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NCAA Hockey Bracketology: Week 3

Wisconsin moves up one spot in the Pairwise rankings this week from No. 57 to No. 56.

Harvard is in the top spot this week, earning the No. 1 overall seed with 10-1-2 record.
Harvard is in the top spot this week, earning the No. 1 overall seed with 10-1-2 record.
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Step 1: Pick the 16 tournament teams

1. Harvard
2. Minnesota State
3. Minnesota Duluth
4. Miami
5. Bowling Green
6. Nebraska Omaha
7. Boston University
8. North Dakota
9. UMass-Lowell
10. Minnesota
11. Providence
12. Vermont
13. Michigan Tech
14. Yale
15. Denver
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16. Merrimack
-- Robert Morris (Atlantic Hockey winner)

Bubble teams (in order): Quinnipiac, Colgate, Boston College, Alaska, Michigan.

Just like in our first installment, Atlantic Hockey doesn't have a team in the top 16 of the PairWise. That means the 16th team is taken out, and the Atlantic Hockey winner is put into the tournament.

Step 2: Assign the seeds

No. 1 seeds: Harvard, Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth, Miami
No. 2 seeds: Bowling Green, Nebraska Omaha, Boston U, North Dakota
No. 3 seeds: Lowell, Minnesota, Providence, Vermont
No. 4 seeds: Michigan Tech, Yale, Denver, Robert Morris

Step 3: Place host schools in regionals

The only host school in the tournament at this point is North Dakota. UND is hosting the West Regional in Fargo.

Step 4: Place No. 1 seeds in regionals

Top seeds are placed based on proximity to regional site.

No. 1 overall seed Harvard is the top seed in the East.
No. 2 overall seed Minnesota State is the top seed in the West.
No. 3 overall seed Minnesota Duluth is the top seed in the Midwest.
No. 4 overall seed Miami is the top seed in the Northeast.

Step 5: Place the other 12 teams avoiding intra-conference matchups, if possible.

Begin by filling each bracket by banding groups. Remember that teams are not assigned to the regional closest to their campus sites by ranking order within the banding.

If this is the case, then the committee should seed so that the quarterfinals are seeded such that the four regional championships are played by No. 1 v. No. 8, No. 2 v. No. 7, No. 3 v. No. 6 and No. 4 v. No. 5.

No. 2 seeds:

No. 5 Bowling Green is placed in No. 4 Miami's region, the Northeast.
No. 6 UNO is placed in No. 3 UMD's region, the Midwest.
No. 7 Boston University is placed in No. 1 Harvard's region, the East.
No. 8 North Dakota is a host, and is placed in the West.

No. 3 seeds:

No. 9 Lowell is placed in No. 7 Boston University's region, the East.
No. 10 Minnesota is placed in No. 8 North Dakota's region, the West.
No. 11 Providence is placed in No. 6 UNO's region, the Midwest.
No. 12 Vermont is placed in No. 5 Bowling Green's region, the Northeast.

No. 4 seeds:

No. 13 Michigan Tech is placed in No. 4 Miami's region, the Northeast.
No. 14 Yale is placed in No. 3 UMD's region, the Midwest.
No. 15 Denver is placed in No. 2 Minnesota State's region, the West.
No. 16 Robert Morris is placed in No. 1 Harvard's region, the East.

Our bracket as we have it set up:

East (Providence, Rhode Island)

No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 16 Robert Morris
No. 7 Boston University vs. No. 9 UMass-Lowell

West (Fargo, North Dakota)

No. 2 Minnesota State vs. No. 15 Denver
No. 8 North Dakota vs. No. 10 Minnesota

Midwest (South Bend, Indiana)

No. 3 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 14 Yale
No. 6 Nebraska Omaha vs. No. 11 Providence

Northeast (Manchester, New Hampshire)

No. 4 Miami vs. No. 13 Michigan Tech
No. 5 Bowling Green vs. No. 12 Vermont

Our first concern is to avoid intra-conference matchups in the first round. This week we have one, Boston University and UMass-Lowell. The only switch we can make is flipping Minnesota and Lowell, since North Dakota is a host school. This also balances things, as it gives us a matchup of No. 7 vs. No 10, and No. 8 vs. No. 9.

Is there anything that we can change right now to make the tournament better for attendance? Not that I would change.

Our final bracket this week:

East (Providence, Rhode Island)

No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 16 Robert Morris
No. 7 Boston University vs. No. 10 Minnesota

West (Fargo, North Dakota)

No. 2 Minnesota State vs. No. 15 Denver
No. 8 North Dakota vs. No. 9 UMass-Lowell

Midwest (South Bend, Indiana)

No. 3 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 14 Yale
No. 6 Nebraska Omaha vs. No. 11 Providence

Northeast (Manchester, New Hampshire)

No. 4 Miami vs. No. 13 Michigan Tech
No. 5 Bowling Green vs. No. 12 Vermont

That's our bracket for this week.

Week-by-week Wisconsin tournament tracker:

Week 1: Tied for No. 57 in the PairWise.
Week 2: Sole possession of No. 57 in the PairWise.
Week 3: Up one spot to No. 56 in the PairWise.

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