It’s Madness. Let’s be real, you, like I, burned your bracket two days ago if not sooner. It’s why Warren Buffet get’s to keep his billion dollars. The NCAA tournament is unpredictable at best. As of right now, a #1, two #2’s, and two #3 seeds have been knocked out. We have a #14 seed playing against a #11 seed and had three 12-5 upsets (so much for just picking one). Also, we have Dayton and Stanford torching brackets left and right. I don’t know why I try each year to fill out a bracket. I think I had ten iterations this year and it’s still being trashed. Next year, I’m definitely throwing darts because, well, it’s madness. That’s the best part about the college championship; anything can happen. You always have top teams being toppled by lower seeded schools because well, I don’t know. If I knew I’d sell my secret each year to the top seeds. The one thing that remains each year though is that it sure is fun to watch.
As I mentioned I spent Friday (and most of yesterday) watching hockey. But, Benton, you’re a Hoosier why weren’t you watching basketball?? Don’t worry, I was, they were just on the TVs in my peripheral vision at the bars. DU was playing in the inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff (conference tournament). After failing to secure home ice for the first round of the tournament (a best of 3 series) in the last game of the year, the Pioneers went on the road to Nebraska-Omaha and won the last two of the three and punched their ticket to Minneapolis. It was madness in the NCHC tournament this year, as was expected out of a conference of 8 very, very, good teams. Three of the four lower seeded teams manage to win on the road and advance to the semifinals: #8 Miami (Ohio) over #1 St. Cloud State in two games, #6 Denver over #3 Nebraska-Omaha in three games, and #5 Western Michigan over #4 Minnesota-Duluth in two games. The only road team not to advance was the rival Colorado College (#7) who fell in three games to #2 North Dakota. In Minneapolis, Denver shook off an early goal from an unfortunate bounce (the puck bounced off the end wall and kicked off the back of our net minder’s skate before he even realized where the puck was and without any pressure from the opponent) and beat Western Michigan 4-3 to advance within one win of an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. In the night cap, Miami stunned North Dakota 3-0 to try to run the table after finishing at the bottom of the conference standings. However, Miami would not complete the Cinderella story and your Pioneers went on to win 4-3, again. Miami did manage to get one back with 1:33 to go with the extra skater on (empty net) but DU would clamp down and hold on to win. It was two days of exciting hockey and now DU will keep on with a first round match up against #2 Boston College in the national tournament. You can check out a pretty cool video below from a helmet camera of one of the referees from yesterday’s championship game. WARNING: it’s a helmet cam at a hockey game. If you don’t do well with shaky cameras or motion sickness I would use caution. It’s only a minute and a half so you might make it through.