I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
With North Dakota beating Denver in 2OT to win the WCHA Playoff Championship, the pairwise is set for the NCAA Selection Show tomorrow afternoon.
Miami will be the last #1 seed (joining Yale, North Dakota, and Boston College), as they won their first CCHA Playoff Championship tonight. Michigan finished #5, which means they will be a #2 seed (most likely) in Miami's region. The pairwise does not totally determine the field, it could be adjusted for travel concerns and will be adjusted to avoid intra-conference first round matchups. Also, teams that host regions automatically play in those regions no matter what seed they are.
Selection Show will be tomorrow, 11:30am, ESPNU (I think)
Teams that made the tournament according to USCHO:
Yale, North Dakota ,Boston College, Miami, Michigan, Merrimack, Denver, Union, Minnesota-Duluth, Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska-Omaha, New Hampshire, Colorado College, Rensselaer, Air Force
Let's assume for the moment Michigan is in Miami's region. If you watched both teams play this weekend, you should be (rightfully so) concerned. Michigan played like garbage Friday night and while winning today against ND, they were outshot by about 20. Miami meanwhile steamrolled ND and took care of WMU to win their first CCHA Playoff title and looked like a championship team doing it. However, that is why they play the games. This senior class has one last shot at that nice gold trophy and to hang a nice white banner at Yost. They certainly have the talent to win it all...but will we see the team we all want to see, or the debacle we watched this weekend?
The only thing to be sure about...there is nothing more nerve wrecking than single elimination hockey...game on
USCHO predicts Michigan will be in the St Louis Region
West Regional (St. Louis):
14 Colorado College vs. 3 Boston College
12 Nebraska-Omaha vs. 5 Michigan
I recommend clicking on the link, they do a great breakdown at how they predicted the regions...
With Bowling Green's epic double overtime (!) shocker over Northern Michigan the Second Round matchups are set for the CCHA Tournament. It sounded like an epic game from the BGSU radio viewpoint.
The matchups are (Best of Three Series March 11-13th):
#1 Michigan hosts #11 Bowling Green in Ann Arbor
#2 Notre Dame hosts #8 Lake Superior State in South Bend
#3 Miami hosts #7 Alaska in Oxford
#4 Western Michigan hosts #5 Ferris State in Kalamazoo.
The four winners will advance to the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena the following weekend. The teams that advance will be reseeded.
Check MFan_in_Ohio's diary for a guide on who to root for in terms of pairwise for Michigan.
This will be the last series at Yost in my student career...damn that is depressing as hell
*Side Note: Michigan Basketball Quarterfinal game against Illinois is at 2:30(ish) on Friday and if they advance, 1:40 on Saturday. These are the nights of the first two games of the CCHA Quarterfinals which will take place at 7:35 each night. All of this means that Basketball and Hockey will NOT be on at the same time. Yeah, we all got lucky here!
An update of the CCHA Tournament Action of the First Round that took place last night. All of these were game 2 of the best of three series.
Lake Superior State eliminated Ohio State 3-2
Bowling Green defeated Northern Michigan 2-0
Alaska eliminated Michigan State 4-3 in Double Overtime
-This ends Rick Comley's career
So the matchups in the second round are still up in the air (besides the 4/5 series) depending on who wins tonight between NMU and BGSU...here are the scenarios:
If Northern Michigan wins tonight:
#1 U-M v #8 LSSU, #2 ND v #7 Alaska, #3 Miami v #6 NMU, #4 WMU v #5 FSU
If Bowling Green wins tonight:
#1 U-M v #11 BGSU, #2 ND v #8 LSSU, #3 Miami v #7 Alaska, #4 WMU v #5 FSU
It is obvious that you would want the 11 seed over the 8 seed, so I would root for BGSU to win tonight...but either way it is playoff hockey now and anything can happen. Michigan should take care of business against either team as long as they show up and play their game and not down to their opponent's level.
Current CCHA Playoff Scores....
LSSU 3 3rd Period 5:36 left
NMU 0 3rd Period 15:51 left
Alaska Face off at 7:05 AT
If this holds up, LSSU moves on and BG would force a game 3 on Sunday. An Alaska win would end MSU's season and see LSSU vs. Michigan next weekend.
As the title says, ND just lost to WMU 2-0 in their regular season finale, giving Michigan the opportunity to win the regular season CCHA championship. Michigan currently leads 4-0 with 5 min left.
From College Hockey News
Western College Hockey Blog has a good summary why this is not smart.
This change moved Michigan up from #6 to #5. Notre Dame is tied for 7th. Western is up to 10th (!), Miami at 16th, Alaska at 18th, OSU and Ferris are tied at 24th.
Basically, the ranking's Teams Under Consideration comparision has been expanded from the top 25 RPI teams to all teams with an above .500 RPI. To put that in perspective...Michigan State is now a TUC...wow.