Here are the 16 teams projected to make the 2018 NCAA men’s hockey tournament

Air Force is in the NCAA tournament as Atlantic Hockey playoff champion (photo: Omar Phillips).

With the conference champions decided, here are the 16 teams projected to be in the 2018 NCAA tournament, grouped by seed:

1. St. Cloud State
2. Notre Dame
3. Cornell
4. Ohio State

5. Denver
6. Minnesota State
7. Providence
8. Michigan

9. Northeastern
10. Clarkson
11. Penn State
12. Minnesota Duluth

13. Boston University
14. Princeton
15. Michigan Tech
16. Air Force

Jayson Moy will have his final Bracketology posted soon.

All four No. 4 seeds are automatic qualifiers for the first time since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2003.

The NCAA tournament selection show is scheduled for noon Eastern time on Sunday on ESPNU.

98 COMMENTS

  1. Its too bad Bemidji didn’t get the Upset in the WCHA as opposed to Tech, how funny would it have been if the Four Minnesota Teams were in the Tourney and the U of M wasn’t one of them, hats of to SCSU and MNSU good to see the State Colleges establishing themselves over the the Maroon and Gold Evil empire!

  2. Its too bad Bemidji didn’t get the Upset in the WCHA as opposed to Tech, how funny would it have been if the Four Minnesota Teams were in the Tourney and the U of M wasn’t one of them, hats of to SCSU and MNSU good to see the State Colleges establishing themselves over the the Maroon and Gold Evil empire!

      • Actually he should of retired earlier as we do need a new coach and one who inspires his players plus does adjust and call time out. He did by the way sign a extension of his contract a little while ago but do wish we had another coach as he just does the same plays and dumps in so much that they are predictable. There are some good coaches out there and is time for a new one.

          • Remember though that the Don did inject new life into the program when he arrived. His very talented teams though, have seemed unmotivated, listless, and unprepared for far too long. I don’t care if the new coach comes from Mars- as long as he can make the program what it has been in the past

          • actually Lucia went to Notre Dame-still hopefully would be good to get another coach maybe Blais or Gwozdecky former Denver coach

  3. Ties in the pair-wise are broken by RPI – UMD wins over Gophers .5404-.5403…

    The Gophers probably have their checkbook out – It wouldn’t surprise me if they made it in over UMD.

  4. Ties in the pair-wise are broken by RPI – UMD wins over Gophers .5404-.5403…

    The Gophers probably have their checkbook out – It wouldn’t surprise me if they made it in over UMD.

  5. Ultimately, it was Notre Dame’s OT win over Ohio State in the Big Ten title which tilted the RPI by .0001 point in favor of Minnesota-Duluth, which snuck in as the 12 seed -from CHN.

    Thanks a lot Notre Dame!

  6. Ultimately, it was Notre Dame’s OT win over Ohio State in the Big Ten title which tilted the RPI by .0001 point in favor of Minnesota-Duluth, which snuck in as the 12 seed -from CHN.

    Thanks a lot Notre Dame!

    • Denver #5 beats #1 SCS decisively 4-1 for the NCHC champ and boasts 3-1-1 record over SCS and 1-1-0 over #2 NDame and 13-2 -4 over all ranked teams in 2018 should have absolutely jumped OSU, Big 10 title loser tonight, to get a 1 seed.

      • Yeah, too bad there’s that whole math thing… you can’t complain a out how any teams are seeded. It’s a formula

    • Denver #5 beats #1 SCS decisively 4-1 for the NCHC champ and boasts 3-1-1 record over SCS and 1-1-0 over #2 NDame and 13-2 -4 over all ranked teams in 2018 should have absolutely jumped OSU, Big 10 title loser tonight, to get a 1 seed.

      • Yeah, too bad there’s that whole math thing… you can’t complain a out how any teams are seeded. It’s a formula

  7. Sioux Falls: St. Cloud, Minn. St., UMD, Air Force
    Allentown: Notre Dame, Denver, Penn St., Princeton
    Bridgeport: Cornell, Providence, Clarkson, Mich. Tech
    Worcester: Ohio State, Michigan, Northeastern, BU

    • The 4 Big Ten schools will be spread out between each regional. Only way we will see 2 Big Ten schools at a regional is if Minnesota gets selected over another At-Large bid. Then the most likely scenario is Ohio State being in Allentown with Penn State.

  8. Sioux Falls: St. Cloud, Minn. St., UMD, Air Force
    Allentown: Notre Dame, Denver, Penn St., Princeton
    Bridgeport: Cornell, Providence, Clarkson, Mich. Tech
    Worcester: Ohio State, Michigan, Northeastern, BU

    • The 4 Big Ten schools will be spread out between each regional. Only way we will see 2 Big Ten schools at a regional is if Minnesota gets selected over another At-Large bid. Then the most likely scenario is Ohio State being in Allentown with Penn State.

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