Bracketology: Back on the bubble

Despite a split against No. 10 Providence, UConn men's hockey is back on the NCAA radar.

Photo: Ian Bethune

On March 28, the NCAA Tournament will kick off with Regionals in Maryland Heights, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Springfield, Massachusetts. Two brackets will begin March 28, while the remaining pair start the following day. Two weeks from then, St. Paul, Minnesota will host the Frozen Four on April 11 and 13.

UConn men’s hockey split with No. 10 Providence over the weekend, combining a more-than-disappointing 5-0 home defeat on Friday with a heroic penalty kill in a road victory on Saturday. The Huskies are now at No. 22 in the PairWise, which is a three-spot jump from this time last week. At 12-13-2 overall, Mike Cavanaugh’s team is fifth in the Hockey East standings, but this weekend’s opponent, UMass, is one point back with three games in hand.

The Huskies would jump up to No. 19 in a vacuum, should they take all six points against the Minutemen, which is likely to be the fifth team out of the tournament. They would tumble back to No. 25 with a pair of regulation losses.

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