Just days out, and Hockey East teams pack the middle of the field

UMass-Lowell enters the conference championship weekend as the final No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament picture (photo: Omar Phillips).

It’s time once again to do what we like to call Bracketology, college hockey style. It’s our weekly look at how I believe the NCAA tournament will wind up come selection time.

It’s a look into what are the possible thought processes behind selecting and seeding the NCAA tournament teams.

This will be the last Bracketology until we make our final picks before the field is announced on Sunday.

Those of you that are veterans of the college hockey scene know that it is all about the PairWise Rankings. This is USCHO’s numerical approach that simulates the way the NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey committee chooses the teams that make the NCAA tournament.

Since USCHO began the PairWise Rankings, we have correctly identified all of the teams that have been selected to the NCAA tournament.

I am the only prognosticator to have correctly predicted the exact brackets for the NCAA tournament in four of the last five years, meaning that I have predicted how the committee thought when putting together the brackets.

This is not a be-all, end-all analysis of the bracket. I am trying to give you, the reader, an idea of what the committee might be thinking and not exactly what they are thinking.

If you want to skip the inner workings and get to the results of the analysis, then click here.

Here are the facts:

• Sixteen teams are selected to participate in the national tournament.

• There are four regional sites (East — Albany, N.Y.; Northeast — Worcester, Mass.; Midwest — Cincinnati; West — St. Paul, Minn.).

• A host institution that is invited to the tournament plays in the regional for which it is the host and cannot be moved. There are four host institutions this year: Union in Albany, Holy Cross in Worcester, Miami in Cincinnati and Minnesota in St. Paul.

• Seedings will not be switched. To avoid undesirable first-round matchups, including intraconference games (see below), teams will be moved among regionals, not reseeded.

Here are the NCAA’s guidelines on the matter, from the 2016 pre-championship manual:

In setting up the tournament, the committee begins with a list of priorities to ensure a successful tournament on all fronts, including competitive equity, financial success and the likelihood of a playoff-type atmosphere at each regional site. For this model, the following is a basic set of priorities:

1. Once the six automatic qualifiers and 10 at-large teams are selected, the next step is to develop four groups from the committee’s rankings of 1-16. The top four teams are No. 1 seeds and will be placed in the bracket so that if all four teams advance to the Men’s Frozen Four, the No. 1 seed will play the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed in the semifinals. The next four are targeted as No. 2 seeds. The next four are No. 3 seeds and the last four are No. 4 seeds.

2. Step two is to place the home teams. Host institutions that qualify will be placed at home.

3. Step three is to fill in the bracket so that first-round conference matchups are avoided, unless it corrupts the integrity of the bracket. If five or more teams from one conference are selected to the championship, then the integrity of the bracket will be protected (i.e., maintaining the pairing process according to seed will take priority over avoidance of first-round conference matchups). To complete each regional, the committee assigns one team from each of the remaining seeded groups so there is a No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seed at each regional site.

Given these facts, here is the top 16 of the current PairWise Rankings (PWR), and the highest remaining seed in the conference playoffs through all games as of March 16:

1 North Dakota
2 Quinnipiac
3 St. Cloud State
4 Providence
5 Boston College
6t Denver
6t Michigan
8t Massachusetts-Lowell
8t Boston University
10 Yale
11 Harvard
12 Notre Dame
13 Minnesota-Duluth
14 Northeastern
15 Michigan Tech
16 Cornell
17t Minnesota
19t Robert Morris

Current highest remaining seeds remaining in conference tournaments:

Atlantic Hockey: Robert Morris
Big Ten: Minnesota
ECAC Hockey: Quinnipiac
Hockey East: Boston College
NCHC: North Dakota
WCHA: Michigan Tech

Notes

• Bracketology assumes that the season has ended and there are no more games to be played — i.e., the NCAA tournament starts tomorrow.

• The highest seed remaining in its conference tournament is my assumed conference tournament champion and recipient of the automatic bid.

Step one

From the committee’s report, choose the 16 teams in the tournament.

We break ties in the PWR by looking at the individual comparisons among the tied teams, and add in any current league leaders that are not currently in the top 16. The only teams that are not are Minnesota and Robert Morris.

From there, we can start looking at the ties and bubbles in a more detailed fashion.

The ties and bubbles consist of Denver and Michigan, and Massachusetts-Lowell and Boston University.

We break all of our ties based upon the RPI.

