2011 Frozen Four
March 21, 2011 by staff
2011 Frozen Four, The tournament bracket for the NCAA hockey was revealed on Sunday, and a ridiculous rule given above to a No. Seed and moved to a pair of No. Seeds, including defending national champion Boston University.
The -team field is comprised of five conference champions and 11 teams in general, which are determined by an objective mathematical formula, but a selection committee compiles the brackets.
It is not perfect, and the smaller field, it can be easy to find flaws in the process of planting. But the committee was handcuffed by a standard screwed senseless more than two teams should have an advantage because of their seeding priority.
The rule states that two teams from the same conference cannot play each other in the first round, unless the conference has at least five teams in the NCAA tournament. Therefore, start with that in mind and see where it goes from there.
New Hampshire is home to the Northeast Regional in Manchester, NH, which means the Wildcats were locked in that quadrant if they made the NCAA tournament. That was not a big problem for the University of New Hampshire, but his record of 4-5-2 since Feb. 11 led to fall to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA.
Then there is the University of Boston; it certainly was a number one seed (and third overall seed in the tournament) after sweeping the Hockey East regular season and postseason championships. The Eagles, who have won two of the last three national titles, have been one of the most consistent teams in the country’s dominant this season, and should have been introduced in Manchester to give a geographic advantage in terms of computer time travel and access to the fan base to the track. (And if you look at the support of men’s basketball, it is obvious that the NCAA places a high priority in the advantage that the two best ‘geographically accurate financial reasons.)
But BC could not go to Manchester and fourth-seeded Wildcats were shut and there. And Yale University was the tournament’s No. 1 seed in general, so it was placed in the East Regional in Bridgeport, Connecticut
The other two are regional in St. Louis and Green Bay. North Dakota, tournament No. 2 seed in general, was sent to Green Bay, which became Boston College in St. Louis. Miami, the No. 1 seed room, stayed in Manchester.
This also puts at a disadvantage because Miami has to play UNH on a pseudo-home game for the Wildcats. And again, it all starts with the rule prohibiting two teams from conferences of the meeting in the first round.
It is a nonsense rule that has just come into play before, but Sunday’s events proved that it could sabotage a full support. After all, there is no reason that a No. Seed can alter the fate of two No. s.
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