LSU’s SEC basketball slate unveiled _lowres

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD LSU coach Johnny Jones signals to his players against Arkansas last season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU’s taken out the shovel and tried to a dig a grave.

They just haven’t climbed on it.

Yet.

On Monday, the NCAA released its weekly update of the Ratings Percentage Index. The Tigers (15-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) reside at No. 72, a five-spot drop from where they were last Monday. Of course, losing to Texas A&M, the No. 138 team in the RPI, is the root cause. The Tigers’ fifth-consecutive road loss at Arkansas (No. 75) doesn’t cause much harm. And it helped, too, that Georgia moved up to No. 88 and no longer qualifies as a “bad loss” in the eyes of most bracket gurus.