CHN managing editor Adam Wodon posted a bracket projection here, and he breaks down how the process is supposed to go. So, we’ll direct you there to read his bracket and learn more on the process.
My bracket differs a little bit from Adam’s, but we agree on almost everything.
Here’s what I came up with:
1. Minnesota vs. 4. Providence
2. Boston University vs. 3. Penn State
1. Harvard vs. 13. Notre Dame
2. UMass Lowell vs. 3. Cornell
1. Denver vs. 4. Michigan Tech
2. Union vs. 3. North Dakota
1. Minnesota Duluth vs. 4. Ohio State
2. Western Michigan vs. 3. Air Force
The only thing we disagree on is what the committee will do with Providence and Manchester. Adam and I have the same Fargo and Cincinnati brackets. We both have BU-Penn State in Providence and we both have Lowell-Cornell in Manchester.
I have Minnesota-Providence in Providence and Harvard-Notre Dame in Manchester. Adam has it flipped.
I could certainly see them using Adam’s bracket. I flipped it here because I think the committee places a value on placing Providence in Providence. While I think that Harvard and BU could carry that region for attendance by themselves — and Penn State is only a little more than 400 miles away — I think the committee will want the security blanket of putting the Friars in the Providence regional. If they do, then it makes sense to put Harvard in Manchester with Lowell, in order to give that regional two “local” teams in order to draw attendance.