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With Tuesday’s Providence win over Boston University, the Terriers drop to fifth in the PWR.  BU’s RPI went from .6033 to .5879.  Good enough in the PairWise world to lose four comparisons.  The comparison with Cornell goes from a 1-1 tie to a 2-0 Cornell win because of RPI, this is also the case with Notre Dame, from 3-2 in favor of BU over Vermont to 3-2 in favor of Vermont because of RPI, and from 3-1 over Northeastern to a 2-2 tie, with the tie broken by the RPI. 

The old adage remains the same — beat the teams below you in the rankings.

So what does that do to our bracket?  It mixes it up quite a bit.  It actually made things a little easier in terms of putting teams into brackets.

West Regional (Minneapolis)

15 Maine vs. 2 Vermont

10 Minnesota vs. 8 Princeton

Midwest Regional (Grand Rapids)

14 Air Force vs. 3 Notre Dame

11 Boston College vs. 6 Michigan

Northeast Regional (Manchester)

13 New Hampshire vs. 4 Northeastern

12 Ohio State vs. 5 Boston University

East Regional (Bridgeport)

16 Niagara vs. 1 Cornell

9 Miami vs. 7 Denver

It’s a little fuzzy here on the switching of teams.  I only made one change, Denver and Princeton to avoid the Minnesota-Denver matchup.  This change was simple.  The other possible ones, not so simple.

I did not make the other two changes which could have been made to avoid all-Hockey East matchups.  Why?  I went with bracket integrity and the five-team rule for teams from the same conference.  I also went with the protection of the number one overall seed.  Those are my reasons and I’m sticking to it.  Besides, there’s still plenty of games to go and things will change.  The lesson here is that it is quite possible that the committee will think this way as well.  But one just does not know. 

How about a geographic bracket?

West Regional (Minneapolis)

14 Air Force vs. 2 Vermont

10 Minnesota vs. 7 Denver

Midwest Regional (Grand Rapids)

12 Ohio State vs. 6 Michigan

15 Maine vs. 3 Notre Dame

East Regional (Bridgeport)

16 Niagara vs. 1 Cornell

9 Miami vs. 8 Princeton

Northeast Regional (Manchester)

13 New Hampshire vs. 4 Northeastern

11 Boston College vs. 5 Boston University

Yup, you see it correctly.

  • Guest

    This team, as of today, has already met the high expectations many of us had for them entering the season. We knew entering this season that half the roster was comprised of Freshmen and that getting as far as the semi’s would be a success. What we didn’t know is the absolute roller coaster it would take to get here. Now they’ve got this proud alumni wondering just how far they can take it…

  • “That said, the nervous closing seconds kept the Terriers from ever really being able to celebrate until the buzzer went off.”

    Huskies. Kept the Huskies from ever really being able to celebrate. I realize they’re both dogs, and writing these things gets tiresome after awhile, and BU always tends to win… but the one time they don’t it’d be great if the other team gets credit for the win :)

    • Jim Connelly

      Going to fix that. Thanks! Getting those two dogs straight was a challenge the whole weekend! Thanks for pointing out.

  • John

    Jim, do you know what happened at the end of the game? I was there but I missed the initial problem, I just saw Parker enraged and the teams being separated. Someone said that Cronin was in the face of one of the BU players and there was shoving. I know it’s academic but I really wonder what went on and whether any disciplinary actions will be taken as a result.

  • Guest

    Per Northeastern’s student paper: After the game, there was some confusion when the officiating crew directed the Northeastern players into the locker room before shaking hands with the BU players, who were waiting at center-ice.
    This all according to Cronin: His team was told to leave the ice immediately following the final whistle. While Cronin was sorting it out with the officials, BU’s Adam Clendening skated over and told him to “shut-up.” Cronin grabbed Clendening’s arm (which Parker wasn’t happy about after the game) and explained to Clendening that it wasn’t his decision to leave the ice without shaking hands.
    “It’s too bad [it ended like that] because both teams fought hard,” Parker said. “That was a great series.”