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  • Mar 27, 2014 New Pairwise System Worked Well - by Adam Wodon
    A few days removed from the NCAA tournament selectionsm it's interesting to note how different it would've been under last year's Pairwise formula. This year, the Ice Hockey Committee removed ...
  • Mar 23, 2014 Committee Chair: 'Not Much Debate' on NCAA Tournament Seedings - by Adam Wodon
    As we first reported in Saturday night's NCAA tournament bracket projection column, the Men's Ice Hockey Committee had it pretty easy this year. The straight 1-16 pairings that fell according to ...
  • Mar 19, 2014 Bracket ABCs: Championship Weekend Edition - by Adam Wodon
    Hard to believe it's that time of year again. Time flies when you're having fun. Or getting old. This weekend, will be the last of what the NCAA considers "regular-season" games -- the ...
  • Oct 02, 2013 Embrace the Change - by Adam Wodon
    This is the season of big change, something we've been building towards for two years. And while most of us have mentally wrapped our heads around all the machinations which got us here, many practical ...
  • Mar 27, 2013 Mo' Money, Mo' Regionalization ... Now What? - by Adam Wodon
    In the aftermath of the committee's decision to maximize attendance to its fullest, it's worth thinking further about what this means for the future. The biggest question left is whether this ...
  • Mar 25, 2013 Inside the NCAA Tournament Brackets: Committee Goes Regional - by Adam Wodon
    The NCAA tournament selections are cut and dried. It follows a formulaic procedure everyone knows as the Pairwise. The task of the Men's Ice Hockey committee is to seed the teams. The order of the ...
  • Mar 03, 2013 The Pairwise ... Re-Revisited - by Adam Wodon
    So many people have asked me recently whether I think the Pairwise is a good system or not, and every time they do, I point them to the voluminous previous articles I've written on the topic. But ...
  • Mar 18, 2012 Bracket ABCs: Post-Selection Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    The numbers are still the numbers. That should be a comfort to many, especially for everyone trying to project a bracket by following the [[Pairwise]] all weekend leading up to Sunday's selections. As ...
  • Mar 17, 2012 Bracket ABCs: Final Projection - by Adam Wodon
    All of the games are done, and it's time for a final projection of this year's bracket. The official announcement will come at Noon (ET) on ESPN-U on Sunday. Our Live Pairwise Blog has an independent ...
  • Mar 20, 2011 Bracket Analysis: Picking Apart the Good and Bad - by Adam Wodon
    Now that the brackets are set for this year's NCAA Tournament ("hey, ESPN made only 11 gaffes on the Selection Show this year"), we can get to our next annual ritual -- picking the brackets ...
  • Mar 19, 2011 Bracket ABCs: Final Edition - by Adam Wodon
    When it was all said and done, all of the higher seeds won Saturday's games -- except Air Force in Atlantic Hockey, which was inconsequential in terms of figuring out the bracket. As a result, according ...
  • Mar 19, 2011 Bracket ABCs: Alternate View - by Mike Machnik
    When you get right down to it, seeding and bracketing the NCAA tournament for 2011 ends up to be a pretty easy task. This is a different take on the final numbers and was produced separately from any ...
  • Jan 18, 2011 Committee Tweaks Pairwise Criteria for 2011
    The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee has tweaked the [[Pairwise]] criteria, returning it to a previous state. The committee has reverted its definition of "Team Under Consideration" ...
  • Mar 22, 2010 Committee: Attendance, Not Travel Costs, Was Reason for Switches - by Adam Wodon
    NCAA men's ice hockey committee chair Bill Bellerose, the assistant athletic director at Holy Cross, said today that "creating a good experience" for student athletes was the No. 1 factor ...
  • Mar 21, 2010 CHN NCAA Tournament Bracket Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    So, if you read our final bracket projection last night, you'll see that we got all of the placements right -- except ALL the No. 3 seeds. (The 16 teams in the field were all right, of course, since ...
  • Mar 20, 2010 Bracket ABCs, Final Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    With the games complete, the field for the 16-team NCAA tournament is now set (see below). Michigan was the only team to upset the apple cart, so to speak, winning the CCHA tournament to qualify for its ...
