The seedings and brackets for the NCAA tournament were announced yesterday. Wisconsin will go in as the #4 seed in the Northeast Regional and face UMass Lowell, the Hockey East tournament winner, the #1 seed in the Northeast Regional, and the #3 seed overall in the NCAA tournament, in the first regional semifinal on March 29. The Northeast Regional is taking place in Manchester, New Hampshire.
For those that are wondering how the NCAA tournament works, I'll try to sum it up here. The tournament is divided into four regionals: the East regional (in Providence, Rhode Island), the the Northeast Regional (in Manchester, New Hampshire), the West Regional (in Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the Midwest Regional (in Toledo, Ohio). Each Regional is comprised of four teams who play a semifinal / final format to determine the regional winner. Then, the four winners of each regional play in what's called the 'Frozen Four', which is basically where it's for all the marbles. The winner of the Frozen Four is declared the NCAA champ.
Labate and the Wisconsin Badgers are going to have a tough test right off the bat with UMass Lowell. If they can win that game, I like their chances of winning the regional and advancing to the Frozen Four.