The Sioux are in an interesting posititon. Currently they are 17th in the pairwise rankings. If the season were to end today, North Dakota would be watching the NCAA tourney on TV and I would be sad. But they can certainly turn that around.
This shows different scenarios for how North Dakota can end up based on how many games they win. The general consensus is they will have to win 6 of 8 to have a chance to make the tournament. It's not going to be easy. With Mankato, UAA, CC, and Wisconsin to go against, anything can happen. But the writing is on the wall. If the Sioux do not play above .500 hockey down this stretch, they will not be dancing.
As much as I would like to be optimistic, I don't see the Sioux doing it. That's right, readers. I'm thinking that this is the year they get humbled and don't get to be in the NCAA's. Truthfully, the only teams guaranteed to make the tournament are the top 10 in the pairwise. Think about it for a second. Say you get a surprise team from every conference winning the tournament to become the conference champion. Now, more realistically, you're looking at the top 12/13 teams in the pairwise. But still. We aren't there now.