  • Mar 21, 2009 NCAA Tournament Bracket ABCs (Final Pairwise Edition) - by Adam Wodon
    (NOTE: The final bracket is now in ... and CHN was very close to the mark. Here's our Instant Analysis, with more to come) The games are done, and it's time to delve into the annual ritual of handicapping ...
  • Dec 19, 2008 The Return of NCAA Regionalization - by Adam Wodon
    Unless something changes, the makeup of the NCAA tournament could be very different this March. But the six hockey conferences and the Men's Ice Hockey Committee are trying to make sure that doesn't happen. The ...
  • Jul 03, 2008 Committee Recommends Denying Sub-.500 Teams From NCAAs
    Reacting to last year's NCAA tournament selections, the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee is recommending that teams must compile a record of .500 or above in the regular season to be considered for ...
  • Mar 24, 2008 Out of the Box, Part I: Another Look at NCAA Selections - by Adam Wodon
    Two aspects of the NCAA tournament selections and seeding remain controversial. We touched upon it in our analysis articles leading up to the selections, and right after, but they are worth addressing ...
  • Mar 24, 2008 Part II: Out of the Box: Another Look at NCAA Selections - by Adam Wodon
    Now that we've thrown some [[/news/2008/03/24_outof.php]]mild (friendly) criticism[\] at the committee with our Wisconsin-Minnesota State analysis, let's throw some steadfast support at the committee. Colleague ...
  • Mar 22, 2008 Bubble Teams Hanging on the TUC Cliff - by Adam Wodon
    The TUC Cliff is rearing its ugly head today, in a bad way. And it's indicative of the major thing that's wrong with the [[Pairwise]] system. (Thanks to some alert readers for pointing some of this ...
  • Mar 22, 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket ABCs: Final Saturday Update - by Adam Wodon
    As we sit and wait for Saturday's games, here's a final analysis of how things are shaking down. As Microsoft likes to say, you can call this a "maintenance release," that builds upon our previous analysis ...
  • Mar 22, 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket ABCs: Final Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    So here we are. We've spent a long weekend together, figuring out our future, and now we need to decide which bracket to marry. It's like hockey's version of Rock of Love. Funny, but a team that didn't ...
  • Mar 05, 2008 Not So Fast ... Or, How to Mess With Brackets Without Really Trying - by Adam Wodon
    The Internet was abuzz Tuesday as word began to spread that the latest revision to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships Handbook contained a new provision. Now, there have been a lot of ...
  • Jan 22, 2008 Beware the TUC Rule - by Adam Wodon
    The Pairwise Comparison Ratings are about to have a major jolt, thanks to its arcane machinations, and something known as the Teams Under Consideration Criterion. And Michigan State and Boston College ...
  • Jul 12, 2007 Bonus Scrapped: Committee Tweaks Selection Criteria Again
    It's happening a year too late for Denver, but the committee is making changes again. The NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Committee has voted to do away with the RPI "bonus" that has been in place the last two ...
  • Mar 18, 2007 Final 2007 Bracket Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    Selection Sunday came with very few surprises once again, which annoys a minority of people who like suspense, but is otherwise universally accepted by college hockey fans as a tradeoff for having a reasonably ...
  • Jan 16, 2007 Pairwise and KRACH
    The chart of Pairwise Comparison wins -- which is the objective-based system used by the NCAA to determine the at-large bids for the NCAA tournament -- is published for this season by College Hockey News ...
  • Sep 04, 2006 Committee Implements Tweaks to RPI, Selection Criteria - by Adam Wodon
    The Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee has implemented a new round of "tweaks" to the NCAA tournament selection process, intended to alleviate some of the built-in inequities. In particular, the ...
  • Mar 19, 2006 Bracket ABCs: The Final Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    Saturday night, the field came into shape pretty easily. In recent years, since the advent of the 16-team field, the committee has gone straight by the Pairwise to select the field, without any consideration ...
  • Mar 18, 2006 NCAA Bracket ABCs: Live - by Adam Wodon
    Bentley's Cinderella run is over, and everyone from New Hampshire and Maine, the NCAA Committee chair Marty Scarano is breathing a huge sigh of relief. St. Cloud State can still bump Maine out, but ...
  • Feb 07, 2006 The Finer Things - by Adam Wodon
    In watching the Super Bowl, something struck me. And it wasn't a Terrible Towel. Nowadays in the NFL, it seems the referees have a much harder job. Was the elbow down before the ball came out? Did the ...
