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No matter how you want to spin conference alignments in the west right now it comes down to money and appearances.  When Minnesota and Wisconsin left the WCHA it was because that’s where their money comes from…the B1G.  Those other teams left the WCHA to form the NCHC for appearances.  The CCHA reformed to exclude the Alaska schools and Alabama both for money(travel costs) and appearances of a tougher conference.

Neither UMD or UND pass either one of those tests to be able to join the B1G.  They just need to worry about their own little space and the B1G will worry about theirs.