Final predictions for the NCAA field of 16, and where each team will start

It’s time for the final Bracketology of the season. Here I will predict how I think the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee will think and what the bracket will look like when it is announced.

First here is my predicted bracket and then I’ll explain how I got there afterwards:

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
15 Ohio State vs. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
9 Penn State vs. 6 Western Michigan

West Regional (Fargo):
16 Michigan Tech vs. 1 Denver
10 North Dakota vs. 7 Boston University

East Regional (Providence):
14 Providence vs. 3 Harvard
12 Air Force vs. 8 Union

Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Notre Dame vs. 4 Minnesota
11 Cornell vs. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell

Here is the top 16 of the final PairWise Rankings (PWR), and the other autobids that are not in the Top 16:

1 Denver
2 Minnesota-Duluth
3 Harvard
4 Minnesota
5 Massachusetts-Lowell
6 Western Michigan
7 Boston University
8 Union
9 Penn State
10 North Dakota
11 Cornell
12 Air Force
13 Notre Dame
14t Providence
14t Ohio State
14t Boston College
26 Michigan Tech

Autobids:

Atlantic Hockey: Air Force
Big Ten: Penn State
ECAC Hockey: Harvard
Hockey East: Massachusetts-Lowell
NCHC: Minnesota-Duluth
WCHA: Michigan Tech

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 highest seeds left that are not currently in the top 16. The only team that is not is Michigan Tech.

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

The ties and bubbles consist of Providence, Ohio State and Boston College at 14.

We break all of our ties based upon the RPI.

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

1 Denver
2 Minnesota-Duluth
3 Harvard
4 Minnesota
5 Massachusetts-Lowell
6 Western Michigan
7 Boston University
8 Union
9 Penn State
10 North Dakota
11 Cornell
12 Air Force
13 Notre Dame
14 Providence
15 Ohio State
16 Michigan Tech

Step two

Now it’s time to assign the seeds.

No. 1 seeds: Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Harvard, Minnesota

No. 2 seeds: Massachusetts-Lowell, Western Michigan, Boston University, Union

No. 3 seeds: Penn State, North Dakota, Cornell, Air Force

No. 4 seeds: Notre Dame, Providence, Ohio State, Michigan Tech

Step three

Place the No. 1 seeds in regionals.

No. 1 Denver is placed in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth is placed in the West Regional in Fargo.
No. 3 Harvard is placed in the East Regional in Providence.
No. 4 Minnesota is placed in the Northeast Regional in Manchester.

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. 8 Union is placed in No. 1 Denver’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 7 Boston University is placed in No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth’s regional, the West Regional.
No. 6 Western Michigan is placed in No. 3 Harvard’s regional, the East Regional.
No. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell is placed in No. 4 Minnesota’s regional, the Northeast 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.

As a host school, we place North Dakota first.

No. 10 North Dakota is placed in No. 7 Boston University’s regional, the West Regional

No. 9 Penn State is placed in No. 8 Union’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 11 Cornell is placed in No. 6 Western Michigan’s regional, the East Regional.
No. 12 Air Force is placed in No. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell’s regional, the Northeast Regional.

No. 4 seeds

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

No. 16 Michigan Tech is sent to No. 1 Denver’s regional, the Midwest Regional.
No. 15 Ohio State is sent to No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth’s regional, the West Regional.
No. 14 Providence is sent to No. 3 Harvard’s regional, the East Regional.
No. 13 Notre Dame is sent to No. 4 Minnesota’s regional, the Northeast Regional.

The brackets as we have set them up:

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
16 Michigan Tech vs. 1 Denver
9 Penn State vs. 8 Union

West Regional (Fargo):
15 Ohio State vs. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
10 North Dakota vs. 7 Boston University

East Regional (Providence):
14 Providence vs. 3 Harvard
11 Cornell vs. 6 Western Michigan

Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Notre Dame vs. 4 Minnesota
12 Air Force vs. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell

Our first concern is avoiding intraconference matchups. We have none.

Now, we turn our attention to attendance.

We turn towards bringing eastern teams back towards the east and western teams towards the west.

Looking at the second and third bands, we want to bring Union east, Western Michigan to the west. How can we do this?

We swap the two teams.

