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The 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament isn’t the only college national championship being contended currently, nor is it the only tournament to reach the Final Four. In fact, another sport all together is down to their national semifinals in a quest for a national championship. The Frozen Four, the term coined for the men’s collegiate hockey championship, is set, with two games to be played to determine the national championship matchup.
The college ice hockey tournament began with the traditional 16 teams, divided into four regions. The teams have played the single elimination tournament, with the four winners of the regions set.
In the East Regional, it was Quinnipiac who defeated Union 5-1 in that final to reach the Frozen Four. The midwest Regional saw St. Cloud State knock off Miami of Ohio. St. Cloud State was the No.4 seed in that Region, making their appearance in the Frozen Four a surprise. Yale toppled top-seed North Dakota 4-1 to earn a trip to the Frozen Four, as the second No.4 seed left standing. And then finally in the Northeast Regional, UMass Lowell defeated New Hampshire 2-0.
UMass Lowell – 8/5 (+160)
Quinnipiac – 7/4 (+175)
St. Cloud State – 13/4 (+325)
Yale – 5/1 (+500)
We are left with two no.1 seeds in Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell, and two No.4 seeds in Yale and St. Cloud State.
Three of the four teams are in the Frozen Four for the first time.
Quinnipiac will matchup with St. Cloud State in the national semifinal on April 11, while UMass Lowell and Yale will meet in the other. The winners will face off in the national championship game.
It’s a New England matchup when Yale and UMass Lowell match up against each other. The Bulldogs have not been this far in the tournament since 1952, coming out of the Ivy League. Yale went 20-12-3 this season, while the River Hawks went 28-10-2.
The Bulldogs managed to score four goals against a good North Dakota team in the regional final, while UMass Lowell shutout New
Hampshire 2-0. The River Hawks have won games by offense and defense, as they scored six goals in their NCAA Tournament opener.
LatestBettingOdds found the odds to win these national semifinals on odds available at Bovada Sportsbook.
The matchup between UMass Lowell and Yale is favoring the River Hawks to advance to the national championship. UMass Lowell is set at -215 on the moneyline at Bovada ($2.15 wager wins $1) to defeat the Bulldogs. Yale is going off at +175, which is a near 2 to 1 payout, in the role of the underdog.
As for the matchup between Quinnipiac (29-7-5) and St. Cloud State, (25-15-1) it seems to be a bit more of a separation here. The Bobcats of Quinnipiac were the No.1 team in the country at the end of the season, the first in the history of the school. On the other side of the ice, the Huskies upset Miami Of Ohio to reach this point. The odds however actually believe this matchup to be the closer of the two national semifinals. It’s Quinnipiac that is set at -150 to win this one and move on to the title game. St. Cloud State is paying out just over even money, set at +120.
5Dimes Sportsbook has got in on all of the action for the Frozen Four, forming betting lines for the national championship winner.
Each team has been set with a line to win the national title, or with the field going winning it all. At the top of the list of favorites is UMass Lowell, set at +160 to win the championship, or $1 win $1.60. A wager against UMass Lowell is set at -210 on the moneyline.
Going down the line, Quinnipiac comes in at +175 to win the championship, with a wager against them set at -275, a neat 1 to 3 margin. St. Cloud State comes next at +330 to win it all. The wager against St. Cloud State is set at -490, which is close to 1 to 5.
Finally, it’s Yale who comes in at +485, which is just under a 5 to 1 payout to win the national championship. Players will have to wager a bunch to make an ice profit against Yale, at -855.
Bovada Sportsbook has released their own odds to win the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. These odds are along the same lines as the ones found at 5Dimes, though a bit more straightforward. It’s UMass Lowell who is favored to win at +160 on the moneyline, where a $1 wager wins $1.60. They aren’t far in front of Quinnipiac though, as this squad is going off at +175 to win it all.
There is a jump in the odds for the two underdogs, in St. Cloud and Yale. The two teams are set at +325 and +500 respectively.