Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Quinnipiac, North Dakota Top Pairwise Rankings
North Dakota, Quinnipiac, Providence, Boston College and St. Cloud State round out the top five teams in this week's USCHO.com Division I men's hockey poll.
The Pairwise Rankings, which mimic the NCAA Tournament selection process, however, paint a slightly different (and perhaps more relevant) picture of the top teams in the country.
The rankings as of Jan. 12, with conference affiliation in parentheses:
1. Quinnipiac (ECAC)
2. North Dakota (NCHC)
3. St. Cloud (NCHC)
4. Harvard (ECAC)
5. Cornell (ECAC)
6. Providence (Hockey East)
7. Omaha (NCHC)
8. Michigan (Big Ten)
9. Boston University (Hockey East)
10. Boston College (Hockey East)
11. Notre Dame (Hockey East)
12. Yale (ECAC)
13. UMass-Lowell (Hockey East)
14. Denver (NCHC)
15. Penn State (Big Ten)
16. Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)
17. Minnesota State (WCHA)
21. Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey)
The top 16 teams get in, including the tournament winners of the six NCAA Division I conferences. That means someone on the bubble of 16 could get bumped by a lower-ranked team (or teams) that wins its conference tournament.
We've still got a long way to go between now and late March, when the bids will be announced.