Therefore, the 16 teams in the tournament, in rank order, are:

1 North Dakota
2 Quinnipiac
3 St. Cloud State
4 Providence
5 Boston College
6 Denver
7 Michigan
8 Massachusetts-Lowell
9 Boston University
10 Yale
11 Harvard
12 Notre Dame
13 Minnesota-Duluth
14 Michigan Tech
15 Minnesota
16 Robert Morris

Step two

Now it’s time to assign the seeds.

No. 1 seeds: North Dakota, Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State, Providence

No. 2 seeds: Boston College, Denver, Michigan, Massachusetts-Lowell

No. 3 seeds: Boston University, Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame

No. 4 seeds: Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Robert Morris

Step three

Place the No. 1 seeds in regionals.

No. 1 North Dakota is placed in the West Regional in St. Paul.
No. 2 Quinnipiac is placed in the Northeast Regional in Worcester.
No. 3 St. Cloud State is placed in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati.
No. 4 Providence is placed in the East Regional in Albany.

Step four

Now we place the other 12 teams so as to avoid intra-conference matchups if possible.

Begin by filling in each bracket by banding groups. Remember that teams are not assigned to the regional closest to their campus sites by ranking order within the banding (unless you are a host school, in which case you must be assigned to your home regional).

If this is the case, as it was last year, then the committee should seed so that the quarterfinals are seeded such that the four regional championships would be played by No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5.

So therefore:

No. 2 seeds

No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell is placed in No. 1 North Dakota’s regional, the West Regional.
No. 7 Michigan is placed in No. 2 Quinnipiac’s regional, the Northeast Regional.
No. 6 Denver is placed in No. 3 St. Cloud State’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 5 Boston College is placed in No. 4 Providence’s regional, the East Regional.

No. 3 seeds

Our bracketing system has one regional containing seeds 1, 8, 9, and 16; another with 2, 7, 10 and 15; another with 3, 6, 11 and 14; and another with 4, 5, 12 and 13.

No. 9 Boston University is placed in No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell’s regional, the West Regional.
No. 10 Yale is placed in No. 7 Michigan’s regional, the East Regional.
No. 11 Harvard is placed in No. 6 Denver’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 12 Notre Dame is placed in No. 5 Boston College’s regional, the East Regional.

No. 4 seeds

One more time, taking No. 16 vs. No. 1, No. 15 vs. No. 2, etc.

Since Minnesota is a host institution, we must place Minnesota in the West Regional.

No. 15 Minnesota is sent to No. 1 North Dakota’s regional, the West Regional.
No. 16 Robert Morris is sent to No. 2 Quinnipiac’s regional, the Northeast Regional.
No. 14 Michigan Tech is sent to No. 3 St. Cloud State’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 13 Minnesota-Duluth is sent to No. 4 Providence’s regional, the East Regional.

The brackets as we have set them up:

East Regional (Albany):
13 Minnesota-Duluth vs. 4 Providence
12 Notre Dame vs. 5 Boston College

Northeast Regional (Worcester):
16 Robert Morris vs. 2 Quinnipiac
10 Yale vs 7 Michigan

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
11 Harvard vs. 6 Denver

West Regional (St. Paul):
15 Minnesota vs. 1 North Dakota
9 Boston University vs. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell

Our first concern is avoiding intraconference matchups. We have Boston University vs. Massachusetts-Lowell and Notre Dame vs. Boston College.

In that 2 vs. 3 bracket, we have two Hockey East teams in both the 2 and 3 seeds. Thus, we have to match it so that they don’t play each other.

One thing we can do is have the two Hockey East 2 seeds in the East and the 2 non-Hockey East teams in the 3 seeding band play them.

Therefore, our matchups will be based upon highest seed vs. lowest seed for one and then the other one falls in.

Boston College will play Harvard and Massachusetts-Lowell will play Yale.

We leave BC where it is, and move Massachusetts-Lowell to Worcester.

Why is this? We have bracket integrity at the possible 4 vs. 5 in the next round.

Then we move Notre Dame vs. Michigan in Cincinnati based upon attendance.

That leaves Boston University vs Denver in St. Paul.

East Regional (Albany):
13 Minnesota-Duluth vs. 4 Providence
11 Harvard vs. 5 Boston College

Northeast Regional (Worcester):
16 Robert Morris vs. 2 Quinnipiac
10 Yale vs 8 Massachusetts-Lowell

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
12 Notre Dame vs. 7 Michigan

West Regional (St. Paul):
15 Minnesota vs. 1 North Dakota
9 Boston University vs. 6 Denver

And there you go.

