So the selections are out and right off the bat, we found out that Michigan was going to Fort Wayne.
The immediate thought was, all that work trying to predict a bracket and the committee throws this curveball at us.
Once Michigan went to Fort Wayne, it only made sense what the other brackets were, and that’s what we got.
Let me give you what I think is the most logical explanation. Minimizing flights and attendance.
In the first band of seeds you had Miami, Denver, Wisconsin and Boston College. Based on the proximity of the regional sites, Denver is the only one that has to fly. Therefore, the choices of where the number one seeds was done. Denver would go to Albany because all the others would not need to fly.
Now you move to the second band of seeds in North Dakota, St. Cloud, Cornell and Bemidji State. Two of these teams have to fly. So the move for bracket integrity stayed in place. North Dakota to Worcester, St. Cloud to St. Paul, Cornell to Albany and Bemidji State to Fort Wayne.
Now you look at the third band. Yale, Northern Michigan, New Hampshire and Michigan. We can have all four of these teams drive and not fly anyone. Yale to Worcester to avoid Cornell, UNH then to Albany, Michigan to Fort Wayne and Northern Michigan to St. Paul.
And then the fourth band. Vermont, Alaska, RIT and Ala.-Huntsville. Alaska has to fly no matter what. And then one of Vermont and RIT can drive, but more on this later. UAH can drive and should get the overall number one. Thus, UAH goes to Fort Wayne.
Vermont or RIT has to stay east. Denver, being in the east as the overall number two, should draw the 15 seed. This is RIT. So Vermont goes to Worcester. But it can’t because BC is the number one seed there. Therefore, Vermont must fly.
And so, there’s our bracket.
And it just so happens that attendance is a boon.