No conspiracies, folks, the committee went right by the Pairwise, meaning MSU was the first team out. Six WCHA teams are in, but the fourth-place team will be at home.
What would have gotten MSU in? Havard winning Saturday? Northern Michigan losing Saturdayd? A double-overtime win over Minnesota? A season-ending sweep of Michigan Tech? A win or two over Nebraska-Omaha?
"I don't look back," coach Troy Jutting said shortly after the selection show ended. "We had a lot of big wins, too. It's unfortunate. I thought the kids had a great season. They accomplished a lot. Unfortunately, we fell just a little bit short of where we wanted to be."
On Sunday's selection show, they called it a "disappointment for Minnesota State," although they didn't explain the Pairwise very well for the viewers.
Here are the tournament matchups ...
MIDWEST (Madison, Wis.)
1-North Dakota vs. 4-Princeton
2-Denver vs. 3-Wisconsin
WEST (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
2-Colorado College vs. 3-Michigan State
1-New Hampshire vs. 4-Notre Dame
EAST (Albany, N.Y.)
1-Michigan vs. 4-Niagara
2-St. Cloud State vs. 3-Clarkson
NORTHEAST (Worcester, Mass.)
1-Miami vs. 4-Air Force
2-Boston College vs. 3-Minnesota
More later, as well as in Monday's Free Press.