NCAA Hockey Bracketology: Boston College Out, But By How Much?

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Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; North Dakota Sioux forward Connor Gaarder (13) celebrates his goal with against the Minnesota Gophers during the third period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Minnesota defeated North Dakota, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Our first installment of NCAA hockey bracketology will cut to the chase: #19 Boston College would not make the tournament if the season ended today.

That much is well-known, especially after the Eagles lost to Maine on Sunday. Had that not happened, their position in the PairWise Rankings would be stronger than it is now, but we have to deal with life in the here and now. Boston College harmed themselves with the Maine loss, but helped themselves out with some recent big wins against Boston University and Merrimack.

Where does Boston College sit right now? Let’s look at the PairWise Rankings as of last night, following the Merrimack win:

NCAA Hockey Bracketology: PairWise Rankings

(Asterisk represents current conference leader)

1. Minnesota State*
2. Nebraska-Omaha*
3. Bowling Green
4. North Dakota
5. Minnesota-Duluth
6. Miami-Ohio
7. Harvard
8. Boston University*
9. UMass-Lowell
10. Yale
11. Michigan Tech
12. Vermont
13. Denver
14. Providence
15. Michigan
16. Colgate

17. Merrimack
18. Boston College
19. Minnesota
20. Quinnipiac*
21. Western Michigan
22. Penn State*
23. St. Lawrence
24. St. Cloud State
25. Robert Morris*
26. Alaska

Next: Organizing the Bracket