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
16 Michigan Tech vs. 1 Denver
9 Penn State vs. 6 Western Michigan

West Regional (Fargo):
15 Ohio State vs. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
10 North Dakota vs. 7 Boston University

East Regional (Providence):
14 Providence vs. 3 Harvard
11 Cornell vs. 8 Union

Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Notre Dame vs. 4 Minnesota
12 Air Force vs. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell

But what we’ve done is create and All-ECAC matchup in Providence. So we should move Cornell to Manchester.

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
16 Michigan Tech vs. 1 Denver
9 Penn State vs. 6 Western Michigan

West Regional (Fargo):
15 Ohio State vs. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
10 North Dakota vs. 7 Boston University

East Regional (Providence):
14 Providence vs. 3 Harvard
12 Air Force vs. 8 Union

Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Notre Dame vs. 4 Minnesota
11 Cornell vs. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell

So that’s it, the bracket.

Or is it?

I am looking at the big old Ohio State playing in Ohio. That is too good to pass up from an attendance standpoint, especially when Fargo is sold out and Cincinnati might get more seats with Ohio State there.

I make a swap.

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
15 Ohio State vs. 2 Minnesota-Duluth
9 Penn State vs. 6 Western Michigan

West Regional (Fargo):
16 Michigan Tech vs. 1 Denver
10 North Dakota vs. 7 Boston University

East Regional (Providence):
14 Providence vs. 3 Harvard
12 Air Force vs. 8 Union

Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Notre Dame vs. 4 Minnesota
11 Cornell vs. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell

Take a look at BU and Union swapping. Is there a benefit there? Not in my eyes.

So that’s my bracket.

The conference breakdown:

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

We’ll see how the committee does it tomorrow.

290 COMMENTS

  1. .
    While the MTU/BGSU series is super important for each team, I find the North Star College Cup to be just as important – for the league.

    And I guess the Wisco and Duluth games as well…

    Otherwise we will be a one-team show come tournament time… gotta rack up those PWR points!!

    GO TECH GOLD!
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  2. .
    While the MTU/BGSU series is super important for each team, I find the North Star College Cup to be just as important – for the league.

    And I guess the Wisco and Duluth games as well…

    Otherwise we will be a one-team show come tournament time… gotta rack up those PWR points!!

    GO TECH GOLD!
    .

  3. The north star college cup is great. It has helped to fill the void left from the old WCHA Final Five, minus 8000 redneck Sioux fans.

  4. The north star college cup is great. It has helped to fill the void left from the old WCHA Final Five, minus 8000 redneck Sioux fans.

      • .
        Boy… I could do away with all 16,000 of them. Really.

        Go further to say that we need more of these-type tourneys. While the PWR is not perfect, its biggest fault is not enough inter-conference games.

        Every year, each conference should be required to play (a team of) every other conference out there.

        GO TECH GOLD!
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    • Yeah that was pretty unrealistic, but it was an exciting game. Mavs just took to many penalties and payed for it. Otherwise I though the Mavs out worked and out played Saint Cloud most of the game.

    • Yeah that was pretty unrealistic, but it was an exciting game. Mavs just took to many penalties and payed for it. Otherwise I though the Mavs out worked and out played Saint Cloud most of the game.

  5. Makes more sense to just have Denver play OSU in Cincy. Don’t see why you need to move the whole game instead of just swapping 15 and 16

    • Michigan Tech is an autobid so they aren’t just a 16 seed. Since there is a huge pairwise gap between MTU and OSU, Denver will play Tech.

          • That’s a different conversation. After watching NoDak twice this weekend in person, I’ll state my opinion: they will be the hardest team to get past for any team wanting to get to Chicago

          • I’ve seen every game this year…..and our defense can have an epic collapse in a matter of seconds….hence 58 seconds in the 2nd period tonight.

          • I’m sure cam wasn’t back in it yet 12 minutes isn’t a long time to recover from getting head butted.

          • UND won’t lose in their home state…This scenario is 2002, 2010 and 2015 all over again for Denver, where the higher seeded Pios fell to lower-seeded teams playing closer to (or at) home (Michigan at Yost, RIT at Albany and Providence in Providence. I’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well for Denver…

        • No, your statement isn’t true. 1-16 has been the case almost every year, and in the rare case where it hasn’t been 1-16, it was a 1-15, where both 16 and 15 were autobids. There has never been a case where the 1 didn’t play an autobid.

