NCAA Bracket Information Coming

     The Duluth News Tribune will be at the DECC Sunday morning to get Minnesota Duluth reactions to the NCAA    Division I hockey tournament pairings to be announced on a Selection Show at 10:30 a.m. on ESPN2. We’ll be talking with the Bulldogs and gathering information the old fashioned way, with a pen and notebook, and likely our first electronic posting won’t be until about noon or 12:05 p.m., or later. For those seeking immediate backet info, that should be available sooner at the major college Web sites:

U.S. College Hockey Online

College Hockey News

Inside College Hockey

    BEFORE THE OFFICIAL BRACKETS are avaialble from the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee, bracket projections began in Sunday’s wee small hours, including College Hockey News. It is being PROJECTED that UMD is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will face No. 3 seed Cornell in Saturday’s region semifinal, while Notre Dame takes on Bemidji State in the other semifinal. U.S. College Hockey Online also projects a UMD vs. Cornell meeting, but in the West Regional in Minneapolis on Friday.

      REMEMBER, these are ONLY PROJECTIONS in advance of the official pairings, and are for enjoyment purposes only at this time. Also, below the projections are the final PairWise Rankings, with UMD tied for sixth (in essence seventh). The Bulldogs were already in the tournament, but gained an automatic berth with a victory in the WCHA Final Five title game, 4-0 vs. Denver. In the College Hockey News projection, the three WCHA entrants (UMD, Denver and North Dakota are in different regions). The U.S. College Hockey Online projections are also listed below with, surprise, UMD vs. Cornell, but in the West Regional in Minneapolis.

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS PROJECTIONS

Midwest Regional, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Saturday’s Semifinal Games, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. CDT
1. Notre Dame (2) vs. 4. Bemidji State (16)
2. Minnesota Duluth (7) vs. 3. Cornell (11)

Northeast Regional, Manchester, N.H.

Saturday’s Semifinal Games, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT
1. Boston University (1) vs. 4. Ohio State (15)
2. North Dakota (8) vs. 3. New Hampshire (10)

East Regional, Bridgeport, Conn.

Friday’s Semifinal Games, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CDT
1. Michigan (4) vs. 4. Air Force (14)
2. Yale (5) vs. 3. Vermont (9)

West Regional, Minneapolis

Friday’s Semifinal Games, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CDT
1. Denver (3) vs. 4. Miami (13)
2. Northeastern (6) vs. 3. Princeton (12)

U.S. COLLEGE HOCKEY ONLINE PROJECTIONS

West Regional, Minneapolis (Mariucci Arena)
Miami vs. Denver
Cornell vs. Minnesota Duluth

Midwest Regional, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Bemidji State vs. Notre Dame
Princeton vs. Northeastern

East Regional, Bridgeport, Conn.
Air Force vs. Michigan
Vermont vs. Yale

Northeast Regional, Manchester, N.H.
Ohio State vs. Boston University
New Hampshire vs. North Dakota

Conference Breakdown

Hockey East – 4
CCHA – 4
WCHA – 3
ECAC – 3
CHA – 1
AHA – 1

Moved In, Ohio State

Moved Out, Minnesota

2009 FINAL PAIRWISE RANKINGS

1. Boston University

2. Notre Dame

3. Denver

4. Michigan

5. Yale

6. Northeastern

7. Minnesota Duluth

8. North Dakota

9. Vermont

10. New Hampshire

11. Cornell

12. Princeton

13. Miami of Ohio

14. Air Force

15. Ohio State

16. Bemidji State

One thought on “NCAA Bracket Information Coming

  1. I’m certainly not “in the know”, but before these games southern folks thought the rodents would get an “at large” bid because the western regional is in the Twin Cities, and the gophies would help draw a crowd. Now that the gophies have likely been eliminated, Kevin, why not put the ‘dogs in there? They would draw a large crowd, I would think.

    Now, I realize, that Denver has a #1 seen but if the NCAA is trying to sell tix, I would think UMD is a natural in the Twin Cities.

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