Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Johnny O'Bryant struggles against Auburn's defense Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

With Texas A&M dispatched, LSU arrives at a difficult three-game closing stretch over the next 10 days. Among, the roughly nine teams vying for either NCAA tournament bids or a trip to the NIT, the Tigers’ troika of foes — Florida, Vanderbilt and Georgia — have an average RPI of 57.8. (The Gators, who sit at No. 3, do act as an outlier). Only Vandy, which visits Tennessee, hosts LSU, and goes to Ole Miss, has a tougher docket.