or will they send them elsewhere. For the 2 seed, if Miami goes elsewhere, then that means BC to Toledo as the 2 seed and probably Union as the 3 Seed.
Would they not want to put both CCHA teams in the same Regional if the CCHA has only 2 teams...or does PWR integrity override that consideration.
Just as long as we stay away from Grand Rapids as the #1 seed...bad juju...I'll be happy.
And the NCAA has seemed to place a fairly high value on bracket integrity in recent years.
The only alternative I could see is leaving Miami in Toledo and putting ND in Grand Rapids. That might be better for attendance, but the NCAA hasn't fallen all over themselves to fix attendance issues. They'll take low-hanging fruit, but I don't recall them really shaking up the bracket for it.
According to Wodon, attendance played a part in what they were thinking this time around:
Just got off the phone with Committee chair Tom Nevala ... attendance factors far outweight strict seeding, he acknowledges ... more to come— Adam Wodon (@CHN_AdamWodon) March 25, 2013
For all of that, though, the only change that was made completely gratuitously was swapping Union and MSU-M. What they did about putting UNH into Manchester was by choice, but it worked in favor of both improved attendance and reduced travel (which, one thinks, has to be a consideration as it can't be cheap for the NCAA to pay for a hockey team and party to fly).
To get from the natural bracket to the actual one:
Swap 9 Denver with 10 Niagara to avoid a first-round intra-WCHA matchup between UND and Denver
Swap 11 MSU-M with 12 Union presumably for travel reasons
Rotate the BC, UNH, and UND pairings to put UNH in Manchester (as required) and BC in Providence (as favored for attendance and travel reasons).
Past visits. Toledo is ok if we can get a feed....
There is no concern about splitting up conference bids, other than that they should not meet in the first round. Miami and ND from the CCHA may well end up in the same region; as could Yale and Union from the ECAC, though that's less likely.