          • That’s true, but irrelevant. You have to go all the way back to the CHA days to find a case of 1 not playing 16, but again, that’s because you had 2 autobids then. In years with just 1 autobid, like this year, the #1 has always played that autobid school.

  6. Makes more sense to just have Denver play OSU in Cincy. Don’t see why you need to move the whole game instead of just swapping 15 and 16

    • Michigan Tech is an autobid so they aren’t just a 16 seed. Since there is a huge pairwise gap between MTU and OSU, Denver will play Tech.

          • That’s a different conversation. After watching NoDak twice this weekend in person, I’ll state my opinion: they will be the hardest team to get past for any team wanting to get to Chicago

          • I’ve seen every game this year…..and our defense can have an epic collapse in a matter of seconds….hence 58 seconds in the 2nd period tonight.

          • I’m sure cam wasn’t back in it yet 12 minutes isn’t a long time to recover from getting head butted.

          • UND won’t lose in their home state…This scenario is 2002, 2010 and 2015 all over again for Denver, where the higher seeded Pios fell to lower-seeded teams playing closer to (or at) home (Michigan at Yost, RIT at Albany and Providence in Providence. I’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well for Denver…

          • Gonna have to beat North Dakota at some point. It would be a virtual home game in Chicago for them too, so mine as well beat them in Fargo after playing a game the day before. DU typically plays better on the second night.

        • No, your statement isn’t true. 1-16 has been the case almost every year, and in the rare case where it hasn’t been 1-16, it was a 1-15, where both 16 and 15 were autobids. There has never been a case where the 1 didn’t play an autobid.

          • That’s true, but irrelevant. You have to go all the way back to the CHA days to find a case of 1 not playing 16, but again, that’s because you had 2 autobids then. In years with just 1 autobid, like this year, the #1 has always played that autobid school.

          • I was at that game. The best part of that game, other than HC actually getting the win, was hearing the UND-packed arena go nuts when HC scored the winning goal. Talk about the mother of all schadenfreude moments!

  7. I hope they stick with OSU and UMD in Fargo. I doubt having OSU in Cincy would have a meaningful impact on attendance there.

  8. Just Bizarre. Once again, Moy just randomly decides that Cincinnati is “closer” than Fargo for Denver without any explaining of his logic in “step 3”. In the end, Denver gets back to Fargo anyway, but it changes everything else in his bracket – particularly, BU playing in Fargo instead of Union. If Cincinnati was always the default for Denver, then why hasn’t he said that in previous weeks?

  9. I hope they stick with OSU and UMD in Fargo. I doubt having OSU in Cincy would have a meaningful impact on attendance there.

  10. Just Bizarre. Once again, Moy just randomly decides that Cincinnati is “closer” than Fargo for Denver without any explaining of his logic in “step 3”. In the end, Denver gets back to Fargo anyway, but it changes everything else in his bracket – particularly, BU playing in Fargo instead of Union. If Cincinnati was always the default for Denver, then why hasn’t he said that in previous weeks?

  11. Have Denver play Michigan Tech in Cincinnati and send UMD to Fargo. Sending the top seed to Fargo sucks for Denver as a top seed. I don’t see anyone beating UND in the State of North Dakota, even Denver.

  12. Have Denver play Michigan Tech in Cincinnati and send UMD to Fargo. Sending the top seed to Fargo sucks for Denver as a top seed. I don’t see anyone beating UND in the State of North Dakota, even Denver.

  13. I agree with Candace. If I were Denver, I’d much rather have a game against OSU in Cincy in the first round and AVOID North Dakota in Fargo at all costs.

  14. I agree with Candace. If I were Denver, I’d much rather have a game against OSU in Cincy in the first round and AVOID North Dakota in Fargo at all costs.

  15. Jayson said he couldn’t see any benefit from switching BU & Union, but I do. Why should #7 BU get a worse seed than #8 Union. Send U out west & keep BU east.

