Actually there was. As the #3 overall seed, Providence is still closer than Manchester despite that difference being negligible and the fact UMass to Providence and Manchester is basically the same. But it's the 3 vs. 14 game. Fits bracket integrity and seed placement. At least this time around the committee didn't bend over backwards to put PC there. It just happened to fall into their lap. And as someone else noted, #1 seed Harvard (Minnesota State will probably bring more fans) shut out Providence in Providence just a couple years ago. People are overstating the advantage. PC does not have some raucous hockey following.
It doesn’t matter what system you come up with. Someone will find a reason to complain.
Haven't followed the college game as much this year. You see I moved 1500 miles to 80 miles north of Tampa where the greatest hockey team in recent history plays. Looking at the brackets I would say the kids from Cloud 9 got the toughest bracket.
This may be the most interesting stat of this tournament.
Denver has more NCAA titles (8) than the other 15 teams in the field combined (7).
And 10 of the 16 teams have never won one.
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