Boston College ranked lower while it played tougher non-conference than Northeastern and Providence and leads them at top of conference. BC passed over last year when in 3 way title ties over those who finished lower. Bejimdi won it conference title but not playoffs so lower teams made it instead. More weight needed for conference season play. After the tournament winner, the one who finished top of conference should go to the NCAAs.
Last edited by freedomfighter; 01-11-2018 at 07:00 PM.
Edit: I donít disagree with the WCHA situation. Maybe that league and AHA should consider using the RS champ instead?
Last edited by Middle Street; 01-12-2018 at 10:22 AM.
Make the conference tournies mean something and take just the tournament champions.
West 1. East 1
West 2. East 2
West 3. East 3
Weds. QF. West 2 v East 3 / East 2 v West 3
Thusday SF: West 1 v East 2/West 3 | East 1 v West 2/East 3
Saturday is the final.
The intensity of the conference finals would double and sell out.
BC was a mediocre team last year at best, who beat bad teams but got dominated by teams of any serious quality. They had a dominating lead in Hockey East and then threw it away by only managing 4 points in February, ended up in third place, and then couldn't make it in via the way they knew they could get in: winning the tournament. Frankly, the two teams who finished behind them in the Hockey East conference standings were superior teams who deserved it more; they had more wins than BC which means they fared better out of conference, and Notre Dame made the Frozen Four.
BC is just as mediocre this year, having gone 0-5-3 out of conference and dropping most of their conference games against teams of any notable caliber. They're going to have to win the Hockey East tournament to get in, and the way they're playing I can't see how they can manage that.
Also, why'd it take you until the following January to gripe about last year's NCAA bids?
I really dislike using tournaments to pick the ďbestĒ teams when there are so many regular season games. Like I said in the cafe, it makes sense in football where you have only 12 games and donít even play everyone from your conference. But when itís like hockey you have more than enough games. Tournaments are fun, but for NCAA entry it should be the regular season champs.
I think its ridiculous that Regular Season Champs are ever excluded from the NCAA tourney. But I also understand that the conf tourney's need incentives for teams to want to win and fans to want to care about going to those tourney's, so the conf tourney champs should also get into the NCAA tourney.
There are what now, 6 conferences? How often do all 6 regular season champs lose in the conf tourney's? Maybe the tourney should be expanded to 18 or 20 teams? Let in both the regular season and conf tourney champs, and that would allow for at least 6 non champs in the tourney every season, if not more. There could literally be 12 non champs get in, although unlikely. On average I would guess 9. How many get in now? 10 non conf tourney champs get in, but how many of those 10 didn't win their conf regular season?
I think expansion to 18 teams is the only way to do things just right. But I doubt the NCAA cares about such things. Everything is about the money these days.
No justice until the computers stop screwing over UML.
Some of us predicted exactly this when the conferences realigned. Schedule the maximum number of cupcakes, win them and play decent in your conference and you'll qualify. Hell, you don't even have to win them all.
AIC (W, L)
Robert Morris (W, W)
Mercyhust (W, L)
Arizona State (W, W)
Go 0-4-1 against the top team in your conference and you're still a lock for the NCAA tournament.
You know, all a team has to do is win. 16 teams make it, if your team can't qualify, then they weren't all that good to begin with.
Thanks for the great insight
Michigan's best OOC win, aside from a conference opponent in Sparty, was a Vermont team that finished 48th in PWR. They then went 0-5 against a team that wasn't even the top team in the conference (and who played a similarly weak OOC including an inability to beat RPI at home on two tries). Still going to make it, will probably be a 2 seed.
Frozen Four: '96, '09
NCAA Tournament: '88, '96, '97, '09, '10, '14
UVM record in games I've attended as a student:
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Then take Minnesota with the best SOS who will likely miss unless OSU wins.
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