Monday, March 17, 2014

Bracketology today

We're under a week until Selection Sunday. So, we'll provide two brackets for perusal today. The first is what they look like given the current Pairwise Rankings; the second set is my personal guess after using the Pairwise Predictor tool to play out this weekend's conference tournaments.

As it stands now, we had to do some shuffling. Unlikely the committee places two ECAC and two Hockey East teams in the same bracket. We also think if Quinnipiac can be sent to Bridgeport, it will given the huge attendance-boost potential there. So, UMass Lowell gets shipped to Cincinnati and Wisconsin comes to Worcester, while Providence is pulled back to the Northeast and St. Cloud is sent to its home state.

3. Union vs. 14. Vermont
6. Quinnipiac vs. 11. Michigan

2. Boston College vs. 15. Colgate
5. Wisconsin vs. 9. Providence

1. Minnesota vs. 16. Mercyhurst
8. Notre Dame vs.  10. St. Cloud State

4. Ferris State vs. 13. North Dakota
7. UMass-Lowell vs. 12. Minnesota State

And, here's what it looks like after my weekend prognosticating:

Your Picks

Atlantic Hockey

  • Semifinal #2: Niagara defeats Robert Morris
  • Semifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Canisius
  • Championship game: Mercyhurst defeats Niagara

Big Ten

  • Play-in #2: Michigan defeats Penn State
  • Play-in #1: Michigan State defeats Ohio State
  • Semifinal #2: Wisconsin defeats Michigan
  • Semifinal #1: Minnesota defeats Michigan State
  • Championship game: Minnesota defeats Wisconsin


  • Semifinal #2: Quinnipiac defeats Colgate
  • Semifinal #1: Union defeats Cornell
  • Championship game: Union defeats Quinnipiac

Hockey East

  • Semifinal #2: Providence defeats New Hampshire
  • Semifinal #1: Massachusetts-Lowell defeats Notre Dame
  • Championship game: Massachusetts-Lowell defeats Providence


  • Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Western Michigan
  • Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Miami
  • Consolation game: Miami defeats Western Michigan
  • Championship game: North Dakota defeats Denver


  • Semifinal #2: Minnesota State defeats Bowling Green
  • Semifinal #1: Ferris State defeats Alaska-Anchorage
  • Championship game: Ferris State defeats Minnesota State
Which leaves this as a bracket:

3. Union vs. 14. Minnesota State
7. Quinnipiac vs. 9. Providence

2. Boston College vs. 16. Mercyhurst
5. UMass Lowell vs. 11. North Dakota

1. Minnesota vs. 15. Northeastern
8. Notre Dame vs. 10. St. Cloud State

4. Ferris State vs. 13. Michigan
6. Wisconsin vs. 12. Vermont


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