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Here is the bracket... Let's get some discussion going.

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https://gopherpucklive.com/tournament/2024-ncaa-tournament/

 

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All the 2-3 games feel like toss ups (even Maine vs Cornell with how all over the place Maine has been). Would say the 4s it's WMU with by far the best chance and I'd put RIT and MTU as <5% chances of winning. UMass in theory will have the home crowd to try stir them on (and there should be good plenty of Maine fans there) so maybe gives them a little more hope. 


   
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Three teams from Michigan in the same region.


   
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Three teams from Michigan in the same region.

I think there was a year where a region had 3 teams from MN….?

 


   
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Three teams from Michigan in the same region.

I think there was a year where a region had 3 teams from MN….?

 

last year in Fargo. 

 


   
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Three teams from Michigan in the same region.

I think there was a year where a region had 3 teams from MN….?

 

last year in Fargo. 

 

2018 regional in Sioux Falls as well-- SCSU ( Bob's last game ), Kato &  Duluth

 

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I notice it can not be an all Big Ten Frozen Four. Can't be a FF of any one league.


   
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Posted by: @midevil-bowievil

I notice it can not be an all Big Ten Frozen Four. Can't be a FF of any one league.

 

That is due to a tourney a few years ago. NCAA actively tries to avoid a repeat scenario. 

 

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Odds via Draftkings:

 

Springfield Region:

Denver ML -250, UMass ML +190, Over/Under of 7

Maine ML -135, Cornell ML +105, Over/Under of 5

 

Providence Region:

Boston College ML -720, Michigan Tech ML +450, Over/Under of 6.5

Wisconsin ML -135, Quinnipiac ML +105, Over/Under of 5.5

 

Maryland Heights Region:

Michigan State ML -270, Western Michigan ML +200, Over/Under of 6.5

North Dakota ML -120, Michigan -110 ML, Over/Under of 7

 

Sioux Falls Region:

Boston U ML -475, R.I.T. ML +325, Over/Under of 6.5

Minnesota ML -245, Omaha ML +185, Over/Under of 6

 

https://sportsbook.draftkings.com/leagues/hockey/ncaa-hockey

 

 


   
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I notice it can not be an all Big Ten Frozen Four. Can't be a FF of any one league.

 

That is due to a tourney a few years ago. NCAA actively tries to avoid a repeat scenario. 

 

2005. The Frozen Four was basically the Final Five all over again, without the play-in game that Wisconsin lost. 

 


   
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I notice it can not be an all Big Ten Frozen Four. Can't be a FF of any one league.

 

That is due to a tourney a few years ago. NCAA actively tries to avoid a repeat scenario. 

 

2005. The Frozen Four was basically the Final Five all over again, without the play-in game that Wisconsin lost. 

 

I wish I had the picture, but there was a caricature of a milk carton that said “have you seen us?” with all of the other conference logos on it.  I had an 8x11 photo of that taped to the car window on our drive to that 2005 WCHA Frozen Four.  It garnered some interesting looks from folks passing by. 😂

Yep, after that they’ve made sure to be careful to avoid that scenario again. 

Maybe someday I’ll dig through the old photo albums buried in tote bins in the closet, I might have a picture of it somewhere…

 


   
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I didn’t realize the arena in sioux falls was over 10K.  
and the whoosies have to fight for scraps in a 3k seat arena. 


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2021...that was close to an all MN tourney...

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and the whoosies have to fight for scraps in a 3k seat arena. 


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I see a lot of people on here writing off RIT already. I’ve heard a lot of college hockey minds say RIT is a dangerous 4 seed and may put whatever 1 seed they play on upset watch.


   
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Posted by: @steve-mn

Posted by: @cowgirl

and the whoosies have to fight for scraps in a 3k seat arena. 


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who was the stupid one who allowed to have this location with only 3k seats?

 

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I remember reading an article (no idea when?) that the NCAA was not getting a lot of interest to host regionals so they maybe didn't have any other options for this year?  Maybe @eric-vegoe can provide more color to my memory and speculation.  😎

Regardless it's a curious choice.  

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Posted by: @gopher6

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and the whoosies have to fight for scraps in a 3k seat arena. 


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who was the stupid one who allowed to have this location with only 3k seats?

 

Who is hosting that regional?

 


   
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Posted by: @gopher6

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and the whoosies have to fight for scraps in a 3k seat arena. 


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who was the stupid one who allowed to have this location with only 3k seats?

 

Who is hosting that regional?