  • Mar 23, 2005 Can Of Worms - by Adam Wodon
    Why did the committee use non-sensical rationale for flipping Denver and Colorado College's seeds for this year's NCAA tournament? I don't know. But first let's answer a more fundamental question. Why ...
  • Mar 17, 2005 We've Got to Wiggle It, Just a Little Bit - by Adam Wodon
    With two years of the 16-team field under our belt, we are better able to project some of the pitfalls the committee faces as we approach Selection Sunday (11 a.m. ET, ESPN2). But first, a little philosophy ...
  • Mar 17, 2005 Let's Get KRACH-ing - by Adam Wodon
    A name as goofy as KRACH deserves bad, tasteless puns in the headlines. But now we get serious ... We've said time and again that, if you want to adhere closely to numbers as a way to select and seed ...
  • Feb 25, 2005 Between the Lines: Feb. 25, 2005 - by Adam Wodon
    The surest sign that there's six more weeks of winter is not when the groundhog comes out of the ground and sees his shadow, it's when the Pairwise ignorant start coming out of the woodwork to ...
  • Apr 18, 2004 The Last Change
    The college hockey community has, by and large, embraced a purely objective-based system for selecting the field for the NCAA tournament. Fans like it, coaches like it, we like it. Why? Well, all ...
  • Mar 23, 2004 Between the Lines: Selection Edition - by Adam Wodon
    Could it be that we actually have nothing to complain about in the NCAA tournament selection and seeding process? With the way the PairWise numbers broke, it made it very simple for the committee to ...
  • Sep 28, 2003 NCAA Committee Tweaks RPI Again - by Adam Wodon
    The Division I men's ice hockey committee has again tweaked its process for NCAA tournament selection, allowing for the alteration of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), a component of the comparison process ...
  • Mar 24, 2003 What Should've Been Said on the Selection Show ... - by Adam Wodon
    The Division I men's ice hockey committee made some changes to the selection process this year, both in the criteria used to compare teams, and the methodology used in selecting and placing them. Using ...
  • Mar 24, 2003 A Closer Look - by Adam Wodon
    When Ian McCaw says that the NCAA committee went 100 percent strictly by the numbers, he is being completely 100 percent genuine. And the evidence is right in front of our eyes. In fact, the committee ...
  • Mar 17, 2003 Many Questions, Answers On Eve of Tourney - by Adam Wodon
    The NCAA and the Division I men's ice hockey committee discussed the upcoming NCAA tournament, clarified some lingering issues, and exulted the current state of college hockey during a scheduled media ...
  • Feb 27, 2003 No More Gimmicks ... - by Adam Wodon
    The news came out Wednesday that the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey committee will have a new criteria in its arsenal when it selects and seeds the 2003 NCAA tournament. Word of an award for "good wins" ...
  • Jun 09, 2002 Between the Lines: Postseason Edition - by Adam Wodon
    The Raves When Minnesota scored in the final minute of regulation in the NCAA final, sending the game to overtime, my eyes welled up with tears. They were not tears of sadness over Maine's plight, nor ...
  • Mar 18, 2002 Reaction: NCAA Tournament Pairings - by Adam Wodon
    For the first time since the inception of the 12-team bracket in 1988, the Division I NCAA tournament has a strict regionalized arrangement. Years ago, college hockey put in a series of bracketing rules ...
  • Mar 21, 2001 Between the Lines: Selection Analysis - by Adam Wodon
    It seems as though a lot of lollipops were in order. For the first time in memory, no newspaper writers or coaches ignorantly tore into the NCAA tournament selection process. According to the last BTL ...
  • Mar 22, 2000 Between the Lines: Tournament Special - by Adam Wodon
    Once again this year, the NCAA used an objective selection process (the decision regarding Niagara notwithstanding) to pick the national tournament field. And once again, the Pairwise correctly predicted ...
  • Mar 20, 1997 Understanding The Process - by Adam Wodon
    Over 100 letters have already passed through the desk of St. Lawrence coach Joe Marsh. And in various ways, they all say the same thing: how lousy a job Marsh did as chairman of the NCAA Division I men's ...

 

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