Sunday, March 18, 2012

The NCAA Hockey Tournament Field Is Set

As Zeb said in a comment on his Maine Black Bears post, the Black Bears play defending champion Minnesota-Duluth in their 1st Round game.  The other game in the Worcester bracket is #1 overall Boston College against Air Force.

In the St. Paul Region, possibly the hottest team in college hockey right now, the University of North Dakota is the #1 seed in the region.  They play the Western Michigan Broncos in the first round.  Minnesota and Boston University are the other teams in that region.

At Bridgeport, the Top seed of that region is Union.  They play Michigan State in the first round while Miami (OH) and Massachusetts-Lowell play in the other game of that region.

Finally at the Green Bay Regional, the #1 seed Michigan plays Cornell and Denver plays Ferris State in the other game of that region.

I figured that I would do predictions for this so I can be ridiculed as a homer for each time I pick UND to win.  And I can show how little that I know when it comes to predicting this tournament.

Worcester Bracket
#1 Boston College over Air Force
Maine over Minnesota-Duluth

#1 Boston College over Maine

St. Paul Region
#4 North Dakota over Western Michigan
 Minnesota over  Boston University

#4 North Dakota over Minnesota

Bridgeport Region
Michigan State over #3 Union
Miami (OH) over Mass.-Lowell

Miami (OH) over Michigan State

Green Bay Region
#2 Michigan over Cornell
Denver over Ferris State

Denver over #2 Michigan

Frozen Four
#1 Boston College over #4 North Dakota
Denver over Miami (OH)

Title Game
#1 Boston College over Denver


Zebster said...

BC is wicked deep, as shown in the conference final this weekend, even though Maine was without Spencer Abbott; but I think BC would rather not see Maine again.
Would love to see you do a post about the conference shakeups out west.

Brent said...

It might be a post coming up. Personally, I like it.

Zebster said...

Unfortunately, both of our schools took early exits. There's always next year. We could've met in the semi-finals, which would've been fun.

Brent said...

I am a bad WCHA fan. I am rooting for BC to demolish the Golden Gophers.

Zebster said...

You got your wish. Go BC!