A whole slew of games this weekend to determine positioning and a few possible at-large bids.

Here’s a summary of everything that we have covered.

This week’s brackets

East Regional (Albany):
13 Minnesota-Duluth vs. 4 Providence
11 Harvard vs. 5 Boston College

Northeast Regional (Worcester):
16 Robert Morris vs. 2 Quinnipiac
10 Yale vs 8 Massachusetts-Lowell

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
12 Notre Dame vs. 7 Michigan

West Regional (St. Paul):
15 Minnesota vs. 1 North Dakota
9 Boston University vs. 6 Denver

Conference breakdowns

Hockey East — 5
NCHC — 4
ECAC Hockey — 3
Big Ten — 2
WCHA — 1
Atlantic Hockey — 1

On the move

In: None

Out: None

Attendance woes?

Cincinnati is looking a little better this week.

Last week’s brackets

East Regional (Albany):
13 Minnesota-Duluth vs. 4 Providence
11 Harvard vs. 5 Boston College

Northeast Regional (Worcester):
16 Robert Morris vs. 2 Quinnipiac
9 Boston University vs 7 Yale

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
10 Notre Dame vs. 8 Michigan

West Regional (St. Paul):
15 Minnesota vs. 1 North Dakota
12 Massachusetts-Lowell vs. 6 Denver

126 COMMENTS

  1. Despite Maine’s disappointing season, I’m still a bit surprised that Gustav Nyquist has not been (at least) mentioned as a Hobey Top 10 candidate. Stats are just stats, and his numbers are a little bit below last year’s, but he is tied for 7th nationally in total points and after a “slow” start he had 23 points in his last 12 games (12 g, 11 a). Maine’s early departure from the HEast Tourney certainly didn’t help his candidacy.

  2. Despite Maine’s disappointing season, I’m still a bit surprised that Gustav Nyquist has not been (at least) mentioned as a Hobey Top 10 candidate. Stats are just stats, and his numbers are a little bit below last year’s, but he is tied for 7th nationally in total points and after a “slow” start he had 23 points in his last 12 games (12 g, 11 a). Maine’s early departure from the HEast Tourney certainly didn’t help his candidacy.

  3. The Duluth answer is easy. Mike Connolly hands down! He’s a part of every major aspect of the game. He can put the puck away too!

  4. The Duluth answer is easy. Mike Connolly hands down! He’s a part of every major aspect of the game. He can put the puck away too!

    • What makes you say that? He is leading the nation in goals scored, he has made a huge impact on his team, and even though he made some bad decisions in the past, I think his return and new attitude are a testament to his work ethic, his demeanor, and the respect he has for the game. Not saying he is a lock to win it, as there are plenty of very talented players being considered, but to say he is definitely not a Hobey is a very bold statement.

      • Well said. To fall the way that he did last year and make it back? To turn down a contract only to turn around and pay his own way through school? Thats character. He stayed loyal to the program, to his teammates, and as far as I’m concerned, is more worthy of contention for the Hobey than many past winners.

        Good luck to him in the future, Hobey or no Hobey.

    • What makes you say that? He is leading the nation in goals scored, he has made a huge impact on his team, and even though he made some bad decisions in the past, I think his return and new attitude are a testament to his work ethic, his demeanor, and the respect he has for the game. Not saying he is a lock to win it, as there are plenty of very talented players being considered, but to say he is definitely not a Hobey is a very bold statement.

      • Well said. To fall the way that he did last year and make it back? To turn down a contract only to turn around and pay his own way through school? Thats character. He stayed loyal to the program, to his teammates, and as far as I’m concerned, is more worthy of contention for the Hobey than many past winners.

        Good luck to him in the future, Hobey or no Hobey.

  5. When Frattin came back last year, he came back without scholarship and having to pay out of state tuition. All this when he could have “bolted” for the “Leafs”. Let talk character.

  6. When Frattin came back last year, he came back without scholarship and having to pay out of state tuition. All this when he could have “bolted” for the “Leafs”. Let talk character.

  7. Just a guess on my part, but since future Frozen Four sites will be announced in such a manner that host cities may have less time to prpeare than has been the case in the past, perhaps that means that cities which have hosted a Frozen Four in the past will be given preference.

    • I sure hope they bring it back to the X in St. Paul in 2015 or 2016. Awesome venue! I wouldn’t be against it being in Milwaukee or even Denver soon..