    • The swap would also aid bracket integrity, with the higher-seeded #7 BU getting to play the #12 seed (Air Force) rather than #10 (North Dakota). Why should Union, who, at #8, would generally be facing the #9, not only get to avoid getting shipped West, but also get to drop to an opponent three seeds lower, while watching BU have to play NoDak reasonably close to its home? There seems to be a ton of benefit to making the swap…as he said, Fargo is already sold out, so even if the BU fans would travel better there, it wouldn’t make a difference.

  16. Jayson said he couldn’t see any benefit from switching BU & Union, but I do. Why should #7 BU get a worse seed than #8 Union. Send U out west & keep BU east.

    • The swap would also aid bracket integrity, with the higher-seeded #7 BU getting to play the #12 seed (Air Force) rather than #10 (North Dakota). Why should Union, who, at #8, would generally be facing the #9, not only get to avoid getting shipped West, but also get to drop to an opponent three seeds lower, while watching BU have to play NoDak reasonably close to its home? There seems to be a ton of benefit to making the swap…as he said, Fargo is already sold out, so even if the BU fans would travel better there, it wouldn’t make a difference.

  17. Having to potentially play North Dakota as a road team to get to the frozen four seems like a punishment for the number oe seed.

  18. Having to potentially play North Dakota as a road team to get to the frozen four seems like a punishment for the number oe seed.

  19. I would like to see any league with 4 teams have them in 4 different regionals with the possibility of an all league frozen four if that league was that good. I would swap Ohio Sayers and Norte Dame for that reason.

  20. I would like to see any league with 4 teams have them in 4 different regionals with the possibility of an all league frozen four if that league was that good. I would swap Ohio Sayers and Norte Dame for that reason.

  21. In looking at the Manchester quartet of teams, I’d have to say that they might win the attendance battle. IF Lowell gets enough people to make the 25 mile drive north.

  22. In looking at the Manchester quartet of teams, I’d have to say that they might win the attendance battle. IF Lowell gets enough people to make the 25 mile drive north.

    • AND, as a team squeaking in by the narrowest of margins, getting what amounts to a home game. I wonder if they will bring that big tarp that covers empty seats at home games with them to Cincy?

    • AND, as a team squeaking in by the narrowest of margins, getting what amounts to a home game. I wonder if they will bring that big tarp that covers empty seats at home games with them to Cincy?

  23. My money is on Jayson being correct (per usual) No matter what happens a couple of teams will be unhappy. In a perfect world we just ignore attendance and do 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15 etc

  24. My money is on Jayson being correct (per usual) No matter what happens a couple of teams will be unhappy. In a perfect world we just ignore attendance and do 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15 etc

  25. Jayson, I would love to hear your rationale for placing Denver in Cincy as step 1A in constructing your bracket. I know that you get them to Fargo later. Why didn’t they start at Fargo since it’s closer geographically than Cincy?

    • I’d love to know that too – especially since Moy has been starting with Denver in Fargo for the past several weeks, even with UND making the field.

  26. Jayson, I would love to hear your rationale for placing Denver in Cincy as step 1A in constructing your bracket. I know that you get them to Fargo later. Why didn’t they start at Fargo since it’s closer geographically than Cincy?

    • I’d love to know that too – especially since Moy has been starting with Denver in Fargo for the past several weeks, even with UND making the field.

  27. I’d wager you’d have as many fans from Michigan (WMU and Tech) driving down 75 to Cincinnati than you would have local OSU fans show up.

    • Correct. WMU will travel big in Cincinnati as will Mich Tech. OSU I hope brings fans but season was up & down for them.

  28. I’d wager you’d have as many fans from Michigan (WMU and Tech) driving down 75 to Cincinnati than you would have local OSU fans show up.

    • Correct. WMU will travel big in Cincinnati as will Mich Tech. OSU I hope brings fans but season was up & down for them.

  29. Happy to see Minnesota out east. Denver in Cincy makes more sense since they are flying, regardless. UMD in Fargo makes sense. I wouldn’t bet against Jayson but this might his first incorrect prediction in quite some time (ever?).

    • Jayson was close but the NCAA bracket makes more sense. Why putting 6 vs 9 made sense to Jayson threw me for a loop. Union is 8 and should play 9. 6 shoudl play 12 instead of 9. The NCAA did a good job.

