Gophers To Face Boston University In NCAA Tournament

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2012 West Region Information

Minnesota is heading back to the NCAA tournament.

The Gophers were awarded the No. 2 seed in the West Region and will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years. Minnesota will play No. 3 seed Boston University at 4 p.m. on March 24 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

No. 1 seed North Dakota will face No. 4 seed Western Michigan at 12:30 p.m.

The winners of the two semifinal games will face one another at 4:30 p.m. on March 25 with a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., at stake.

Boston University finished the season with a 23-14-1 overall record and tied Massachusetts-Lowell for second in Hockey East with a 17-9-1 conference record.

Minnesota, which is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament, is 4-3 all-time against Boston University in the NCAA tournament. Their most NCAA tournament meeting was on March 30, 1995. The Terriers won that game 7-3 in the national semifinal in Providence, R.I.

The Gophers are 11-12-2 all-time overall against Boston University. The last time the two teams met was Jan. 2-3, 2005. The No. 1 Minnesota won 2-1 on Jan. 2 to close the Walter Brown Arena and lost 2-1 the following day as the No. 13 Terriers opened their new Agganis Arena.

Both teams have won five NCAA championships.

Minnesota is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since losing 5-2 to Boston College on March 28, 2008, in the NCAA Northeast Region semifinal in Worcester, Mass.

Boston University returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time in two seasons. The last time the Terriers were in the NCAA tournament they won the 2009 national championship by beating Miami 4-3 in overtime.

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