You're welcome, and thanks very much :)
Not to my knowledge, though I suppose the hockey gods might not have been fooled by my attempt to hex Duluth with my bad bracket juju.
I was so concerned about using my bad bracket juju for good that I didn't even think to fashion a Hunter Miska voodoo doll which would clearly have been more useful.
Hey, lots of love here. Call me superstitious if you want but I really do have the worst track record for brackets. (Sorry North Dakota and Western Michigan.) My only concern was the hockey gods would somehow know Duluth wasn't a sincere pick and my selection hex would backfire.
With a full, healthy roster I think Ohio State is a match for anybody. As the roster stands now, I don't know. In addition to the injuries/suspension we know about I suspect a few of the guys in the lineup are more banged up than they're letting on. I'd love to say there's a sprinkle of upset left but I wouldn't want to stake anything important on a Buckeye win.
I did my part though. I picked Duluth in my bracket, hoping my chronic inability to make correct selections might boost the Bucks into the next round.
After the results of last night's games the picture simplified for Ohio State. If Penn State and UMass-Lowell win tonight then the Buckeyes are in. If either Wisconsin or Boston College pulls off an upset then the Bucks are out.
Not as far as I know.
FYI, anyone who's interested can tinker with various conference tourney outcomes in USCHO's PairWise Predictor. It could still go either way for the Buckeyes but the scenarios are more good than bad. OSU fans need to keep a close eye on Denver. Besides Ohio State's, the Pioneers' results in the NCHC tourney seem to be the next biggest factor in whether the Bucks (who defeated Denver way back in the season opener) make a return to the NCAA tournament. Pioneer wins are good for OSU.
My pleasure. BTN will have full highlights eventually. I post that link once it's available.
Collegehockeystats.net is a good one for in game updates. I think the score sheet refreshes every minute or so.
Thank you for reading. I don't know of any plans to change the NCAA tourney format. FWIW I would personally support adding some more teams.
Because two spots are going to be taken by the Atlantic Hockey and WCHA tourney champs. Of the six teams still in contention for those titles only one, Air Force, Is currently in the top 16 of the PairWise. As it stands the Bucks would squeak in as long as there aren't major upsets in the other conference tourneys. A loss to poorly ranked MSU or even No. 18 Wisconsin will drop Ohio State out of that spot. Plus most of the teams just above and below the Bucks in the PWR are still active in their conference tournaments with a chance to better their positions.
I second TLB's assessment. If the Bucks make the Big Ten championship game they might be ok, win or lose.