It’s a bit of a longshot, but if everything goes well for UND this weekend, they could climb to #1 in the PairWise Rankings. Incumbent Minnesota State controls it’s own destiny — a sweep guarantees they stay atop the heap for one more week. A split, however, opens the door for UND.
If UND sweeps, they can take #1 with a suitably bad performance by Mankato. It’s remotely possible, though not likely, for North Dakota to take #1 even with a split.
Finally, it’s remotely possible (about 2%) for Nebraska-Omaha to take the #1 spot this weekend (a scenario that would almost certainly require a sweep of UND), and extremely remotely possible (about .2%) for Boston University to take #1.
4 thoughts on “Can UND take over #1 this weekend?”
Jim I would love to see a rest of the year outlook for Minnesota just for laughs.
And to really bring the giggles post Wisconsin’s.
Wisconsin is unlikely to break out of the 50s.
Minnesota still stands a chance — winning 10 or so of the remaining 14 would put them right on the bubble going into conference tournaments. Winning fewer would require some luck and/or a good conference tournament.
I would think that if Minnesota isn’t in at start of the tournament they would have to win to get in. They’d have to have a first round bye to be in the pair wise talk and them the best win they could get without winning the whole thing would probably be penn state. Which I can’t imagine would hardly help them out.
Then again they could very well go on a pretty hot streak to end the season. Other than Michigan they are all winnable games.