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Wisconsin (18-12-7) opened the WCHA playoffs with a 3-1 win over Minnesota Duluth (14-18-5) to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series Friday at the Kohl Center.
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As of now the Badgers would be in the tournament, but barely. For those familiar with how the pairwise works, CC lost last night and their RPI is now .49996 meaning they are no longer a TUC. The Badgers need CC to lose again tonight so their season ends and they remain as a non TUC. This is important because I believe the Badgers are 0-2 against CC.
On the flip side, Omaha lost last night and they are dangerously close to falling from being a TUC with an RPI of .5015. This would be bad because the Badgers are 2-0 against Omaha. Root for Omaha tonight to push their series vs Minnesota State to 3 games so Omaha remains a TUC. Even if Omaha loses the series in 3 they should remain a TUC due to winning a game against a good Minnesota State team. Of course there are some other games that have an impact as well, but these two will have the biggest direct result on the Badgers. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. UW win this series tonight, get to St Paul, and then at least you're still playing and have a shot no matter what happens the rest of the weekend.
This post was edited by OakParkBadger87 on 3/16/2013 at 10:51 AM
Teams under consideration. It's a hockey thing;)
Team Under Comparison. To be a TUC your RPI needs to be .50 or better. Basically you get compared with every team on a few criteria and however many teams you win the comparison you get a point.
Right now there are 30 TUCs. The Badgers have 15 points right now and they would be the last team in. The number 1 team is Quinnipiac and they have 29 points.
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