  8. Just a guess on my part, but since future Frozen Four sites will be announced in such a manner that host cities may have less time to prpeare than has been the case in the past, perhaps that means that cities which have hosted a Frozen Four in the past will be given preference.

    • I sure hope they bring it back to the X in St. Paul in 2015 or 2016. Awesome venue! I wouldn’t be against it being in Milwaukee or even Denver soon..

  9. Considering that there will be less time to prepare and the last three host cities will have been in the “east” it seems like the 2015 FF will be a repeat host in the “west” which means St Paul or Milwaukee are the leading candidates.

    • For a short notice Frozen Four, St Paul and Milwaukee are great candidates. Detroit would be good, but they just hosted at Ford Field. Boston is a good short-term candidate for the east, but going west after DC, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia makes a lot of sense to this Hockey East fan.

      I still would love to see UVM be the host of a Montreal Frozen Four at the Centre Bell. Maybe St Lawrence and Clarkson could host there, too.

  10. Considering that there will be less time to prepare and the last three host cities will have been in the “east” it seems like the 2015 FF will be a repeat host in the “west” which means St Paul or Milwaukee are the leading candidates.

    • For a short notice Frozen Four, St Paul and Milwaukee are great candidates. Detroit would be good, but they just hosted at Ford Field. Boston is a good short-term candidate for the east, but going west after DC, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia makes a lot of sense to this Hockey East fan.

      I still would love to see UVM be the host of a Montreal Frozen Four at the Centre Bell. Maybe St Lawrence and Clarkson could host there, too.

      • Why punish the overall #1 seed? “Bracket integrity” is brought up in the 4 v 5 scenario but doesn’t matter for the 1 v 8?

        What a bunch of BS!!

        • I know it’s the same thing every week and generally attendance and the almighty $$ trumps bracket integrity but the hypocrisy and cherry picking when to use “bracket integrity” as a reason to move teams is getting really old.

          • I’m not sure what “bracket integrity” means anymore. The last half of the regular season is basically 2 months of conference play. Next, we have a change of pace in the conference tournaments. Now, we have the NCAA Tournament and we try to closely regroup them to conference play again. Did I miss something?

      • Why punish the overall #1 seed? “Bracket integrity” is brought up in the 4 v 5 scenario but doesn’t matter for the 1 v 8?

        What a bunch of BS!!

        • I know it’s the same thing every week and generally attendance and the almighty $$ trumps bracket integrity but the hypocrisy and cherry picking when to use “bracket integrity” as a reason to move teams is getting really old.

          • I’m not sure what “bracket integrity” means anymore. The last half of the regular season is basically 2 months of conference play. Next, we have a change of pace in the conference tournaments. Now, we have the NCAA Tournament and we try to closely regroup them to conference play again. Did I miss something?

  11. Yea, that’s fair. Put the top two NCHC teams, ranked #1 and #6, in the same bracket. What a joke. I recognize SCSU has a higher ranking than DU, but right now, DU and UND are arguably the two best teams in the NCHC.

      • Call it what you want. The CH playoff is turning into a joke. The NT needs a major overhaul. Listen, tournaments should always be set up based on rank. Anything else is a compromise of tournament integrity. If UND ends up being #1 in the PWR, the other West regional teams….as it stands now anyway….would be RMU, Notre Dame, and UM Lowell.

          • If they have 5 or more teams in, the committee has the option to have them play in the first game.

        • Dude, they are switching teams to avoid intraconference matchups. This is nothing new. You are also crying about hypothetical matchups. At least wait until the actual bracket comes out to act like a little baby.

    • St Cloud has been ranked higher than DU all season and they swept them in Denver. There is no stat to indicate that Denver is a better team than St Cloud.

      • DU will beat SCSU, they are playing better hockey. Not sure if you watch games other than SCSU? If you do, you would know DU is playing better hockey at the moment.

          • From Jan 1, DU is 16-1-3, second in the nation only to North-Eastern 17-1-2. I’m not a huge Hockey East fan but I would much rather see NE playing then my crappy Gophers.

    • UND playing Goldy is unlikely to even happen because Goof U isn’t going to get the autobid. Plus even in the rare case that it happens, that would basically be a first round bye for the Fighting Hawks. What is more likely to happen is Mankato win the WCHA and getting the 15 or 16 spot in St Paul.

  12. Yea, that’s fair. Put the top two NCHC teams, ranked #1 and #6, in the same bracket. What a joke. I recognize SCSU has a higher ranking than DU, but right now, DU and UND are arguably the two best teams in the NCHC.

