Marty Scarano has overseen eight hockey teams that have made the NCAA Tournament in 23 years as an athletics administrator at three schools, including Colorado College. He knows better than to trust the NCAA Tournament selection committee that he chairs. In a conference call Monday, Scarano, now the athletic director at New Hampshire, warned that “a number of things can happen” before the 16-team NCAA Tournament field is announced at 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2. That’s not comforting for CC coach Scott Owens, whose team is 10th after bonus points are added in the USCHO.com PairWise rankings that predict NCAA Tournament qualifiers. The Tigers (24-15-2) lost a first-round Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series to St. Cloud State last weekend. It’s the first time they have not advanced to the WCHA Final Five since the 1999-2000 season. “While some things may seem certain, there are a whole lot of things that can happen,” said Scarano, who hired Owens before he resigned as CC’s athletic director to take the New Hampshire job in April 2000. Scarano and Tom Jacobs, the NCAA director of champi- onships, will meet at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis at 9 p.m. Saturday to conduct a conference call with the other five members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, which includes Air Force coach Frank Serratore. Chances are CC will receive an NCAA Tournament bid because of its national-best four bonus points, awarded for a road win over Boston University, a home win over Maine and neutral-site wins over Michigan and Michigan State. Asked if his team could get squeezed out, Owens said, “It’s not out of the question. It’s not.” Jacobs said picking teams for the NCAA Tournament is more than a “numbers exercise.” But Scarano maintains the committee rarely deviates from its established selection criteria, which the PairWise rankings mimic. “When we enter subjectivity into the discussion, we tread lightly,” Scarano said. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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