I gave the edge in that quarter of my bracket to Boston College but I'm usually rubbish at tournament picks so Providence should be looking good lol.
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An odd numbered conference isn't ideal so I do think the Big Ten will be looking to add another team.
Arizona State is a popular rumor but I don't think that's the conference's preference. The way I see it, the Big Ten has been fairly careful to cultivate an elite brand and adding a newly minted D-I doesn't further that cause. I expect it's more likely the B1G hopes the addition of Notre Dame will pave the way to poach one of the better programs from the WCHA or NCHC. Miami is certainly an attractive prospect.
I think the possibility that a current Big Ten school makes the jump to D-I hockey is least likely. It has been repeatedly emphasized that no school is prepared to make that transition.
Not yet but I'm guessing the Big Ten wants another team. I'm also guessing they'd like to lure one of the better programs away from the WCHA or NCHC.
I think the Bucks have steadily improved throughout the season. It was hard to see sometimes because the results just weren't there (which was probably partially related to OSU's insanely difficult schedule).
As for scholarships College Hockey Inc has a pretty good basic explanation here. I'm not sure how the Buckeyes divide theirs but basically they start with the same 18 scholarships any other Big Ten team does.
It's not always their strategy (or at it isn't always apparent that's what they're going for) but it was very clear that was the plan tonight. I'm guessing the idea was the physicality would bust some holes in the usually solid MSU defense. Fortunately the Spartans' offense is not that great and the Bucks rallied.
The hockey team actually did pretty well against the Spartans this year. Tonight's win brings the Buckeyes' season record to 3-1-1 vs Michigan State.
Neat stat! Adds an extra shine to an impressive win.
Ohio State's official Big Ten record vs Michigan is 1-1-1-1, in other words a regulation win, a regulation loss, and one tie with a shootout win. This is slightly better than the Wolverines' 1-1-1-0, a regulation win, a regulation loss, and one tie with a shootout loss. But according to the NCAA (which does not recognize shootouts) the teams are an equal 1-1-1 vs each other.
Aha! Ask and you shall receive.
With the game being at Michigan I'm not sure about highlights. I'll keep an eye out and update the article if I find any.