Top ESPN bracketologist moves LSU basketball up to No. 7 seed after Tigers beat Texas A&M _lowres

LSU forward Ben Simmons, second from left, celebrates with fans in the student section after their 76-71 win over Texas A&M in an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

LSU’s clutch 76-71 victory over then-No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday impressed at least one of the nation’s most respected bracketologists — ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi, who saw LSU as a No. 10 seed a week ago and pushed them up to a No. 9 on a Thursday update despite a Wednesday night loss at South Carolina, has the Tigers up to a seven seed in his NCAA tournament bracket posted Monday morning.

LSU, which is trying to make the NCAA tournament field for the second year in a row, was included in the South regional in St. Louis as the No. 7 seed and was paired with 10th-seeded Syracuse.

With the win against Texas A&M, LSU (16-9, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) retained a share of the league lead — along with Kentucky — with only six regular-season games remaining.

LSU was one of six SEC teams on Lunardi’s bracket along with Kentucky (South, No. 4 seed), Texas A&M (West, 4), South Carolina (West, 7), Florida (South, 9) and Vanderbilt (South 11).

Lunardi has Vandy meeting up with Cincinnati in the First Four as one of his last four teams in the 68-team field.

On the other hand,’s Jerry Palm isn’t as impressed with LSU. He has the Tigers in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, as a No. 11 in the Midwest regional as one of his last four teams in.