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chickod
03-19-2017, 11:05 PM
Did Providence complain about having to play the national championship in Boston against Boston University two years ago? No, we don't talk about that because BU lost the game.

Um...last time I checked they don't "place" teams in the Frozen Four. Or did you want them to MOVE the Frozen Four to, say, Dallas so that BU wouldn't be "home?"

PC91
03-20-2017, 08:40 AM
Western Michigan is my sleeper to win the region. I think Harvard has the best shot to advance but the Friars have a puncher's chance if the play smart.

I hope that Friars fans come out to support the team. There isn't as much cross over support for the hockey team as I'd like to see but since the hoop team is off for the summer it is a nice opportunity to for some folks to wear their black and white and see a game at the Dunk.

Scarlet
03-20-2017, 09:10 AM
Did Providence complain about having to play the national championship in Boston against Boston University two years ago? No, we don't talk about that because BU lost the game.

Yeah, that's TOTALLY the same thing. :rolleyes:

Nick Papagiorgio
03-20-2017, 09:54 AM
If the NCAA did not consider attendance while making the pairings

Unfortunately, they do so we can stop the conversation right there. Remember when BU hosted in Worcester every other year and still couldn't get out of the regionals and it got so ridiculous they started making Holy Cross host?

Scarlet
03-20-2017, 10:04 AM
Unfortunately, they do so we can stop the conversation right there. Remember when BU hosted in Worcester every other year and still couldn't get out of the regionals and it got so ridiculous they started making Holy Cross host?

You know that's not what happened. But sure, it makes for a good narrative.

The mayor of Worcester said that since the Centrum is owned by the city and there is a D1 school in Worcester, Holy Cross will be the host school any time the Regionals are there. And not for nothing, but they went to the Frozen Four quite a few times through Worcester.

UML Puck Hawk
03-20-2017, 10:05 AM
Unfortunately, they do so we can stop the conversation right there. Remember when BU hosted in Worcester every other year and still couldn't get out of the regionals and it got so ridiculous they started making Holy Cross host?

Also, yah know. Providence in Providence was based on Bracket Integrity. They didn't need to move them there because as the brackets fell they were naturally there. Now if you think the #3 seed in the country should not need to play a team so close to home thats fair, but that is how things fell. The committee did not move them there this year

UML Puck Hawk
03-20-2017, 10:05 AM
Did Providence complain about having to play the national championship in Boston against Boston University two years ago? No, we don't talk about that because BU lost the game.

what a stupid thing to say. Aren't you a UNH fan :confused:

Nick Papagiorgio
03-20-2017, 10:05 AM
but they went to the Frozen Four quite a few times through Worcester.

I was there for the Denver game!

Scarlet
03-20-2017, 10:08 AM
I was there for the Denver game!

What were you like, 12??? :eek:

Nick Papagiorgio
03-20-2017, 10:13 AM
What were you like, 12??? :eek:

17, almost 18. There was about a month where I was biting my nails waiting for my BC acceptance letter while I held on to my acceptance letters from the safety schools; BU was tops on the safety list until the BC one arrived on April 2nd I think (Phew!), delayed by that ridiculous snowstorm April 1 1997. So yea I was there rooting for BU when Drury buried it in OT.

PC91
03-20-2017, 10:16 AM
I feel that BU should have been moved to Providence to help boost attendance as well. I think the Air Force/Western Michigan game will be sparsely attended in terms of their fans traveling and neither team has enough exposure to draw casual fan interest here in New England. The bracket would be much more of a draw if BU was switched to Providence. That would have spiced things up!

Scarlet
03-20-2017, 10:37 AM
17, almost 18. There was about a month where I was biting my nails waiting for my BC acceptance letter while I held on to my acceptance letters from the safety schools; BU was tops on the safety list until the BC one arrived on April 2nd I think (Phew!), delayed by that ridiculous snowstorm April 1 1997. So yea I was there rooting for BU when Drury buried it in OT.

OMG, I remember coming home from the Final Four in Milwaukee that year. It was, like 65 degrees the entire time we were there. Just gorgeous weather. Landed back in Boston on 3/31. My folks picked my up at the airport and said "we're supposed to get some snow tomorrow." Ha. Understatement.

OK, topic. So, I asked in the Pairwise thread if, based on them really trying to do 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15, etc. if this is actually where Providence would have been seeded anyway, location be ****ed, and never got an answer. So, let's say the regional was in Worcester this year. Would Providence still be there? I'm thinking yes because they are a 4 seed.

Riz
03-20-2017, 02:44 PM
I feel that BU should have been moved to Providence to help boost attendance as well. I think the Air Force/Western Michigan game will be sparsely attended in terms of their fans traveling and neither team has enough exposure to draw casual fan interest here in New England. The bracket would be much more of a draw if BU was switched to Providence. That would have spiced things up!

They couldn't do a team for team swap of Western Michigan for BU because that would have created a first round intra-conference NCHC matchup in Fargo between Western Mich and North Dakota.

QUAlum2004
03-20-2017, 10:12 PM
Mark Divver‏ @MarkDivver
Two weeks after verbally committing to @FriarsHockey, Madison Caps D-man Cole Hults has decommitted. Previously committed to Lake Superior

UML Puck Hawk
03-20-2017, 10:58 PM
Mark Divver‏ @MarkDivver
Two weeks after verbally committing to @FriarsHockey, Madison Caps D-man Cole Hults has decommitted. Previously committed to Lake Superior

Huh

Harry Cleverly
03-20-2017, 11:15 PM
They are the last team in and playing the top team so I think its the draw not the city

Michigan Tech was the last team in, not PC. And it was done for attendance purposes and league matches.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-20-2017, 11:52 PM
They couldn't do a team for team swap of Western Michigan for BU because that would have created a first round intra-conference NCHC matchup in Fargo between Western Mich and North Dakota.

They could have, however, switched Western Michigan with Union. Western Michigan is 300 miles from Cincy, but 900 miles from Providence. Union is 180 miles from Providence, but 700 miles from Cincy. Union would have brought a huge contingent of fans to that game. Instead, we'll probably have less than 100 fans making the trip to Cincy.

The committee chairman was actually asked about this in an interview with CHN and this is what he had to say:

CHN: What about, say, switching Western Michigan and Union, getting Western Michigan to Cincinnati (instead of Providence)? The school is somewhat close to Cincinnati.

McGinnis: I don't know if that was felt to be a significant switch. When you look at it the first time through, you had Cornell (in Providence) so you couldn't move Union there. After (Cornell was moved to Manchester) you could've made that (Union-WMU) switch as well, but I don't think they felt that was a dramatic enough change.

satyking
03-21-2017, 06:50 PM
This makes it 4 NCAA appearances in a row for PC.....don't know how many other schools can claim that......means we have a program not just a team or 2

Hokydad
03-21-2017, 07:57 PM
I dont care if you play in your back yard, any team that beats Miami Ohio, Denver, UNO and BU in 4 straight is pretty **** good. Especially in the dominating fashion they did, blew out the first 3, regardless of what the final scores were. And they were 2-1 vs BU for the season,

3100IRL
03-21-2017, 11:00 PM
I don't think there's as much of an advantage in placing Providence in the local regional. It's not done as a favor, just an NCAA idea to get the most money out of having the nearest team in the tourney to the site hosting it. I don't expect that players are skating around looking up at the stands and saying, "****, look at all those opponents colors out there. Terrifying! I give up!"