Check out the PairWise rankings below. These rankings are used to simulate the selection process used by the NCAA to seed the tournament. So, as of now, the Tigers are fourth overall and if the tournament started today, would be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA West Regional at World Arena.
Miami jumped up to no. 2 after Northern Michigan upset Michigan State in the CCHA playoffs. Northern Michigan had fallen out as a "team under consideration" (A TUC is a team in the top 25 of the Ratings Percentage Index), but after the upset, rebounded to No. 23 in the PairWise. As a result, Miami once again had 10 TUC's, the necessary number required to have their record against TUC's considered.
Coach Scott Owens said Monday he believes the Tigers will finish between Nos. 2 and 5 in the PairWise.
Some things to note:
--Although CC doesn't need to worry about this, Colgate upset Clarkson, which is tied for ninth in the PairWise, in the ECAC playoffs. As a result, the ECAC's automatic bid will come from another ECAC school (Cornell, Harvard, Princeton or Colgate), meaning the bubble shrunk for Wisconsin and Minnesota State-Mankato, both of whom will be idle this weekend.
--With Niagara and Air Force's wins, the number of available spots shrinks to 13.
--If Vermont or Boston University should win the Hockey East tournament over New Hampshire or Boston College, the number of available spots goes to 12, meaning Minnesota
would make the tournament.
--If the whole PairWise thing makes your head hurt, head over to collegehockeynews.com and check out their PairWise primer.
PairWise Rankings (PWR)
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