The latest projected 2020 Men's NCAA Hockey Tournament Bracket helped UMD and keeps UND at number 1 overall.

After sweeping Denver, UMD moved into a solid #4 overall and #1 in their region. 6 of the teams will get in by winning their conference tournament, which could also change the seeds again.  So it will feature at least one team from the Big Ten, Atlantic Hockey, ECAC, Hockey East, NCHC and WCHA. Then there are at large teams that are in by how they do in their schedule. It helps them to beat better teams, and it also helps for teams to do well in their league.

The projected 2020 men’s hockey NCAA Tournament bracket has a whole new look since we last made projections. Four new teams got on the right side of the 16-team field and there was change near the top when Minnesota Duluth went from nearly a No. 4 seed to the fourth overall seed.

How are the teams chosen?  Bracketology 101 on the NCAA website goes into the little things that help or hurt a team's chances. Some of it is interleague play and how they do in the playoffs and against rated teams.

Projected 2020 college hockey tournament field (as of Feb. 12)

1. North Dakota (NCHC)
2. Minnesota State (WCHA)
3. Cornell (ECAC)
4. Minnesota Duluth
5. Denver
6. Boston College (Hockey East)
7. Massachusetts
8. Penn State
9. Clarkson
10. Arizona State
11. UMass Lowell
12. Northeastern
T-13. Maine
T-13. Quinnipiac
T-19. Michigan State (Big Ten)

The projected 2020 NCAA college hockey bracket (as of Feb. 12)

Albany Regional (Albany, NY - Host ECAC)
1. North Dakota vs. 16. American International
6. Boston College vs. 9. Clarkson

Worcester Region (Worcester, MA - Host Holy Cross)
2. Minnesota State vs. 14. Quinnipiac
7. Massachusetts vs. 10. Arizona State

Allentown Region (Allentown, PA - Host Penn State)
3. Cornell vs. 15. Michigan State
8. Penn State vs. 11. UMass Lowell

Loveland Region (Loveland, CO - Host Denver)
4. Minnesota Duluth vs. 13. Maine
5. Denver vs. 12. Northeastern