Something interesting came up on my Twitter feed just now (if you're not following me, you should follow @INTLMAV for some good but mostly really bad content). According to KRACH, an (better) alternative to the rankings-that-shall-not-be-mentioned-yet, UNO has had the 5th toughest schedule to date, bested only by: tOSU, Denver, UMD, and Princeton. It's a small sample size, to be fair, but enough of the season has elapsed that we can take a look.
Now, a lot of UNO's struggles have been lack of consistency and poor fundamentals/teamwork, but we've also faced some of the toughest competition in the country this season, with the heavy-hitters still to come (except Alaska-Anchorage).
UNO has, here and there, shown flashes of what this team could be. If those flashes lead to more consistent play and better execution period-by-period, we may have a shot down the stretch.
and just reaffirms what a meat grinder the nchc really is.
3 out of 5 NCHC schools. best conference in hockey hands down.
It makes a difference that Arizona State has been so strong this season.
UNO has been challenged each series this season. Even if the outcome isn’t ideal, the team will be better for it in the coming years.
I’m going to be fascinated to see how UNO does in the second half this season. In recent seasons (NCHC and WCHA) a .500 record in those second half games is generally a sign that we’re dealing with a good UNO team.
We have 20 games left this season. I don’t know how the team will do for sure. Things could go any number of ways.
When Tony Boone — Omaha World-Herald ...for those unfamiliar — was on 590 AM yesterday, he seemed to think things might go like they did in the series against Colorado College the rest of the season.
I’m hoping things tend more toward what we saw in the Arizona State series over Thanksgiving weekend, but until we see how UNO fares against the “big boys” in the NCHC, it is hard to say for sure...