 

Hockey powerhouse Lindenwood

 

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Future regionals--

2025

Regional Allentown, Pa. PPL Center   Pennsylvania State University and Spectra
Regional Fargo, N.D. Scheels Arena   University of North Dakota
Regional  Toledo, Ohio Huntington Center   Bowling Green State University and SMG - Huntington Center
Regional Manchester, N.H. SNHU Arena   University of New Hampshire 
Frozen Four St. Louis Enterprise Center   University of Vermont and St. Louis Sports Commission 

2026

Regional Albany, N.Y. MVP Arena   Union College (New York) and MVP Arena - Albany
Regional Loveland, Colo. Budweiser Events Center   University of Denver and Budweiser Events
Regional  Sioux Falls, S.D. Denny Sanford PREMIER Center   University of Nebraska Omaha and Sioux Falls Sports Authority
Regional Worcester, Mass.  DCU Center   College of the Holy Cross 
Frozen Four Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena   University of North Dakota and Las Vegas Events

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There should be limits on how many years in a row or four year cycle, one school can host.  (Yeah, you know whioux I’m talking about). 😆


   
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There should be limits on how many years in a row or four year cycle, one school can host.  (Yeah, you know whioux I’m talking about). 😆

I think the problem is a lack of people that want to host. You're sticking your neck out financially.

 


   
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I know this is getting wayyyyyy ahead of myself but it’ll be nice not having to face BC until the final. 


   
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How about a Maine Minnesota NC rematch at the X.

 

What a game!

 

 


   
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https://twitter.com/KNOXRadioRyan/status/1772318422266703992?s=20

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There should be limits on how many years in a row or four year cycle, one school can host.  (Yeah, you know whioux I’m talking about). 😆

I think the problem is a lack of people that want to host. You're sticking your neck out financially.

 

I know, I know…😉

 


   
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I remember reading an article (no idea when?) that the NCAA was not getting a lot of interest to host regionals so they maybe didn't have any other options for this year?  Maybe @eric-vegoe can provide more color to my memory and speculation.  😎

Regardless it's a curious choice.  

Some western schools have been trying to sneak in a campus site bid instead of putting it at theses USHL type rinks.

 


   
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What I don't get is let's say the Gophers finally decided to bid again and host at the X.

Is it really not advantageous for Minnesota to play there because they have to use someone else's locker room and take a bus 10 miles?


   
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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

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What I don't get is let's say the Gophers finally decided to bid again and host at the X.

Is it really not advantageous for Minnesota to play there because they have to use someone else's locker room and take a bus 10 miles?

From what I’ve heard the X, like many other NHL barns, are not interested.  

 


   
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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 


   
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What I don't get is let's say the Gophers finally decided to bid again and host at the X.

Is it really not advantageous for Minnesota to play there because they have to use someone else's locker room and take a bus 10 miles?

From what I’ve heard the X, like many other NHL barns, are not interested.  

 

I get that - I'm not asking why the X doesn't host I'm questioning the logic behind the rule that says on campus venues offer a greater advantage automatically.  1) There's no guarantee the host team qualifies and 2) in the case of say the Gophers they'd still have an advantage if the X hosted and they played there.

 


   
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Posted by: @karlsson

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What I don't get is let's say the Gophers finally decided to bid again and host at the X.

Is it really not advantageous for Minnesota to play there because they have to use someone else's locker room and take a bus 10 miles?

From what I’ve heard the X, like many other NHL barns, are not interested.  

 

Tampa hosted last years Frozen 4 and this years Frozen 4 is at the X

 

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Posted by: @gopher6

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What I don't get is let's say the Gophers finally decided to bid again and host at the X.

Is it really not advantageous for Minnesota to play there because they have to use someone else's locker room and take a bus 10 miles?

From what I’ve heard the X, like many other NHL barns, are not interested.  

 

Tampa hosted last years Frozen 4 and this years Frozen 4 is at the X

 

I'm pretty sure they're talking about regionals, not the Frozen Four.

 

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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 


   
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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 

The U probably doesn’t think they’d make enough money.  
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Posted by: @upnorthkid

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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 

The U probably doesn’t think they’d make enough money.  
How would you feel if Umd or St. Clown was hosting a regional at Mariucci?  🤷‍♀️

 

 

Mariucci is on Campus so that won't happen.   

 


   
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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 

I don't think you can bid there as it's still a "home arena" for someone. Putting in a bid in Fargo probably is a logistical nightmare for a University that has no presence in that city (and it's still likely you get placed there even if you don't host). It would be nice for fans ahead of time if we know we're hosting for buying tickets, but it's not like they've been hard to come by now (the Gopher season ticket holder group must've gone well to the end as I got my tickets and I'm WAAAAY down the list and there are plenty still available online)

 


   
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Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 

From what I have gathered from listening to and reading up on the regional process from people a lot smarter than I am about this, part of the problem is the amount of money that the host schools must pay to the NC$$ as a host. If you notice some regionals are hosted by a school and a city's tourism department. Other schools, like North Dakota, are more willing to take on the risk on their own and are fairly confident that their school will be there or like last year, have schools like Minnesota there with their traveling fan base. There also is a lot of work that goes into hosting a regional, staffing etc, and I think if the NC$$ would drop the amount of the guaranteed fee that may help with getting more regional hosts. Maybe do a revenue split on the back end. 

