Week 2 of Bracketology for 2011 stresses thinking outside the box. While the Pairwise has been pretty stagnant for awhile, there are some opportunities for teams on the 2 line to move up and some teams from outside of the current NCAA field who can sneak in with good playoff weekends.
A reminder of procedures: my bracket below is how I believe the field will look when it is announced, not how it would look if the season ended today.
Conference tournament champs get an automatic bid (obviously).
Teams who host a regional must be slotted into their host region if they make the field.
This year’s hosts are:
Midwest: Michigan Tech
Northeast: New Hampshire
This week’s bracket under the jump:
1. Boston College
3. New Hampshire
1. North Dakota
3. Notre Dame
This one actually took a little mental gymnastics to do. New Hampshire falling to a four seed would really mess up the bracket because it would force Boston College out west, but for now I think they’ll have enough to hang on given that they should be able to flip their comparison with RPI given their games over TUC and common opponents remaining.
Also I actually had Minnesota in in the first draft of this bracket, and think they have a decent shot to get in because I think they could flip their BU comparison and Dartmouth comparisons just by winning their WCHA playoff series, and then it comes down to whomever has a better championship weekend.
My projected Frozen Four this week: Miami, Boston College, North Dakota, Denver
last week’s projected Frozen Four: same