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2020 College Hockey Bracketology

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2020 College Hockey Bracketology

Driving forward to Detroit.

If the college basketball tournament is coming, college hockey’s is not far behind, making it time for 2020 college hockey bracketology.

When all is said and done, 16 teams will qualify for the 2020 NCAA Hockey Tournament on the men’s side. The good news is that with the metrics we have available, we have a strong idea of who those teams would be at any given time. In our NCAA basketball bracketology, we are guessing at the at-large bids. However, college hockey’s system takes out the guesswork.

As always, our source for these rankings is the USCHO PairWise (PWR) Ranking. How this looks on any given day determines the tournament field, though it will only matter in March.

2020 College Hockey Tournament Format

As it has been for a number of years, there will be six automatic bids for the six conference tournament champions. The remaining ten bids are at-larges.

Tournament regionals will be held in the following cities: Allentown, PA (Midwest), Worcester, MA (Northeast), Loveland, CO (West), and Albany, NY (East). The 2020 Frozen Four will be held in Detroit, MI.

2020 College Hockey Bracketology was last updated on January 19, 2020

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: S-Curve

Team Conf PWR
1 North Dakota Fighting Hawks NCHC* 1
2 Minnesota State Mavericks WCHA* 2
3 Cornell Big Red ECAC 3
4 Boston College Eagles HEA* T-4
5 Denver Pioneers NCHC T-4
6 Massachusetts Minutemen HEA 6
7 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten* 7
8 Clarkson Golden Knights ECAC* 8
9 Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten 9
10 Providence Friars HEA 10
11 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs NCHC 11
12 Arizona State Sun Devils Ind 12
13 UMass-Lowell River Hawks HEA 13
14 Northeastern Huskies HEA 14
15 Quinnipiac Bobcats ECAC 15
16 Sacred Heart Pioneers AHC* 35

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: Bids by Conference

Hockey East 5
Big Ten 2
Ind 1

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: Last Four In & First Eight Out

Last Four In
Arizona State (Ind)
UMass-Lowell (Hockey East)
Northeastern (Hockey East)
Quinnipiac (ECAC)
First Eight Out
Michigan State (Big Ten)
Northern Michigan (WCHA)
New Hampshire (Hockey East)
Dartmouth (ECAC)
Notre Dame (Big Ten)
Harvard (ECAC)
Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Bemidji State (WCHA)

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: Northeast Regional (Worcester)

Pairing 1

1 Boston College (HEA)
4 Arizona State (Ind)

Pairing 2

2 Denver (NCHC)
3 UMass-Lowell (HEA)

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: East Regional (Albany)

Pairing 1

1 Cornell (ECAC)
4 Northeastern (HEA)

Pairing 2

2 Massachusetts (HEA)
3 Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: Midwest Regional (Allentown)

Pairing 1

1 Minnesota State (WCHA)
4 Quinnipiac (ECAC)

Pairing 2

2 Ohio State (Big Ten)
3 Providence (HEA)

2020 College Hockey Bracketology: West Regional (Loveland)

Pairing 1

1 North Dakota (NCHC)
4 Sacred Heart (AHC)

Pairing 2

2 Clarkson (ECAC)
3 Penn State (Big Ten)

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