It may be March Madness time, but there is another NCAA Tournament coming that has hockey fans on the edge of their seats. The Men's Division I hockey tournament begins on March 28 as the field of 16 gets ready to battle it out a NCAA hockey championship.
According to an ESPN report on March 23, the brackets have been revealed for the 2014 tournament along with the number one seeds.
The number one seeds are Minnesota, Boston College, Union (N.Y.) and Wisconsin.
Once again proving how difficult it is to repeat in any college sport, Yale, last year's champion failed to make this year's NCAA tournament. Yale finished 17-11-5 overall and lost to Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament.
When it comes to this year's tournament, Hockey East is the No. 1 league when it comes to conferences that made hockey's big dance.Hockey East led all leagues with five teams getting in the tournament, while the ECAC and the NCHC with three teams each. The Big Ten Conference will be represented by Minnesota and Wisconsin, both of which are expected to do well.
Locally, Ferris State will be the lone team representing the Great Lakes State. Ferris will head to Cincinnati where they will face Colgate in the first round. Go get'em Bulldogs!
NCAA hockey fans will be able to catch every game of the 2014 Tournament on ESPNU or streaming live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN. Fans can click here for the printable bracket.
Here is a look at the schedule and odds to win this year's NCAA Hockey Tournament.
East Regional, March 28-29 – Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
March 28, 2:00 p.m. EST — No. 1 Union (N.Y.) vs. No. 4 Vermont – ESPNU/WatchESPN
March 28, 5:30 p.m. EST — No. 2 Quinnipiac vs. No. 3 Providence – ESPNU/WatchESPN
March 29, 3:00 p.m. EST – East Regional Championship
Midwest Regional, March 28-29 – U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
March 28, 4:30 p.m. EST — No. 2 Ferris State vs. No. 3 Colgate – ESPN3/WatchESPN
March 28, 8:00 p.m. EST — No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 North Dakota – ESPNU/WatchESPN
March 29, 6:30 p.m. EST – Midwest Regional Championship
Northeast Regional, March 29-30 – DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.
March 29, 4:00 p.m. EST — No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 4 Denver – ESPNU/WatchESPN
March 29, 7:30 p.m. EST — No. 2 Massachusetts-Lowell vs. No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato – ESPN3
March 30, 5:00 p.m. EST – Northeast Regional Championship
West Regional, March 29-30 – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minn.
March 29, 5:30 p.m. EST — No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Robert Morris — ESPN2/WatchESPN
March 29, 9 p.m. EST — No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State – ESPNU/WatchESPN
March 30, 7:30 p.m. EST – West Regional Championship
Odds to win championship:
- Minnesota +175
- Boston College +175
- Union +200
- Wisconsin +250
- Ferris State +250
- Quinnipiac +300
- Massachusetts-Lowell +300
- Notre Dame +350
- St. Cloud State +350
- Minnesota State +400
- Providence +400
- Colgate +400
- Vermont +400
- North Dakota +400
- Denver +450
- Robert Morris +450