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  • Anthony D

    perhaps it would be more “important” to beat TUC’s instead of “improtant” Can anybody on this site actually use spellcheck?

    • a$$hunter

      What an a$$. Does it really matter? Im sure your the only perfect person who has never misspelled anything, right?

      • Scott

        I agree with Anthony on this one. If you want to be a legitimate web site, then do a better job with things like this. Everyone does make mistakes, but you have editors for a reason and if you’re any good it shouldn’t be too difficult to catch a blatant spelling error in the title of your article.

        • B.D.

          ahhh, the IMPROTINENCE…..

      • StormJr

        Yes, it matters….it’s very, very improtant.

      • Anthony D

        “I’m sure your the only…” Clearly I don’t need to worry about you joining me in that elite category 😉 Also, I really don’t care THAT much about spelling, but if it’s going to the the second word of your title, which everybody on the site is going to see, you SHOULD get that correct. The latest Bracketology post had 2 blatant errors in it, one of which pretty much defeated the entire purpose of it in the 1st place.

        • Ke$ha

          Yo, Anthony D(umbass)!
          “if it’s going to the the second word of your title …”?
          Good job, buddy.

  • Anthony D

    Anyways, good article about the TUC’s. Hopefully BSU and SCSU take care of business this weekend, don’t really want to see SCSU slide that far down the PWRs

  • Jason

    Good article!

  • Guest

    Does anybody know why Yale is 1st in PWR yet they didn’t even win their own conference?

    • Looking at the individual comparisons, it boils down to two things: Yale has the best RPI of all TUCs and has a very strong record against TUCs (12-3-0). This gives them two points pretty much right off the bat against every other team. For a team to win the comparison they’d need to have a better record against common opponents and a one game advantage in head to head, which no one has.

      • Guest

        Thanks for they reply but I’m just curious because looking at the comparison UND v Yale. UND in 1st in RPI to 2nd in Yale. Yale has better win % in TUC but UND’s entire schedule has been against TUC which is 35 games compared to only 15 for Yale. Either way it doesn’t really matter too much since more than likely they both will be 1 seeds in the tournament anyway.

        • SiouxAlumDenver

          Yeah its a dumb system. UND loses the comparison simply based on percentage, and they lose the common opponent because they spilt with CC and Yale beat them. I would guess the NCAA might, and hopefully, sees the SOS for UND and puts them as the number one overall seed. But UND would still need to do well in the Final Five and not lose to a weak opponent.

          • Guest

            Regardless, Yale will play where they want to be. Over in Brideport or whatever that dumb uck town is over there!

        • Guest

          except number 1 overall should in theory give you the Atlantic Hockey champion as a first round opponent and as we all are aware, this will not be a TUC (i.e. one of the top 15 teams in the rankings) and could present a much easier opportunity to advance.

          • jason

            I believe TUC aren’t just the top 15…bemidji is still a TUC and they are t29.

  • Scott

    And doesn’t Pairwise also utilize head to head results? Kind of lazy writing which I guess shouldn’t come as a surprise with the WCHA bloggers.

  • Steveo

    Minnesota does this every year. They refuse to play any non conference road series against anybody. The only time they will play a contender on the national seen is if they do it for the money against other Big Ten opponents at a so called neutral site like the Xcel energy center or Target Center. They even pay off league teams like Mankato and St. Cloud to give up regular season home games to play at their preferred neutral site. Look up their schedules under this administration and they play 75% of their games, non-conference, regular season, and playoffs WCHA and NCAA right in the Twin Cities proper.

  • tom

    anybody have final five tickets for sale?

    • Scott

      Just wait for the delusional Gopher fans to unload them in a couple of weeks.

  • northdasotan

    The NCAA is not going to give the number one seed to the Sioux over Yale. The NCAA wants to see Yale succeed and does obviously does not like the SIOUX.

  • Duh!

    What? No picture of that class-act NoDak fan flipping off the Michigan player after the empty-netter?

    Sioux are OVER-RATED and the fans are CLASSLESS.

    • Jonny

      Living in NoDak and dealing with Sioux fans is awful. The weather is nothing compared to putting up with them.

      • Nodak Fan

        So move

    • USCHO policy doesn’t permit the use of that sort of image. That individual did the same thing on Winnett’s goal as well and certainly did not represent his team well.