Friday reading: NCAA Tournament schedule, previews

Air Force's Mitch Torrel and his teammates face a Boston College squad still smarting from last year's first round exit. The Eagles, playing in the Northeast region, should come out ready to play hard this time.

The format may be familiar but this blog post has new links to previews including news that all the injured Denver players took part in this morning’s pregame skate, according to Denver Athletics.

ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN

East Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24) Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
No. 1 Union (24-7-7) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (19-15-4), 1 p.m. Friday, ESPNU

No. 2 Miami (24-12-2) vs. No. 3 Massachusetts-Lowell (23-12-1), 4:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNU.

Here’s a preview of the regional and a scouting report on Michigan State and Michigan. The RiverHawks are hoeful they can continue their big turnaround.

• Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU.

Midwest Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24)
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

No. 2 Ferris State (23-11-5) vs. No. 3 Denver (25-13-4), 3:30 p.m. Friday, live on Altitude (tape delay ESPNU, 10:30 p.m. Friday). DU’s Dustin Jackson is profiled by his hometown newspaper. There are plenty of questions that the Pios need to answer to be successful today. FSU senior goalie Taylor Nelson could be the difference.

No. 1 Michigan (24-12-4) vs. No. 4 Cornell (18-8-7), 6 p.m. Friday, ESPNU. The Wolverines will look to avoid its past top seed troubles. Don’t be shocked is this is the upset of the first round (I do not count No. 3s over No. 2s as an upset).

• Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

West Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

No. 1 North Dakota (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (21-13-6), 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS North (tape delay ESPNU, 11:30 a.m. Sunday). Note that the UND beat writer contradicts the FS North availablity.  Here’s a preview of both games.

No. 2 Minnesota (26-13-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (23-14-1), 3 p.m. Saturday, FS North plus, NESN (tape delay ESPNU, 2 p.m. Sunday). Here’s a Q&A with UM sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt. The BU fan blog previews the game.

• Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m.Sunday, ESPNU

Northeast Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

No. 1 Boston College (29-10-1) vs. No. 4 Air Force (21-10-7), 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 1300 AM in Colorado Springs.  There’s plenty of good stuff on BC and Air Force in this preview.

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (24-9-6) vs. No. 3 Maine (23-13-3), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN3.com, FS North-plus (tape delay ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Saturday). Here are some preview notes from the UMD radio guy.

• Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU

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