For the 100th time, if there are four western teams and they have two quarterfinals in the west, no flights are necessary. You have again ignored this scenario.Part 2 - a bit controversial
The NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament is a 12 team tournament. There are 8 Automatic Qualifiers (Pool A) and 4 At-Large berths (Pool C). There are no Pool B selections. All teams not in Pool A are eligible for selection in Pool C.
For the 18-19 and 19-20 seasons, the NCAA Division III selections will be made via the Pair Wise Ranking System that has been used by our Division I brethren. The latest PWR ranking can be found here. The rankings used here are accurate as of this posting. After Tuesday, things may change.
Bracketology assumes the season ended yesterday. That is, no more games are to be played. In absence of the conference tournament, the first place teams in each Conference are assigned to Pool A. They are (with their PWR ranking in parenthesis):
CCC: Salve Regina (17)
MASCAC: Plymouth State (31)
MIAC: Augsburg (11)
NCHA: St. Norbert (6)
NEHC: Mass-Boston (5)
NESCAC: Wesleyan (10)
SUNYAC: Geneseo (2)
UCHC: Utica (15)
The next 4 teams in the PWR, not otherwise in Pool A are:
Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1)
Ranking them now in PWR order we have:
Stevens Point (1)
St. Norbert (6)
Salve Regina (17)
Plymouth St. (31)
We have 4 West teams and 8 East teams. Or do we? Adrian, for as long as they have been in the tournament, are the wild card and the tournament committee has shifted them into the Eastern side if it makes sense.
The famous NCAA Mileage Calculator is used by the NCAA to decide on flight/bus, with 500 miles being the cutoff. The NCAA Pre Championship Manual has all the stuff you need, including a very interesting bracket template (which I consigned to the trash bin).
The mileage from Adrian to the other 3 Western schools are:
St. Norbert: 435
How about Eastern schools?
If we do a 4 team western bracket there is a possibility that Augsburg would travel to Adrian and that would mean a flight.
So we'll do this:
Round 1 (March 9)
Augsburg at St. Norbert
Plymouth St. at Norwich
Salve Regina at Mass-Boston
Utica at Wesleyan
Byes: Stevens Point, Geneseo, Oswego, Adrian
Quarterfinals March (16)
Augsburg/St. Norbert at Stevens Point
Weselyan/Utica at Geneseo
Salve Regina/Mass-Boston v Plymouth/Norwich
Adrian at Oswego
Semifinals (March 22)
Stevens Point/Augsburg/St. Norbert v Salve Regina/Mass-Boston/Plymouth St./Norwich
Weslayan/Utica/Geneseo v Adrian/Oswego
Finals (March 24)