Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Gophers again No. 1 or 2 in two national polls

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under College hockey Updated: February 6, 2012 - 3:18 PM

The Gophers were idle last weekend, so it is not too surprising they are in the same spots as they were last week in the two national polls.

The Mariucci-based maroon and gold are No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll -- two points ahead of a new second-place team, Boston University. BU jumped over Minnesota Duluth, which dropped to third.

1 University of Minnesota    474 (16) 1 19-9-1
2 Boston University               472   (9) 3 16-8-1
3 Minnesota Duluth               458   (8) 2 18-6-4
4 Boston College                   350         5 16-10-1
5 Ferris State University        347 (1)  7 18-8-4
6 University of Michigan        343        8 17-9-4
7 UMass Lowell                     317         9 18-7-0
8 Merrimack College             315         4 15-6-5
9 University of Notre Dame  220         6 16-11-3
10 Colorado College             202       11 15-9-2
11 Union College                   170       12 16-6-7
12 University of Maine           138        15 16-8-3
13 Cornell University                67       14 11-6-6
14 University of Denver            66       13 15-9-4
15 University of North Dakota 45      NR 15-10-2

In the USCHO.com poll, they remain No. 2 while the two teams immediately above and below them switched spots. UMD dropped to No. 3 after a split at Alaska Anchorage.

1 Boston University         (12)      16- 8-1   930   3
2 Minnesota                     (22)       19- 9-1   922   2
3 Minnesota-Duluth        (10)       18-6-4   899    1
4 Michigan                          ( 4)       17-9-4   805   7
5 Boston College                           16-10-1 770   5
6 Ferris State                      ( 1)       18- 8-4 760    6
7 Massachusetts-Lowell ( 1)       18- 7-0  716    9
8 Merrimack                                    15- 6-5   704    4
9 Notre Dame                                 16-11-3  536   8
10 Colorado College                     15- 9-2   534 11
11 Union                                           16- 6-7  507 11
12 Maine                                           16- 8-3  445 15
13 Cornell                                         11- 6-6  333 14
14 Denver                                         15- 9-4  319 13
15 Ohio State                                   14-10-5 289 10
16 North Dakota                              15-10-2 253 17
17 Michigan State                            15-11-4 218 NR
18 Western Michigan                      14-11-5 202 16
19 Northern Michigan                     12-10-6 108 19
20 Miami                                             15-13-2 93  18

And then there is the PairWise rankings, which matter the most because they mimic the methods the NCAA uses to fill its NCAA field with 11 at-large teams. Five champions of conference tournaments get automatic bids.

                    Comparisons

                                     won    records

1 Boston University    30     16-8-1
2t Michigan                  28     17-9-4
2t Mass-Lowell           28     18-7-0
4 Ferris State               27    18-8-4
5 Minnesota-Duluth    26    18-6-4
6 Boston College        25    16-10-1
7t Minnesota                 24    19-9-1
7t Merrimack                 24    15-6-5
9 Maine                          21    16-8-3
10t Notre Dame           20    16-11-3
10t Union                      20     16-6-7 .
12 Ohio State               18     14-10-5
13t Michigan State       17    15-11-4

Bubble teams as of this moment:
13t Northern Michigan 17   12-10-6
15t North Dakota          16    15-10-2

Just out as of this moment:
15t Colorado College   16 15-9-2
 


 


 

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