The NCAA hockey tournament field is set, and now begins pretty much the longest week of the year waiting for the freakin' games to start. It already feels like it's been about a month since the bracket came out yesterday. If you're looking to kill time, sign up for our NCAA hockey bracket pool on Facebook here or via email here.
For the second consecutive year, BC has earned an at-large bid in the NCAA men's hockey tournament after bowing out of the Hockey East Tournament in underwhelming fashion. In the Northeast Region in Worcester, No. 1 Boston College will face Denver, a No. 4 seed and winners of the first NCHC Tournament, on Saturday.
Boston College, which has won four championships in the last 13 years, is back as a No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional. Minnesota is the top overall seed, and hosts the West Regional. Union and Wisconsin, winners of the ECAC and Big Ten tournament championships, respectively, are the other top seeds.
As we first reported in Saturday night's NCAA tournament bracket projection column, the Men's Ice Hockey Committee had it pretty easy this year. The straight 1-16 pairings that fell according to the Pairwise calculations, could be kept intact with little tinkering.
Boston College earned an at-large bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will play Denver on Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m. (EST) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles will be the No. 1 seed in the Northeast regional.
Arnold said the team has kept busy watching video and making improvements to the game plan.
"We've been practicing a lot,'' said Arnold. "In the last week, we've really focused on the things that kind of went wrong for our game - the [defensive] zone and forechecking and getting that stuff squared away. We've had some high-intensity skates. So we've been staying busy, making the most of our time.''
"Tough matchup. They're a very explosive offensive team and we're gong to have to make sure we continue to play with real good puck pressure and manage the ice like we have been in this last stretch," DU first-year coach Jim Montgomery said of the Eagles. "But we'll be mentally sound because of what we've been through in these last four games. The thought process has never been, 'This is an elimination game.' Our thought process is staying in the moment and focusing on what we have to execute to win."
After being unceremoniously dumped from the Hockey East tournament in the quarterfinal round, Boston College could get a shot at league champion UMass Lowell after all.
To most of the Seminole fanbase, basketball is a sport that only exists in the month of March. For obvious reasons it's an afterthought, shuttled behind football and baseball, the two gems of Florida State.
Why leave Harvard? Because there's a limit to what any basketball coach can do in the Ivy League and it looks like Amaker has reached that limit. He has made Harvard basketball relevant, but he's probably hit the ceiling...Obviously there's a lot of work to be done at Boston College and Donahue was unable to bring the Ivy Magic that got him to the Sweet 16 at Cornell . . . but BC is still in the Atlantic Coast Conference and can get NBA players (remember Sean Williams?) Harvard would not touch. A 48-year-old coach with ACC roots (Amaker went to Duke) who can take over at BC without having to move his family is going to be tempted.