NCAA Hockey Tournament Quasi-Bracketology, March 4

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Filling out brackets is fun. Making the brackets to fill out requires a slightly greater investment of time but is rewarding.

For the upcoming 2014 NCAA Hockey Tournament, there are still questions to be answered, such as who will win? Who will be in? Who will play where?

It is not my intention to answer those questions today with any definition. Rather, the goal of “Quasi-Bracketology” is to propose an NCAA Tournament field that is to my liking. In other words, this might not be the way the bracket would actually look if it was created by the committee today, but this is the bracket I would put together.

Without further ado, Quasi-Bracketology.


S-Curve

(Based upon PairWise Rankings as of March 3)
* – Denotes projected conference champion

1. Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten)*
2. Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)*
3. Union Dutchmen (ECAC)*
4. St. Cloud State Huskies (NCHC)

5. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)
6. Ferris State Bulldogs (WCHA)*
7. Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC)
8. Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (Hockey East)

9. North Dakota Fightin’ North Dakotans (NCHC; not really their name)*
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Hockey East)
11. Providence Friars (Hockey East)
12. Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)

13. Cornell Big Red (ECAC)
14. Vermont Catamounts (Hockey East)
15. Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)
16. Mercyhurst Lakers (Atlantic)*

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  • Pal

    If the season ended today Minnesota State would be in as WCHA champs (tiebreaker over Ferris), so they would be in and Northeastern out.

  • 4life4america

    You have made it as easy as possible for BC at the expense of everyone else but this has come to be the norm. Despite this, Cornell will still kick BC’s butt just as Union did last year.

  • tape

    What exactly is your logic for thinking that BC (#2 overall) and Lowell (#8 overall) would be in the same regional? While the committee does move some teams around in their bands to avoid first-round intra-conference matchups, the team that gets moved is generally the lower-seeded team in an effort to maintain the integrity of the top end of the bracket, and besides Lowell-North Dakota wouldn’t be an issue in that regard. The only first-round matchup that needs to be split up is Wisconsin-Michigan, which would probably be solved by switching Michigan with either Providence or Notre Dame. That’s the only swap I see happening with the Pairwise as it looks right now.

    I find it interesting that you inexplicably solved this problem by moving around the entire 2-seed band, which is definitely not how it would happen in reality. Is this called “quasi-bracketology” because you quasi-understand the NCAA tournament?