Thursday, March 22, 2012

NCAA National Tournament Preview

The 16-team NCAA National Tournament begins on Friday and culminates with the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa Bay on the first weekend in April. The Boston College Eagles are the #1 ranked team heading in but in this 1-game format, anything can happen.

After the jump, the picks and predictions from Dean, Guy, Taylor and special guest Julie Robenhymer from Hockey Buzz.


Massachusetts-Lowell vs Miami
Michigan State vs Union

Dean: Believes Michigan State will advance to the Frozen Four after beating Miami
Guy: Chooses Miami to advance through Michigan State
Taylor: Takes Miami to get to Tampa Bay after downing Union
Julie: Also selects Miami in a round two win over Union


Michigan vs Cornell
Denver vs Ferris State

Dean: Chooses Michigan to win the regional over Denver
Guy: Picks Denver to advance after beating Michigan
Taylor: Likes Michigan over Denver
Julie: Selects the Michigan Wolverines over Ferris State


Boston College vs Air Force
Maine vs Duluth

Dean: Taking the defending champion Bulldogs to return to the Frozen Four over Boston College
Guy: Likes the #1 ranked Eagles to dethrone Duluth
Taylor: Has Duluth over Boston College
Julie: Also picks Duluth to prevail in a second round game over Boston College


North Dakota vs Western Michigan
Boston University vs Minnesota

Dean: Likes the Fighting Sioux over the BU Terriers in round 2
Guy: Chooses North Dakota over the Gophers to advance to Tampa
Taylor: Thinks the hometown advantage does it for Minnesota over UND
Julie: Sees the Sioux getting past Boston University and into the Frozen Four


Dean: Michigan, Michigan State, Duluth and North Dakota
Guy: Denver, Miami, Boston College and North Dakota
Taylor: Michigan, Miami, Duluth, Minnesota
Julie: Michigan, Miami, Duluth, North Dakota

To hear the reasoning behind the picks, take a listen to the interview HERE!

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