As five conference playoff champions are determined this weekend, for automatic bids to the 2013 Division I tournament, seven schools are already in the 16-team field according to computations made by Jim Dahl of Sioux Sports.com.
Dahl notes that Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Miami of Ohio, Boston College, Massachusetts-Lowell, North Dakota and New Hampshire are assured of spots. His post is right here.
That means North Dakota will be in the NCAA tournament for an 11th straight year. Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has a story here.
Minnesota State-Mankato, also a likely entry, along with St. Cloud State and Denver, faces bubble team Wisconsin in Thursday’s WCHA Final Five quarterfinals at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press looks at Mankato’s first Final Five appearance in 10 years in a story here.
Nebraska-Omaha junior defenseman Andrej Sustr of the Czech Republic is believed to be leaving school to test the NHL free-agent market according to ESPNNewYork.com in a post here.
The INCH Writers provide a projected look at NCAA regional match ups which will be released Sunday. The INCH’s guess at the pairings is here.