Saturday Showdown: Scenarios for a BGSU NCAA Bid

By March 21, 2015 September 26th, 2015 Other News

The Falcons find themselves in a precarious situation in regards to a possible NCAA bid. Here is the exact set of circumstances that the Falcons will need to earn an at-large berth.

NCHC Consolation Game (No TV listed)
Denver 5, North Dakota 1
With a Denver win the Falcons have a slightly less sizable road block to an NCAA berth.
Hockey East Finals (NESN)
UMass-Lowell vs. Boston University – 7:00pm EST
In no uncertain terms the Falcons will need a BU win to keep their hopes alive. UML sits at #17 behind #15 Bowling Green.
Atlantic Hockey Finals (No TV listed)
Mercyhurst vs. RIT – 7:05pm EST
With Denver knocking off North Dakota the Falcons don’t necessarily need to worry about this result yet. However, to be safe an RIT win is insurance in case Miami loses (see below).
WCHA Finals (Fox Sports North/Fox College Sports-Central)
Michigan Tech vs. Minnesota State – 7:07pm EST
The Falcons will need a MTU win over Minnesota State to keep the “parlay” going.
ECAC Finals (Fox College Sports-Atlantic)
Harvard vs. Colgate – 7:37pm EST
There is no scenario where the Falcons make an NCAA appearance without Harvard winning the ECAC. Colgate needs to lose.
Big Ten Finals (Big Ten Network)
Michigan vs. Minnesota – 8:00pm EST
A Michigan gives the Big Ten two teams in the NCAAs and would take Bowling Green out of the tournament. The Gophers need to take the title at the Joe.
NCHC Finals (CBS Sports Network)
St. Cloud vs. Miami – 8:30pm EST
If Miami is unable to knock off St. Cloud then the Falcons would need RIT to win the Atlantic Hockey championship.
If all of these scenarios fall in the Falcon’s favor then Bowling Green will sit at #15 in the Pairwise and would most likely be making the trip west to Fargo, ND to play North Dakota.
Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at