ND won more than one of its last seven games.
The women's bracket is only eight teams. And yes, the Buckeye men get the winner of Wisconsin-PSU. (Fingers crossed for a Badger team the Bucks actually swept this season, 4-0.)
It wasn't a great record. Technically the Bucks were near the average number of wins (14) for a Big Ten champ, but they are the first B1G winner to finish with double digit losses. They actually had a better record last season (14-8 and change) and finished second to Notre Dame (17-6 and change).
The men are solidly in. The internet seems to think that as long as the women sweep Minny St this week and upset Wisconsin next week then they'll be in regardless of whether they actually win the championship game. I'm not sure I believe their math. I think the women need to win it all and nab the tourney champ's autobid.
I wouldn't think so. BTN usually won't cover a game unless it features two Big Ten teams and it's my understanding that FloHockey's streaming service has exclusive rights to the semis/final.
According to Ticketmaster the B1G semifinal will be played in the Schott on Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Not sure but Nationwide might be available the following weekend for the championship game should the need arise.