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Bracketology: The end is nigh

A few hours away from the bracket being announced, we take a look at the possibilities.

Northeastern challenges Boston College trying to return to the NCAA tournament while the Eagles fight for home ice.
John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

Here we are at Selection Sunday. There are only three games remaining, and there are only five different brackets that can occur based on today’s conference championship results. The first team to punch their ticket was Robert Morris, as they took out Syracuse in the CHA Championship. We also have two matchups locked in: Robert Morris will travel to Wisconsin, while Minnesota is going to Duluth.

BC Interruption’s Grant Salzano has taken his talents to another level by calculating the odds of each occurrence based off of KRACH.

We will take a look at each of the five brackets and their chances of happening.

Champions: Boston College plus one or both of Cornell and Minnesota-Duluth

1. Wisconsin v 8. Robert Morris

2. Minnesota-Duluth v 6. Minnesota

3. Clarkson v 7. Cornell

4. Boston College v 5. St. Lawrence

Odds: 37.37%

Champions: Wisconsin, Clarkson, Boston College

1. Wisconsin v 8. Robert Morris

2. Clarkson v 7. Cornell

3. Minnesota-Duluth v 6. Minnesota

4. Boston College v 5. St. Lawrence

Odds: 31.31%

With these first two brackets, there is the ever-so-slight chance that St. Lawrence would be sent to Clarkson to cut down travel costs, sending Cornell to BC.

Champions: Northeastern, Wisconsin, Clarkson

1. Wisconsin v 8. Robert Morris

2. Clarkson v 7. Northeastern

3. Minnesota-Duluth v 5. Minnesota

4. St. Lawrence v 6. Boston College

Odds: 14.28%

Champions: Northeastern, Cornell, and either Wisconsin or Minnesota-Duluth

1. Wisconsin v 8. Robert Morris

2. Minnesota-Duluth v 5. Minnesota

3. Clarkson v 7. Northeastern

4. St. Lawrence v 6. Cornell

Odds: 10.17%

Champions: Northeastern, Minnesota-Duluth, Clarkson

1. Wisconsin v 8. Robert Morris

2. Minnesota-Duluth v 5. Minnesota

3. Clarkson v 7. Northeastern

4. St. Lawrence v 6. Boston College

Odds: 6.87%

This handy table summarizes each team’s potential matchups.

Wisconsin will host Robert Morris and Minnesota-Duluth will host Minnesota.

Clarkson will be hosting either Cornell or Northeastern.

Boston College will host St. Lawrence if they win. If they lose but still make the tournament, they will travel to St. Lawrence.

If Cornell and Boston College both make the tournament, Cornell will travel to Clarkson. If BC stays home, Cornell will be heading to St. Lawrence.

If Northeastern makes the tournament, they will travel to Clarkson.