. And even Denver should feel pretty good about their chances, given their strength of schedule, unless there’s a major run of upset tournament champions.

    PS not trying to hide my identity, just too lazy to register…

  16. Actually I come up with “only” 1,179,648. That’s 2^17 * 3^2 to account for the two games that can end up tied – ECAC & CCHA consolation games. No more WCHA consolation, I don’t believe

    But understanding that not all these possibilities are equally likely, yeah, I’d say that Union, Lowell, North Dakota, and Maine fans should be considering their vacation schedules for next weekend. And even Denver should feel pretty good about their chances, given their strength of schedule, unless there’s a major run of upset tournament champions.

    PS not trying to hide my identity, just too lazy to register…

  17. How is it that a team like Harvard have a few good wins at the end of a season, not be ranked all year, play the likes of Brown, etc.,end up with a bid even if they win the ECAC? Why bother if you are Union or Cornell to even attempt for a good season, just to be overlooked at the end? Don’t get it, never did.

    • Because each league with an autobid chooses the method of its autobid. Most leagues in championship NCAA sports (of course excluding the ridiculous BCS Football cartel) favor a playoff system, with the winner of the league’s championship getting the automatic bid.

      Some leagues have all their teams make the league tournament. Some, like Hockey East, only select the top X teams, in HE’s case 8 of the ten teams. Finally, some league, like the Ivy League in basketball, choose the regular season champion without a tournament, using a tie-breaker playoff game when necessary.

      The leauges, in general, like the post-season tournaments. They offer many advantages (except for those held in Atlantic City) like the following:
      1) A place for fans and alumni to meet while watching their teams or their rivals
      2) A place to hand out regular season league awards
      3) A nice trophy to the team that wins
      4) A financial boost to the league in the form of gate receipts and even television contracts
      5) Exposure for the game and for programs
      6) Exciting hockey with no ties and no shootouts

      On the women’s side, a BU team that was decimated by injuries barely defeated a Providence team that otherwise could only make the NCAA by winning the Hockey East playoffs. Northeastern sat at home, having been eliminated by BU. BC was good enough in pairwise to get in. But it was exciting hockey for all.

  18. How is it that a team like Harvard have a few good wins at the end of a season, not be ranked all year, play the likes of Brown, etc.,end up with a bid even if they win the ECAC? Why bother if you are Union or Cornell to even attempt for a good season, just to be overlooked at the end? Don’t get it, never did.

    • Because each league with an autobid chooses the method of its autobid. Most leagues in championship NCAA sports (of course excluding the ridiculous BCS Football cartel) favor a playoff system, with the winner of the league’s championship getting the automatic bid.

      Some leagues have all their teams make the league tournament. Some, like Hockey East, only select the top X teams, in HE’s case 8 of the ten teams. Finally, some league, like the Ivy League in basketball, choose the regular season champion without a tournament, using a tie-breaker playoff game when necessary.

      The leauges, in general, like the post-season tournaments. They offer many advantages (except for those held in Atlantic City) like the following:
      1) A place for fans and alumni to meet while watching their teams or their rivals
      2) A place to hand out regular season league awards
      3) A nice trophy to the team that wins
      4) A financial boost to the league in the form of gate receipts and even television contracts
      5) Exposure for the game and for programs
      6) Exciting hockey with no ties and no shootouts

      On the women’s side, a BU team that was decimated by injuries barely defeated a Providence team that otherwise could only make the NCAA by winning the Hockey East playoffs. Northeastern sat at home, having been eliminated by BU. BC was good enough in pairwise to get in. But it was exciting hockey for all.

  19. Glad to see that the WCHA has scuttled the consolation game.  I’d rather have the postseason tourney be the means to win your way into the NCAA field than lose your way out.

  20. Glad to see that the WCHA has scuttled the consolation game.  I’d rather have the postseason tourney be the means to win your way into the NCAA field than lose your way out.

  21. Dave – perhaps the most interesting fact this past weekend: Northeastern comes from behind in the third period in a gritty 4-3 win against UMass. I haven’t seen a group of impact freshman this good since a kid named Paul Karyia arrived in Orono.

  22. Dave – perhaps the most interesting fact this past weekend: Northeastern comes from behind in the third period in a gritty 4-3 win against UMass. I haven’t seen a group of impact freshman this good since a kid named Paul Kariya arrived in Orono.

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