Lets do this...I don't know about anyone else, but I am ready for single elimination hockey to take more years off my life
The Bracket: They Didn't Screw Us
Selection show starts off with UMD's OT winner last year and WMU's win yesterday. Good omen! They didn't screw us:
2. Ferris State
Michigan gets a technically tougher second round matchup against #6 Ferris State, but it's a team they swept earlier in the year and is not hypothetically Minnesota on its home ice. That guarantees nothing (I mean, obviously), but I'd rather play in an empty, lonely dungeon than against Minnesota at the X.
Bonus item: Michigan avoids red-hot BC and North Dakota until a hypothetical final and will probably get either Union or a CCHA team in a hypothetical national semi.
UPDATE: The other regionals:
4. Air Force
1. North Dakota
4. Western Michigan
Somewhere Else In The East I Forget
4. Michigan State
If Michigan gets out of their regional they'll play the winner of the Union regional in the semi.
Even Hoke's golden poop can't help with the terror that is OT playoff hockey
I can't wait to hear Michigan and Cornell fans cheer the same things back at each other!*
*Yes, I know that Michigan has changed/improved many of the cheers over time.**
**I also realize that half of the CCHA started doing the cheers after they heard them at Yost. Hooray creativity!
To Cornell Michigan owes a debt of gratitude. We may have updated our cheers, but if our fans hadn't started copying their cheers Yost would not be what it is today.
Bridgeport out East.
Like location and teams in Green Bay. My problem is as top seed should be playing opening game. Other 3 regionals has top seed playing that opening game.
ARENT MICHIGAN! They will be the Prime Time broadcast...
... been announced?
Fri 9pm ESPNU
Hey, anyone want to crash in Chicago for free on the way to Green Bay Thursday night? And possibly Sunday? All you have to do is give me a ride the rest of the way! I'll pay for gas too.
I am considering heading up to Chicago Thursday after work, but I already have a place to stay in the Lincoln Park area. I might be able to give you a ride back and forth though. How flexible are you on what times to come and go?
I"m pretty flexible. I just want to see some hockey. I already have a room at the hotel next to the rink for Friday and Saturday nights, so I pretty much just need to get there. Contact me at [email protected] Thanks!
so if anyone else wanted to take him up on his offer, I'm sure he'd be grateful to hear from you.
FYS finally ended their 4-year drought. Shoot.
A very favorable--and winnable--regional. Go Blue!
and then get smoked again by Miami
No excuse for a CCHA team not to make Tampa from there. Too bad it's the CCHA's two least likable teams.
michigan state's senior class finally made it to the dance, but what is pretty incredible, they have yet to win a playoff game. 4 sweeps in a row in the CCHA playoffs.. How scary is it they could finish with a 4-8 record in playoff games and have a national championship...
Comparison, our seniors are 19-6 in playoff games heading into the tournament...and I just got sick thinking of the 3 tourney losses...
whoever said they don't know if they can handle another year of single elimination hockey was spot on! LET'S GO BLUE!!!!
Let the Barely-Less-Random-than-Plinko begin!!!
Just because Michigan isn't in that regional doesn't mean that it doesn't matter. Also it's Worcester, not Worchester. Yep, gonna be that guy.
"After Ann Arbor, every place else is Bridgeport"
What a shithole that town is. That is all.
wins the "Quien es mas macho?" competition (mas derecho? :) ... way to predict the bracket EXACTLY right.
I'd say you're like the Joe Lunardi of Brhocketology...but that wouldn't really be the compliment you deserve.
can you tell us who will WIN ALL THE GAMES TOO!??!!!
So I set that one up for you rather nicely...but I was meaning to ask you the winners of the other eleven games as well (and the last three UM opponents).
But perhaps you're saving all that good stuff for the Bracket Challenge.
OR maybe you could go behind a paywall like Lunardi for such things.
Except that that would be knowledge WORTH paying for. HEYO
How much do you reckon tickets will run?
I think it'll be $66 before fees if you purchase public tickets. Hopefully the university will have some for students at a slight discount. Who knows.
Hot creeper. I was going to try to get some at the door. Anybody ever go that route?
$68 is for both days, you can it single-day tix starting tomorrow for $38. Virtually no chance it will sell out, so spontaneous trips aren't a bad idea.
We lucked out from an attendance perspective. Ferris and Cornell might bring some fans, but Denver travels abominably for a WCHA team (it is, after all, a 2-day drive). Michigan is probably the "Big" draw and we'll be lucky to have more than 2k there.
heres the ncaa.com bracket. I always look forward to these.
It seems like each year it's possible to have an all-WCHA Frozen Four, but with 5 CCHA teams, they couldn't arrange for the all-CCHA possibility. Bracket integrity, attendance, yeah yeah, but still...
Have fun with that.
Not a good draw for them, but don't completely count them out. 4 seeds win sith some frequency now, and they'll actually have half the crowd on their side with all the Minnie fans rooting for them.
Maybe the same North Dakota fan that flipped Vaughn off last year will moon the WMU bus on the way out of there.
Vicious block at 0:49 on that second video! Gotta love those open field blocks
Edit: my bad, wrong topic, meant for the Hello: DeVeon Smith post.
Seems like Worcester is the easiest regional - randomness, single elimination, etc., but BC really shouldn't lose - Minny is the toughest, and Midwest and East are roughly similar. Both Miami and Ferris are capable of really good games, but neither has been great down the stretch.
Worcester is no picnic. UMD hasn't been playing their best hockey lately, but they are very good and a hypothetical BC-UMD matchup is a killer. Bridgeport is way, way easier. Each team has to believe they have a shot, simply because the teams are all so flawed. I would think Miami is the favorite there, but even MSU has a decent shot.