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Who are you rooting for to win the tournament? Lowell, Air Force, Harvard and Providence top the BCI straw poll

2013 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships - Semifinals Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The NCAA Hockey tournament starts this afternoon at 3, and for just the second time in the last 20 seasons, Boston College is on the sidelines. Major bummer. However, this should still be an intriguing tournament, with lots of local interest. Who are BCIers (and BCI special guest @adamar108) bandwagonning in the tournament?

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UMass Lowell was the winner of our bandwagon poll, the favored choice of 4 of 6 panelists. The other two first place votes, from Joe and Laura, went to Harvard - but since Grant has Yale leanings and Favat looks down upon Harvard from his Stanford throne, their low rankings tanked Harvard to 3rd in the final tally.

Pretty much everyone here likes Air Force, Providence and Denver. The Gifford Cats picked Michigan Tech to go all the way in their bracket, boosting them up our likeability rankings. Then after that there's a whole bunch of middle-of-the-road opinions on most of the rest of the field... until you get to the bottom four, North Dakota, Penn State, Notre Dame and BU, who are universally reviled.

Joe Adam Laura Grant Arthur Brian AVG
#1 Lowell 2 1 5 1 1 1 1.83
#2 Air Force 3 2 4 2 3 4 3.00
#3 Harvard 1 3 1 12 2 10 4.83
#4 Providence 5 4 9 4 5 2 4.83
#5 Denver 4 9 2 5 4 7 5.17
#6 Mich Tech 6 6 3 6 7 9 6.17
#7 Union 7 7 8 7 6 5 6.67
#8 Cornell 9 10 10 3 8 3 7.17
#9 Western Mich 10 5 6 8 10 8 7.83
#10 Duluth 8 11 11 10 9 6 9.17
#11 Ohio State 12 8 7 9 12 11 9.83
#12 Minnesota 11 12 12 11 11 12 11.5
#13 NoDakota 13 14 13 14 13 13 13.3
#14 Penn State 16 13 14 13 16 14 14.3
#15 Notre Dame 14 15 16 15 14 15 14.83
#16 BU 15 16 15 16 15 16 15.5


Who are you rooting for to get to the Frozen Four?