  30. Happy to see Minnesota out east. Denver in Cincy makes more sense since they are flying, regardless. UMD in Fargo makes sense. I wouldn’t bet against Jayson but this might his first incorrect prediction in quite some time (ever?).

    • Jayson was close but the NCAA bracket makes more sense. Why putting 6 vs 9 made sense to Jayson threw me for a loop. Union is 8 and should play 9. 6 shoudl play 12 instead of 9. The NCAA did a good job.

  31. You might be correct on the brackets, but having the #1 overall seed setup to play ND in Fargo in the 2nd round is a travesty. DU has seen this before.

  32. You might be correct on the brackets, but having the #1 overall seed setup to play ND in Fargo in the 2nd round is a travesty. DU has seen this before.

  33. The pairwise is a very precise calculation and objective way to select teams for the tournament. We should do the same for placement and stop at step 4. Beyond that is it subjective and biased.

    • The Pairwise is just a computer spitting rankings depending on what some human(s) thought made sense. There is no “thought process” and there should be. A committee should take the info and select the teams and place the teams using some common(?) sense

  34. The pairwise is a very precise calculation and objective way to select teams for the tournament. We should do the same for placement and stop at step 4. Beyond that is it subjective and biased.

    • The Pairwise is just a computer spitting rankings depending on what some human(s) thought made sense. There is no “thought process” and there should be. A committee should take the info and select the teams and place the teams using some common(?) sense

  35. I think ppl are forgetting one big factor regarding UND. They lost Tucker Poolman to injury, one that I think will end his season (given the type and apparent severity). Tucker is UND’s most important player….and it’s not even close.

    Congrats to UMD. That is one rugged team, UMD reminds me of the DU teams from the 70’s and 80’s. DU is more talented than UMD, but UND has a hard time matching UMD’s physical play….this year anyway. So, if you have to pick your poison, I would rather play DU. I think this is jumping the gun though, BU is uber talented and if UND goes into this game sans Poolman, I would not put my money on UND getting past BU.

  36. I think ppl are forgetting one big factor regarding UND. They lost Tucker Poolman to injury, one that I think will end his season (given the type and apparent severity). Tucker is UND’s most important player….and it’s not even close.

    Congrats to UMD. That is one rugged team, UMD reminds me of the DU teams from the 70’s and 80’s. DU is more talented than UMD, but UND has a hard time matching UMD’s physical play….this year anyway. So, if you have to pick your poison, I would rather play DU. I think this is jumping the gun though, BU is uber talented and if UND goes into this game sans Poolman, I would not put my money on UND getting past BU.

  37. Fully 1/3 of UND’s losses this year are to 1 team – UMD. 5 losses in a lackluster 15-loss season. Yet, they are playing really great right now.

  38. Fully 1/3 of UND’s losses this year are to 1 team – UMD. 5 losses in a lackluster 15-loss season. Yet, they are playing really great right now.

  39. If DU has to go to Fargo, the entire process is broken. Why even ‘earn’ a #1 seed if you have to play the home team and their fans. DU should be in Cincy, plain and simple. Denver has been hosed big time in the past – time to make it right and keep them out of Fargo.

  40. If DU has to go to Fargo, the entire process is broken. Why even ‘earn’ a #1 seed if you have to play the home team and their fans. DU should be in Cincy, plain and simple. Denver has been hosed big time in the past – time to make it right and keep them out of Fargo.

  41. Moving DU to ND is BS.

    Fargo is “closer” to DU? Well, sure, technically yes, but that’s a silly statement that has no practical truth to it. You’re talking about driving 16 hours vs 13 hours. Big whoop. Which means DU (& fans) get on a plane regardless. So basing that decision on geography (in this instance) is silly.

    And so…instead of protecting the overall number 1 seed by placing them in Cincy, you’re going to move them to what will amount to a home game for the #10 seed (UND) in a sold out arena that will (w/o a doubt) be a sea of green…for attendance? To entice OSU fans to drive 1.5 hrs when they can hardly be bothered to drive across town to fill their own arena?

    Infallible logic.

  42. Moving DU to ND is BS.

    Fargo is “closer” to DU? Well, sure, technically yes, but that’s a silly statement that has no practical truth to it. You’re talking about driving 16 hours vs 13 hours. Big whoop. Which means DU (& fans) get on a plane regardless. So basing that decision on geography (in this instance) is silly.

