but the obvious point is, who would most fans prefer to see for a weekend at Compton. Maine, or Michigan State? And I'm not cherry picking teams based on record. I'd rather see ND/Michigan than ND/UMass-Lowell, even though UML is the better team.
Most people would rather have a Diet Coke than a Meijer brand diet cola. Just the way it is.
And, by the way, I've been watching hockey "forever." Could probably name 6 or so players from all the Dynasty NHL teams since the mid-70's.