As far as the Maryland Heights regional, what I have heard/read is that the St Louis Sports commission was willing to write the check knowing that 2500 tickets sold would not cover the fee and is using the regional as a trial run for them hosting the Frozen Four. 

 

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I always thought Des Monies Iowa where the USHL team plays   3500 seats.  


   
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what I have heard/read is that the St Louis Sports commission was willing to write the check knowing that 2500 tickets sold would not cover the fee and is using the regional as a trial run for them hosting the Frozen Four. 

 

St. Louis hosted in 2007 - why would they need a "trial run"?

 

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I think the two biggest hurdles Mankato faces in hosting regionals is the lack of nearby hotel space and the lack of locker room space.  The Civic Centers visitor locker rooms are a joke even when they host a squirt tournament let alone a college hockey team.  Think of a run of the mill locker room at your local hockey rink and that is what the Civic Center has for visitor locker rooms.

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Posted by: @bert

Posted by: @upnorthkid

Posted by: @youngeagle

Stupid question, but would Ridder be able to host a men's regional given that its not the Gopher Men's team home arena and that the 5k seat capacity rule is flexible? 

it's on campus

 

I was talking with @mnrouser   Could the Gophers put in a bid at the Amsoil or Down in Kato to be host.  Neither are on campus.  Also why dont the Gophers put in a bid in Fargo sometime?

 

From what I have gathered from listening to and reading up on the regional process from people a lot smarter than I am about this, part of the problem is the amount of money that the host schools must pay to the NC$$ as a host. If you notice some regionals are hosted by a school and a city's tourism department. Other schools, like North Dakota, are more willing to take on the risk on their own and are fairly confident that their school will be there or like last year, have schools like Minnesota there with their traveling fan base. There also is a lot of work that goes into hosting a regional, staffing etc, and I think if the NC$$ would drop the amount of the guaranteed fee that may help with getting more regional hosts. Maybe do a revenue split on the back end. 

As far as the Maryland Heights regional, what I have heard/read is that the St Louis Sports commission was willing to write the check knowing that 2500 tickets sold would not cover the fee and is using the regional as a trial run for them hosting the Frozen Four. 

 

yep. 150k guarantee for the NCAA followed by NCAA taking 80% to your 20% after that. For example, even the arena is sold out in Sioux Falls at capacity of 10600, at the 100/ticket (we're going to round for sake of easy math, real number is more like 80 with then ticketmaster fees and shit to get to 100) you make 2.1million gross (100/ticket x2 sessions) and that's avoiding that the NCAA themselves takes a bunch of tickets for their own suites, attendants, etc; that sounds awesome but then you subtract the immediate 150k for the NCAA and have ~2million that the NCAA will take 1.6million of, leaving you with 400k. Now you have to advertise, pay many someones to do the planning, travel there, pay to use the facility, etc. to get that small of a maximal profit provided the people are working for free (they aren't).

make that arena the 5k that Scheels holds and your gross (because the NCAA sets the price evenly) comes down to 1million, which the NCAA still takes 150k of then 80% of what's left over and you're left with a profit of 170k. You can't make that money work and that's only if you're selling out. 

 


   
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what I have heard/read is that the St Louis Sports commission was willing to write the check knowing that 2500 tickets sold would not cover the fee and is using the regional as a trial run for them hosting the Frozen Four. 

 

St. Louis hosted in 2007 - why would they need a "trial run"?

 

Just what some people have said. Maybe, because it was 17 years ago and commission members have changed or the way the NCAA has changed what they expect from the host? 

 

I'm 50% factual and 50% sarcastic. When you get to know me, you will know which is which.


   
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@jupiter surprised you don’t have the times up on the subscription calendars. 😬

I mean I’m sure you’re not busy or anything 😉

 


   
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Anyone do an office frozen four bracket? Here's mine:

BC - Michigan State

Minnesota - Denver  

 

BC - Minnesota

Minnesota   yep homer pick...


   
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Posted by: @driftryder

Anyone do an office frozen four bracket? Here's mine:

BC - Michigan State

Minnesota - Denver  

 

BC - Minnesota

Minnesota   yep homer pick...

Providence

BC over Tech

QU over WI

BC over QU

 

Springfield

Denver over UMass

Maine over Cornell

Denver over Maine

 

MD Heights

MSU over WMU

Mich over UND

Mich over MSU

 

Sioux Falls

BU over RIT

MN over Omaha

MN over BU

 

BC over Mich

MN over Denver

MN over BC

 

Yes I am also a homer. 

 


   
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