    And so…instead of protecting the overall number 1 seed by placing them in Cincy, you’re going to move them to what will amount to a home game for the #10 seed (UND) in a sold out arena that will (w/o a doubt) be a sea of green…for attendance? To entice OSU fans to drive 1.5 hrs when they can hardly be bothered to drive across town to fill their own arena?

    Infallible logic.

  43. Enough of this regional garbage. Top four seeds should host the regionals. They earned it, they should be rewarded for it.

    • How do you plan for that? Say to all of the properly sized local Arenas “Hey, just in case, don’t book out your venue during the NCAA hockey tournament, we might need it”? Havard’s arena on campus only seats 3,000, and UMD only 6700 and change.

      • I completely understand your argument, but in many cases sending the regionals to the top 4 seed’s home rinks would result in higher attendance numbers, even at the small venues…

      • 3,000 is better than what we’ve seen in attendance at some regionals. Logistical nightmare for some schools but better than empty arenas and home games for schools that haven’t earned it

    • Three problems: 1. Logistically impossible. Imagine trying to get 4 teams to someplace like Houghton or Fairbanks on less than a weeks notice.
      2. You’ve got a lot of arenas that seat under 2500 people, including schools like Union and Ferris who have been in position to host.
      3. The one Badger Fans should be most familiar with: arena booking issues. You think UW is going to leave the Kohl Center empty all March just because the Badgers might have to host a regional (on top of the 3 weekends they need to keep it open for the new B1G tournament)? Top seeds hosting sounds good, but it just won’t work.

  44. Enough of this regional garbage. Top four seeds should host the regionals. They earned it, they should be rewarded for it.

    • How do you plan for that? Say to all of the properly sized local Arenas “Hey, just in case, don’t book out your venue during the NCAA hockey tournament, we might need it”? Havard’s arena on campus only seats 3,000, and UMD only 6700 and change.

      • I completely understand your argument, but in many cases sending the regionals to the top 4 seed’s home rinks would result in higher attendance numbers, even at the small venues…

      • 3,000 is better than what we’ve seen in attendance at some regionals. Logistical nightmare for some schools but better than empty arenas and home games for schools that haven’t earned it

    • Three problems: 1. Logistically impossible. Imagine trying to get 4 teams to someplace like Houghton or Fairbanks on less than a weeks notice.
      2. You’ve got a lot of arenas that seat under 2500 people, including schools like Union and Ferris who have been in position to host.
      3. The one Badger Fans should be most familiar with: arena booking issues. You think UW is going to leave the Kohl Center empty all March just because the Badgers might have to host a regional (on top of the 3 weekends they need to keep it open for the new B1G tournament)? Top seeds hosting sounds good, but it just won’t work.

  45. I’ve long thought that a simple solution for some of these issues would be to institute a rule that if you end up as a 3 or 4 seed, you can’t be placed at a regional if you are hosting, or even if you aren’t hosting but it’s your hometown. It’s bogus that Providence gets home ice as a four seed for the second time in three years. Likewise, Denver shouldn’t have to go through a 3 seed North Dakota on NoDak’s home ice, so NoDak as a three seed shouldn’t get the benefit of playing at home.

    • Ha Ha. Since when is Fargo “home ice” for the Sioux? They haven’t played on that sheet of ice since the last regional in Fargo. All the folks who sold out Fargo in 21 seconds should have been those on the NCAA list from DU, BU and OSU, rather than Sioux fans. Oh wait, those schools don’t have big followings. Too bad, so sad. Heck, the Sioux almost didn’t even make this year’s field. Think long thoughts about that.

      • Should of had the regional at the 12,000 seat ralph, there is no worrys about attendance with packing the 5000 seats Scheels arena with und green. Would be a und home game no matter what would pack that place too.

  46. I’ve long thought that a simple solution for some of these issues would be to institute a rule that if you end up as a 3 or 4 seed, you can’t be placed at a regional if you are hosting, or even if you aren’t hosting but it’s your hometown. It’s bogus that Providence gets home ice as a four seed for the second time in three years. Likewise, Denver shouldn’t have to go through a 3 seed North Dakota on NoDak’s home ice, so NoDak as a three seed shouldn’t get the benefit of playing at home.

