Hockey East Tournament Champions - 2013, 2014, 2017
Hockey East Regular Season Champions - 2013, 2017
Frozen Four - 2013
Charter member of Darin's "UML Seven"
Intra-conference match ups are only taboo in first game of regional---1 vs 4 or 2 vs 3. No reason to send #1 Denver to Providence.
GO DU !!!
Lowell should play in Manchester. They (UML) always have a huge fan turnout and Manchester is just up the road. If Harvard finishes in the top 4, they should also stay east but the rest of the ECAC teams that make it to the NCAA's can travel. With the exception of possibly Cornell, I don't think ECAC teams will add much to ticket sales. Certainly not as much as a Providence, BU or UML.
DANGER - MEN AT WORK
Which teams are locks for the tourney? Which teams are still on the bubble?
To be more specific, what would have to happen for Union to NOT make the tourney? I feel like being at #8 in the PWR is usually close to a lock, but a lot of teams are bunched up behind us so I still feel like there's a way to not make it.
I have traveled to every game Union has played in the National Tournament, but I'm not going to Fargo, ND. Hoping we can stay East, preferably in Providence.
Be careful of the CHN predictor as Niagara still has a chance for the Autobid and they do not post it even if just barely over 0%. Only 13 teams are already out not 14. Those 100%'s appear to be rounded off for all but the top 3. 4 & 5 definitely would need 6 bizarre autobids to exclude them.
Last edited by BC/HE; 03-05-2017 at 12:12 PM. Reason: Note about Niagara and 100%
2013 Lowell #1 seed, #3 national ranking. Friday attendance 8000, Saturday attendance 8400.
2015 BU #1seed, #2 national ranking. Friday attendance 5100, Saturday attendance 4700.
OK let's be fair. UNH played both days with Lowell in 2013 along with Wisconsin and Denver.
BU's bracket had Yale, Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth.
A HUGE disparity in attendance. Is this a rational comparison, or does UNH render it moot?
I've said it for years the NCAA cannot serve two masters when it comes to placing hockey teams in the 4 regional sites. Either you go completely with bracket integrity and seed 1-16, 2-15, 8-9, etc, or you gerrymander the crap out of the thing, putting teams as close to possible to their home region. I might go so far as to say you can protect the 1-16 matchup and then look to make attendance an issue, but other than that, either stick with seeds or stick with attendance.
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