But if you think it's bad in hockey, look at the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The idea of sports is to WIN, right? So how do they get off saying that the team that finishes eighth in the B1G, for example, "deserves" to go to the tournament over a team that won 25 games but finished second in their conference, just because it's a "mid major?" If the idea is to have the "best 64 (or 65 or whatever it is now) teams in the tournament, then why bother with conferences at all? Just use a PWR like hockey and pick the top 65 teams. A team who finishes second in their conference, even if it's the worst in the country (i.e., like an America East or Patriot League) STILL deserves to go to the tournament over an eighth place team that probably lost EVERY game it played against the top four teams in its league.
It's never going to change, though, so there's no point in lamenting. It is what it is.
BU is #24 PW at 16-17-4. BC is #34 at 13-21-3... And both teams have a shot at the NCAA's.
An exquisitely stupid calculus.
I was at the Garden in 2004 so I get it (goal disallowed because the guy's skate was one millimeter into the crease which has no bearing on the play whatsoever). I have been lucky to witness Final (what they used to call it)/Frozen Fours in person...1974, 1978, 1995, 2009, 2015; three of which we won and two in which we lost (1974 to Minnesota and 2015 to Providence). So yes, I am somewhat spoiled.
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Last edited by Fishman'81; 03-17-2019 at 09:01 PM.
It'll truly be an embarrassment to our sport if BC gets in and displaces a deserving team. That team has no business whatsoever to even be in the same Zip Code as the tournament.
Focus on 32 second mark. And ask yourself if he could have done more.
Then look at the blocked shots NU had.
Then you can realize one team stresses defense, and the other doesn't.
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