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Conference Tournaments

First off, credit to College Hockey News for their You Are the Committee application. There's about a million different possibilities for what the NCAA tournament field will look like, and you can figure them all out there.

For more, CHN also has their weekly Tournament ABCs column.

Here's a little more on each of the tournaments.


Michigan: Winning the tournament should make them the number one overall seed in the tournament, and probably send them to Madison. The good news is that it looks like Wisconsin is out of the tournament at this point, meaning their first round opponent would likely be an autobid, rather than the hometown Badgers. Even if the Wolverines lost both games, I think the farthest they could fall would be 5th overall.

Miami: Pretty much the same as Michigan. They're in first if they win the tournament, and could fall to 5th if everything goes against them this weekend.

Notre Dame: The Irish need at least one win to make sure they're in the tournament.

Northern Michigan: The Wildcats always seem to be at Joe Louis, even when they haven't had the best year. They need to win the tournament to make the NCAAs. If the Wildcats win either of their games, they will remain a TUC. That could make a difference because they will win their comparison against Minnesota State should they stay a TUC, a comparison which could be critical for the Mavericks.


Colorado College: The Final Five doesn't matter much for them. If they win the tournament, they'll likely be a one seed, playing second seed North Dakota. If they lose both games, they'd likely be a two-seed playing first seed North Dakota. Either way, they're playing on their home ice. Last change would be nice, and their white jerseys are spiffy, but I don't think it would be a huge deal.

North Dakota: Could move up to third overall if they win the Final Five. Otherwise, I think they'll probably finish in fourth.

Denver: I think they're locked into 6th place, unless St. Cloud really goes on a tear.

St. Cloud: Everyone can go wrong for the Huskies and they'll still make the NCAA tournament. They can move up to 6th if they win the tournament. I think they'll probably end up in the 7th or 8th overall slot.

Minnesota: Their spot in the NCAA tournament isn't quite guaranteed yet. Losing the play-in game, or losing the semifinal and consolation game would put them slightly behind Minnesota State and at the whim of other tournaments. It could set up a potential scenario like with the women's tournament, where MSU wins the comparison thanks to slight edge in RPI, but Minnesota won the season series 4-1.

Waiting at Home

Minnesota State: The Mavericks destiny is out of their own hands, but they are in decent shape, unless a number of things go against them.

Wisconsin: The Badgers are in a much worse position. They need Notre Dame to lose both games, and no other upsets in conference tournaments to have a shot at the field.