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The WCHA placed three teams in the final eight, both teams in the national championship game, and yet earned only three of 12 All-Americans. Is this “Eastern bias” in the voting?

I would say there is bias only insofar as the system tends towards proportional representation. One simple reason for this is that if each coach gets one vote, there are more votes for Eastern teams. Another is that there are simply more players in the East, and with few interregional games to distinguish East from West, so odds are more Eastern players will get votes.

Here is the breakdown of teams by conference (excluding independents):

ECAC: 12 (37.5%)

WCHA: 8 (25%)

Hockey East: 8 (25%)

CHA: 4 (12.5%)

And here is the breakdown of All-Americans:

ECAC: 5 (41.7%)

WCHA: 3 (25%)

Hockey East: 2 (16.7%)

CHA: 2 (16.7%)

Thus, the share of All-Americans did not differ much from the share of coaches in each conference. The only conference that had fewer All-Americans than its share of coaches was Hockey East, which was the weakest conference in the country by most statistical measures.

On the flip side, the WCHA was the strongest by any measure, and only got an equal share of All-Americans. Experience and name-recognition bias were surely major factors. The top three WCHA teams were younger and more balanced than they have been in the past. Such a combination has never led to success in individual award voting.

  • 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

          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.

  • 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.