      • Call it what you want. The CH playoff is turning into a joke. The NT needs a major overhaul. Listen, tournaments should always be set up based on rank. Anything else is a compromise of tournament integrity. If UND ends up being #1 in the PWR, the other West regional teams….as it stands now anyway….would be RMU, Notre Dame, and UM Lowell.

          • If they have 5 or more teams in, the committee has the option to have them play in the first game.

        • Dude, they are switching teams to avoid intraconference matchups. This is nothing new. You are also crying about hypothetical matchups. At least wait until the actual bracket comes out to act like a little baby.

    • St Cloud has been ranked higher than DU all season and they swept them in Denver. There is no stat to indicate that Denver is a better team than St Cloud.

      • DU will beat SCSU, they are playing better hockey. Not sure if you watch games other than SCSU? If you do, you would know DU is playing better hockey at the moment.

          • From Jan 1, DU is 16-1-3, second in the nation only to North-Eastern 17-1-2. I’m not a huge Hockey East fan but I would much rather see NE playing then my crappy Gophers.

    • UND playing Goldy is unlikely to even happen because Goof U isn’t going to get the autobid. Plus even in the rare case that it happens, that would basically be a first round bye for the Fighting Hawks. What is more likely to happen is Mankato win the WCHA and getting the 15 or 16 spot in St Paul.

  13. Everyone bitches about who they play. If you think your team is the best, it can / should win anyway. I think the PW rankings are a little goofy, but it is a pretty good system overall. If we had just 2 sites with 8 teams a piece , we might get better attendance and an easier way to match teams up. Only 1 or 2 sites will have decent attendance and no not great attendance. Rotate the east site with Boston, Worcester, Hartford, Manchester and maybe Providence. The west can rotate Minneapolis with Chicago, Detroit and Denver. Just a thought. We are all hoping our team makes it to Tampa. May the best teams move on….

  14. Everyone bitches about who they play. If you think your team is the best, it can / should win anyway. I think the PW rankings are a little goofy, but it is a pretty good system overall. If we had just 2 sites with 8 teams a piece , we might get better attendance and an easier way to match teams up. Only 1 or 2 sites will have decent attendance and no not great attendance. Rotate the east site with Boston, Worcester, Hartford, Manchester and maybe Providence. The west can rotate Minneapolis with Chicago, Detroit and Denver. Just a thought. We are all hoping our team makes it to Tampa. May the best teams move on….

  15. I’m not crazy about the over-management of the national tourney either, it lends itself to the notion that the NCAA’s top priority is the not the sport, the player or the fan, it’s the NCAA. —- Cut the field to 8, play best of 3 through the the tourney. #1 plays #8, #2 vs. #7, etc. Let the higher seed host at home or wherever they can find the ice. One & done serves poorly … well it serves the NCAA (and dark horses) quite nicely.

  16. I’m not crazy about the over-management of the national tourney either, it lends itself to the notion that the NCAA’s top priority is the not the sport, the player or the fan, it’s the NCAA. —- Cut the field to 8, play best of 3 through the the tourney. #1 plays #8, #2 vs. #7, etc. Let the higher seed host at home or wherever they can find the ice. One & done serves poorly … well it serves the NCAA (and dark horses) quite nicely.

  17. The fact that BU and Lowell are tied for 8th when Lowell has the same league record and beat BU 3 out of 4 games (the loss AT BU in OVERTIME…on an effen powerplay goal) shows that the Pairwise system is flawed. Use the Pairwise to help with the tournament, but have some common sense thrown in!

    • I don’t why USCHO insists on denoting PWR ties when by definition the RPI is the tiebreaker. Lowell is 8 and BU is 9.

      Anyway, there you do realize that those teams have played 32 or 34 games against other teams that aren’t Lowell or BU, and that those games are factored in when calculating the PWR, right?

  18. The fact that BU and Lowell are tied for 8th when Lowell has the same league record and beat BU 3 out of 4 games (the loss AT BU in OVERTIME…on an effen powerplay goal) shows that the Pairwise system is flawed. Use the Pairwise to help with the tournament, but have some common sense thrown in!

    • Agreed. It looks easy to just switch DU & BC (5/6) along with Big Blue & UML (7/8). Cincy will still suck with attendance no matter who is there.

    • Agreed. It looks easy to just switch DU & BC (5/6) along with Big Blue & UML (7/8). Cincy will still suck with attendance no matter who is there.

    • I really hope that’s true. I’m not a B1G hater, I just don’t like the fact that a bad team somehow won it’s conference’s regular season. Hopefully Mich can make things right.

