I did think it was a bit weird.
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I did think it was a bit weird.
Question - if the East regional was somewhere else, like, oh, say, Worcester, where would Providence be going? Same regional? It seems like they get all the benefit of a host without spending a dime. Nice work if you can get it.
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Is it really such a huge deal for PC to play in Providence? It really seems overblown to me. They're not playing in Scneider. They're playing in a much larger arena, that barely drew the last time it hosted. Honestly, how many PC fans will attend this weekend that wouldn't have made the 45 minute drive if Worcester was the host? How many Harvard fans would go to Worcester but NOT an hour down the road to Providence? Honestly, if Harvard doesn't get enough fans down there to make it neutral than that's on them...
It was a bigger problem when Miami had to play Providence - but that's what happens when you don't earn the right to stay in region. And as a Miami alum - I can promise you they would have felt equally as screwed playing PC anywhere in NE. I can also promise you Miami is unlikely to bring a large amount of fans anywhere - including Cincinnati...
I am shocked by how many thought it was necessary to protect Harvard but were adamant Denver should be sent to ND. Fargo will be a MUCH more extreme home ice advantage hours away from NDs campus...
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This time around providence being in providence does matchup with the PWR though
In 2014-15 Miami could have played Quinipiac or Yale in Providence instead. What would have been the difference? Two good teams and fan bases from less than an hour away. Same atmosphere a few extra NCAA bucks. No harm, no foul. Providence being at home had nothing to do with the outcome. RedHawk fans who didn't go to Providence, certainly wouldn't have gone to Manchester. Miami lost because Barber was hurt, Coleman was suspended, the entire team took the first two periods off and PC was better.
The box score lists attendance as 7900 - so it was probably more like 5,000. Let's say 2500-3000 PC fans, in a cavernous arena. If that's insurmountable or even an advantage in an opponents eyes, they deserve to lose...
Miami was the fourth one seed - this happens when your the fourth one seed. Playing ND in Fargo is a bad draw. Playing UNH in Manchester (when they were good) is a bad draw. Playing PC in Providence is no different than playing them in Worcester or Albany or Manchester. Playing Jon Gilles is a bad draw - and that's just tournament hockey...
There is a narrative emerging that SC beat Duke because the game was in SC. And it's silly. Greenville is an hot closer than Greensboro for SC and an hour and a half further for Duke. Duke just lost...
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Once again, I don't care where Harvard ended up this time, or any other time as long as it is fair. If the Crimson are going to win, they can do that anywhere. What is bothersome is the position allegedly held by the NCAA itself and reportedly stated by Providence officials about its special treatment as a non-host school. That's all. I don't know how they came to this (regardless of PWR rank) status level that the other 15 teams do not seem to enjoy.
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