#1 - University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

I guess the best way to do this is by rank. So, #1 is Minnesota. Coming off an amazing (and slightly surprising) WCHA league win, thanks to an amazing, diving, one-handed, overtime goal by Blake Wheeler (seen here, thanks to GooTube), Don Lucia's team has to have high hopes for the tournament, and so they should. But surprisingly, only 4 of 10 ESPN "experts" are picking the Gophers to be in the Frozen Four. ESPN didn't really say why the experts picked the way they did, but we'll assume they had their reasons/inside sources, etc. Granted, UMN was also the #1 seed last year, and ended up losing to Holy Cross in the 1st round ... but Holy Cross was the Atlantic champion. Oh wait. Air Force is ... the Atlantic champion this year. I'm getting nervous here.

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