      • Agreed. First UMN is gonna have their hands full getting past OSU. Even if the Goph’s do win & play Mich on Sat night, I’m still going to my B1G Anonymous meetings.

    • I really hope that’s true. I’m not a B1G hater, I just don’t like the fact that a bad team somehow won it’s conference’s regular season. Hopefully Mich can make things right.

      • Agreed. First UMN is gonna have their hands full getting past OSU. Even if the Goph’s do win & play Mich on Sat night, I’m still going to my B1G Anonymous meetings.

  19. I think the best option to make the tourney a little more interesting is to have the autobids that are below the pairwise cutoff play the teams that were on the bubble that got bumped. So like Robert Morris play Cornell for example. I think that would make it more interesting, just a thought.

    • Then you technically and officially have more than 16 teams in the tournament. NCAA wouldn’t do it because the percentages for the # of playoff teams a sport has doesn’t fit their formula, which is basically plus/minus 25%. D1 hockey needs a few more programs.
      Personally, the #8 team (Cornell) in a conference really doesn’t really deserve to be there.

  20. I think the best option to make the tourney a little more interesting is to have the autobids that are below the pairwise cutoff play the teams that were on the bubble that got bumped. So like Robert Morris play Cornell for example. I think that would make it more interesting, just a thought.

    • Then you technically and officially have more than 16 teams in the tournament. NCAA wouldn’t do it because the percentages for the # of playoff teams a sport has doesn’t fit their formula, which is basically plus/minus 25%. D1 hockey needs a few more programs.
      Personally, the #8 team (Cornell) in a conference really doesn’t really deserve to be there.

  21. Alot of good and bad comments about why my team this and that’s… Following my team (MN Gophers) for over 30 years, I for one can not believe USCHO or the NCAA Selection Committee is serious about having the Gophers in this years Frozen Four. There are a handful of teams out there that have earned the honor to play with better W/L % since Jan 1, know how to play more than 10 minutes in a hockey game, and 70% of the opponents they have beaten are not ranked from #30 to 60 in the country.

    • The NCAA is serious about having the B1G tournament champion in the NCAA tournament, which gives them a chance to advance to the Frozen Four. If the Gophers win the tournament, they deserve a spot, if they don’t it appears that the NCAA is indeed not serious about inviting them in as an at-large based on their regular season performance. I thought we figured this out 5 days ago on Sunday night.

  22. Alot of good and bad comments about why my team this and that’s… Following my team (MN Gophers) for over 30 years, I for one can not believe USCHO or the NCAA Selection Committee is serious about having the Gophers in this years Frozen Four. There are a handful of teams out there that have earned the honor to play with better W/L % since Jan 1, know how to play more than 10 minutes in a hockey game, and 70% of the opponents they have beaten are not ranked from #30 to 60 in the country.

    • The NCAA is serious about having the B1G tournament champion in the NCAA tournament, which gives them a chance to advance to the Frozen Four. If the Gophers win the tournament, they deserve a spot, if they don’t it appears that the NCAA is indeed not serious about inviting them in as an at-large based on their regular season performance. I thought we figured this out 5 days ago on Sunday night.

  23. A silly question for Jason Moy:
    “This week’s brackets
    Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
    14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
    12 Notre Dame vs. 7 Michigan

    Last week’s brackets
    Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
    14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
    10 Notre Dame vs. 8 Michigan

    Attendance woes?
    Cincinnati is looking a little better this week.”

    Jason, please explain how the same four teams somehow change the attendance picture for the better.

    • Believe that was a copy/paste from last week and forgot to remove it. Last week there was some changes to the Cinci bracket to make attendance better.

      • That would explain it. Seeing as how, by necessity, this column is about 85% cut-n-paste, something like that would be easy to miss. Thanks.

  24. A silly question for Jason Moy:
    “This week’s brackets
    Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
    14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
    12 Notre Dame vs. 7 Michigan

    Last week’s brackets
    Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
    14 Michigan Tech vs. 3 St. Cloud State
    10 Notre Dame vs. 8 Michigan

    Attendance woes?
    Cincinnati is looking a little better this week.”

    Jason, please explain how the same four teams somehow change the attendance picture for the better.

    • Believe that was a copy/paste from last week and forgot to remove it. Last week there was some changes to the Cinci bracket to make attendance better.

      • That would explain it. Seeing as how, by necessity, this column is about 85% cut-n-paste, something like that would be easy to miss. Thanks.

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