NCAA Hockey

Get Your Brackets Filled! College Hockey Tournament Seedings Announced

3/23/08 in NCAA Hockey   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Although obviously the basketball tournament dominates everything right now, another very exciting college sport had its 16-team bracket announced.

Of course I speak of college hockey.

While people will often criticize the selections in the basketball tourney, there is room for some in this one as well, as controversy exists.  Wisconsin earned a 3 seed, yet they didn’t even go .500, and their division rival Minnesota State had a better record and won every game against Wisconsin, and yet they didn’t even make the tourney.  And to make things better for the Badgers, their playing at THEIR home ice.  That’s nutty.

 
As for the rest of the field, only 1 conference champion (6 conferences) got a #1 seed, and that is Michigan, ranked #1 in the nation.  Miami, who lost to Michigan in the CCHA conference final, also is a 1 seed.  The other number one seeds are New Hampshire and North Dakota. (Neither made their conference tournament game)

 
The other conference champions are Air Force, Niagara, Princeton (Each are 4-seeds), Boston College, and Denver. (Both are 2-seeds)

6 teams from the WCHA made the field.  Conference champion Denver, Colorado College (2), North Dakota (1), Wisconsin (3), St. Cloud State (2), and Minnesota (3).  4 teams are CCHA; number one seeds Michigan and Miami, along with defending national champion Michigan State (3) and Notre Dame (4). 

 

For the bracket, go here. (PDF file)  Most of the games will be on ESPNU, with the Frozen Four semi-finals on ESPN2 and the final on ESPN.

ESPN: NCAA hockey tourney's at-large selections include a number of surprises

USCHO: Bracket Analysis

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3/23/08   |   CriticalFanatic

Go Redhawks!

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

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Yea the whole Wisconsin thing is BS, Minnesota State's record is 19-16-4.  They finished ahead of Wisc in the WCHA and won and tied the only two meetings of the season.  If anything they should at least be a four seed, Princeton at least won their conference.

 

As for Michigan it looks like one easy ride to the Frozen Four.  As long as they don't under-estimate any of their opponents it should go well.

 

Anyone know if I can watch these games online for free? I dont have comcast or ESPNU.

I think a few will be on ESPN 360.

3/23/08   |   Janse

wrote:

Yea the whole Wisconsin thing is BS, Minnesota State's record is 19-16-4.  They finished ahead of Wisc in the WCHA and won and tied the only two meetings of the season.  If anything they should at least be a four seed, Princeton at least won their conference.

 

As for Michigan it looks like one easy ride to the Frozen Four.  As long as they don't under-estimate any of their opponents it should go well.

 

Anyone know if I can watch these games online for free? I dont have comcast or ESPNU.

It might be on ChannelSurfing.net. I have never seen a college hockey game on there, then again, I have never went on there looking for a college hockey game. The site has NBA, college basketball, NFL, soccer, MLB, racing stuff, so I would guess an event like the college hockey tournament would be on.

3/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Wisconsin is a 3 seed, but they get to play at home until the Frozen Four?  Seems kinda B.S. to me, but oh well. Go Badgers!