Who to root against?
First of all, I’m 100% sure that we will finish the season in the top 16 in the Pairwise. I’m also about 99% sure that the only way that we get bumped out of the NCAAs is if there is an big upset winner in one of the conference tournaments.
The Atlantic Hockey and the WCHA are going to get one bid only, so they don’t matter.
The Big Ten is going to get three bids. Minnesota is a lock. As the second ranked B10 team, we are close to one. I don’t see any way that Ohio State and Wisconsin can both pass us. The scenario that I haven’t figured out is what happens if Michigan beats Wisconsin. I’m not sure if Wisconsin would wind up ahead of us in the Pairwise or not. The Michigan over Wisconsin scenario might mean Mich, Minn, and Wisconsin get bids (note: it could also mean that the Big Ten gets four bids with us being one of them).
So who are the upset potential upset winners that we should be rooting against.
Clarkson (root for them to lose to #11 Cornell today)
New Hampshire (root for them to lose to #8 UMass-Lowell today)
Omaha (root for them to lose to #4 W. Michigan today)
Today’s winner of Quinnipiac/St Lawrence (root for them to lose to #3 Harvard next Friday)
Boston College (root for them to lose to #6 BU next Friday).
Five teams to root against - and it could be down to two at the end of the day.