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    NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    For the fourth consecutive year, SNC and Augsburg meet in the playoffs.

    The excellent preview from SNC:
    https://www.snc.edu/athletics/teamfi...ockey19-17.pdf

    And preview from AU:
    https://athletics.augsburg.edu/news/...x?path=mhockey
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Unfortunately, NCAA rules force these repeated matchups between teams in the same region year after year. Wouldn't it be fun if first round and quarterfinal matchups could involve teams from different regions.
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Quote Originally Posted by NUProf View Post
    Unfortunately, NCAA rules force these repeated matchups between teams in the same region year after year. Wouldn't it be fun if first round and quarterfinal matchups could involve teams from different regions.
    One can only dream of a world where the 4th seed would get a home quarterfinal game against the winner of a 5/12 matchup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Coughlin View Post
    One can only dream of a world where the 4th seed would get a home quarterfinal game against the winner of a 5/12 matchup.
    When you think about it this bracket actually works out better long term for SNC. A hot team gets to play this week. To win the national title you are going to have to beat Point in Point eventually. If you beat them in the quarters you now get the final four at home and get a 5 in the semifinals. Same path to the title, just when you play the teams is flipped with the last two rounds at home instead of just a quarterfinal.

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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    It is frustrating. To travel to St. Norbert and beat them seems like a tall task but it might just happen this year. I know we have been close in the past 4 years and beat them this year at The Ed. If the other MIAC teams would/could just make a big push to improve the level of play within the conference it would create a higher ranking and especially for the winner of the league. The Auggies are good this year but can you ask them to make that trip each year and get a win? Seems to me that long term, MIAC teams need to step up and book a more difficult schedule. Augsburg has been doing just that with non conference games in the NCHA and WIAC. Need everyone else to do more of the same.

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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    For the fourth consecutive year, SNC and Augsburg meet in the playoffs.

    The excellent preview from SNC:
    https://www.snc.edu/athletics/teamfi...ockey19-17.pdf
    I did not realize that St. Norbert is within three victories of Middlebury for all time NCAA Tournament victories...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete99race View Post
    I did not realize that St. Norbert is within three victories of Middlebury for all time NCAA Tournament victories...
    Middlebury = 34 - 7 - 2
    SNC = 31 - 13 - 1.
    Love them ties. Ah the days of the DMG in NCAA play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete99race View Post
    I did not realize that St. Norbert is within three victories of Middlebury for all time NCAA Tournament victories...
    Middlebury = 34 - 7 - 2
    SNC = 31 - 13 - 1.
    A national championship run would put them alone in first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    SNC has six players with at least 27 points on the year. I'm always amazed by how balanced their scoring attack is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Nubs View Post
    When you think about it this bracket actually works out better long term for SNC. A hot team gets to play this week. To win the national title you are going to have to beat Point in Point eventually. If you beat them in the quarters you now get the final four at home and get a 5 in the semifinals. Same path to the title, just when you play the teams is flipped with the last two rounds at home instead of just a quarterfinal.

    Perhaps . But one more game to play is one more chance to lose

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    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    Perhaps . But one more game to play is one more chance to lose
    Something all the eastern teams, no matter how they were seeded, had to do the past two years. So, my tears are not exactly flowing for SNC...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    Perhaps . But one more game to play is one more chance to lose
    If you are good enough to win it then that shouldn't matter like 2012 for instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Jaslow View Post
    Something all the eastern teams, no matter how they were seeded, had to do the past two years. So, my tears are not exactly flowing for SNC...
    Nor did I say they should be. Just my reaction to a very glass half full analysis. The worry wort in me before a matchup with a team SNC couldn’t beat earlier this year.
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    Nor did I say they should be. Just my reaction to a very glass half full analysis. The worry wort in me before a matchup with a team SNC couldn’t beat earlier this year.
    If it's a team they can't beat, then I guess they aren't really national champions anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by GB Puck Fan View Post
    Nor did I say they should be. Just my reaction to a very glass half full analysis. The worry wort in me before a matchup with a team SNC couldn’t beat earlier this year.
    No doubt, if it was "my" team, I would be worrying just like you. You never know in a one-game playoff.
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Just glancing an noticed that Augs beat an tied SNC this year.
    Is SNC getting the home game as result of facilities at Augs or did
    Augs just get hoosed by the NCAA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUProf View Post
    If it's a team they can't beat, then I guess they aren't really national champions anyway
    That argument always seemed kind of tautological to me. The reality is anything can happen in a one game playoff. Even if you think your team has a 60% chance of winning, that means you still have a 40% chance of losing. I wouldn't want to spin that revolver chamber any more times than I need to.
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Quote Originally Posted by nascoo View Post
    Just glancing an noticed that Augs beat an tied SNC this year.
    Is SNC getting the home game as result of facilities at Augs or did
    Augs just get hoosed by the NCAA?
    Home ice is based on the Pairwise rankings, and SNC is ranked ahead of Augsburg.
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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    No horse in this race but when talking about teams with similar records the face to face meeting
    should prevail rather than some statistical crap. Hmm, I see the games were played at Augs earlier this year.

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    Re: NCAA Playoffs: Augsburg at St. Norbert - Round 4

    Quote Originally Posted by nascoo View Post
    No horse in this race but when talking about teams with similar records the face to face meeting
    should prevail rather than some statistical crap. Hmm, I see the games were played at Augs earlier this year.
    Once again, everything this year was based on the PWR. Period. End of story. That is the only statistic that counts. Crap or not.
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