It's the real Selection Sunday! Tune in live to ESPNU at 12pm Eastern for the NCAA tournament selection show, where we'll find out BC's matchup for the NCAA OCTOFINALS as well as the rest of the bracket.
BC backed into the field this year with a disappointing exit from the Hockey East tournament at the hands of the Vermont Catamounts (who will not make the field) but still managed to pull the #11 spot in the Pairwise.
Just about every projection has BC staying east, either in Providence or Manchester. Perfect bracket integrity has the Eagles in Manchester, and it is extremely unlikely that the committee would swap the Eagles away from an eastern regional.
Jason Moy on USCHO puts up a bracketology each year and has been 100% correct just about every season. Here's what he's got:
Midwest Regional (South Bend, IN):
16 RIT vs. 1 Minnesota State
10 Minnesota vs. 8 Nebraska-Omaha
West Regional (Fargo, ND):
15 Providence vs. 2 North Dakota
12 St. Cloud State vs. 7 Michigan Tech
Northeast Regional (Manchester, NH):
14 Quinnipiac vs. 3 Boston University
11 Boston College vs. 6 Minnesota-Duluth
East Regional (Providence, RI):
13 Yale vs. 4 Miami
9 Harvard vs. 5 Denver
First thing's first: that is an extremely favorable bracket for BC. Duluth has struggled to finish the season, going 1-4-2 in their last 7 and 2-5-2 in their last 9, backing down from a solid 1 seed to a 2 seed.
Moy has a comment on the Eagles in his bracketology:
How about the fact that Boston College and Boston University are in the same regional? I think it’s a non-factor. They didn’t meet in the postseason this year. And it’s bracket integrity. I elect to keep that matchup.
Should that happen, the committee would look into sending the Eagles to Providence, but hopefully that's not the case as it would toughen BC's bracket considerably, putting BC into a likely matchup with Denver in the first round (no thanks).
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