    • Ha Ha. Since when is Fargo “home ice” for the Sioux? They haven’t played on that sheet of ice since the last regional in Fargo. All the folks who sold out Fargo in 21 seconds should have been those on the NCAA list from DU, BU and OSU, rather than Sioux fans. Oh wait, those schools don’t have big followings. Too bad, so sad. Heck, the Sioux almost didn’t even make this year’s field. Think long thoughts about that.

      • Should of had the regional at the 12,000 seat ralph, there is no worrys about attendance with packing the 5000 seats Scheels arena with und green. Would be a und home game no matter what would pack that place too.

  47. Hey Everyone – I know just like in College Football, all everyone seems to look at and talk about are the “Power Conferences” and those teams, but how about giving some love to the Air Force Falcons, who could go into the tournament as the #12 seed, and they do it with a team filled with all American kids, no Canadians and no Europeans!!!

    GO FALCONS!!!!

  48. Hey Everyone – I know just like in College Football, all everyone seems to look at and talk about are the “Power Conferences” and those teams, but how about giving some love to the Air Force Falcons, who could go into the tournament as the #12 seed, and they do it with a team filled with all American kids, no Canadians and no Europeans!!!

    GO FALCONS!!!!

  49. I really hate this kind of selection process!!!! The top 8 teams should play near home if possible. Minnesota going to Manchester to possibly play two Hockey East teams, practically a home game for Lowell bringing 5000 fans is no reward. The computer selections should be a starting point then a committee should man-up and make tough decisions that they are willing to defend. The same with the bottom 4 teams that make the tournament………

    • So in your mind, Minnesota having to go and play Lowell in New Hampshire is worse than say “rewarding” them by sending them to Fargo to play UND and UMD? Or would you fly them to Cincinnati so they would have to play Denver before the Frozen Four?

      • Actually, having #3 or #4 seeds with home ice is ridiculous and not fair to the teams that did better over the course of the season. I wouldn’t mind having each team select where they want to play, starting with the #1 overall seed and prevent any team in the bottom 8 from playing at home. Once you get to a regional, the seed becomes meaningless.

        • That almost had something to do with the original comment. Congrats. You said it’s not fair that MN is being sent out east where they might face Lowell and their whopping 5,000 fans in the second round. The only alternative that would get them “near home” would result in them having to play either UMD or Denver. You think that’s a better “reward” for being the #4 overall? All that would do is reward Lowell and other eastern schools who wouldn’t have to then worry about playing higher ranked western teams.

  50. I really hate this kind of selection process!!!! The top 8 teams should play near home if possible. Minnesota going to Manchester to possibly play two Hockey East teams, practically a home game for Lowell bringing 5000 fans is no reward. The computer selections should be a starting point then a committee should man-up and make tough decisions that they are willing to defend. The same with the bottom 4 teams that make the tournament………

    • So in your mind, Minnesota having to go and play Lowell in New Hampshire is worse than say “rewarding” them by sending them to Fargo to play UND and UMD? Or would you fly them to Cincinnati so they would have to play Denver before the Frozen Four?

      • Actually, having #3 or #4 seeds with home ice is ridiculous and not fair to the teams that did better over the course of the season. I wouldn’t mind having each team select where they want to play, starting with the #1 overall seed and prevent any team in the bottom 8 from playing at home. Once you get to a regional, the seed becomes meaningless.

        • That almost had something to do with the original comment. Congrats. You said it’s not fair that MN is being sent out east where they might face Lowell and their whopping 5,000 fans in the second round. The only alternative that would get them “near home” would result in them having to play either UMD or Denver. You think that’s a better “reward” for being the #4 overall? All that would do is reward Lowell and other eastern schools who wouldn’t have to then worry about playing higher ranked western teams.

  51. Looks like Jayson is wrong. NCAA tweeted DU to Cincinnati, Minnesota to Manchester, UMD to Fargo and Harvard to Providence

  52. Looks like Jayson is wrong. NCAA tweeted DU to Cincinnati, Minnesota to Manchester, UMD to Fargo and Harvard to Providence

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