After a loss to Arkansas last Tuesday, not even a win over Florida on Saturday night could get the LSU basketball team back into the NCAA tournament picture of ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
Lunardi, the ESPN.com bracketologist who had LSU as a No. 7 seed two weeks ago, lists the Tigers as the eighth team out beneath his updated 68-team bracket that was posted Monday morning.
That means, in his eyes anyway, that LSU (17-12, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) has to beat Missouri on Tuesday night and win at Kentucky on Saturday to have a chance at an at-large bid to the Big Dance.
Failing that, LSU likely would have to win the SEC tournament to earn the league’s automatic berth. Or at least get to the championship game — which might not even be enough.
As of Monday morning, LSU had an official NCAA RPI of 85.
Lunardi has five SEC teams on his updated bracket.
He has Kentucky, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Florida in. Vanderbilt is among the last four teams getting byes, while Florida is the last team in the field, which would require the Gators to play a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio.
Beyond that, Lunardi has Alabama among his First Four Out, and, taking it a step further, has LSU in his Next Four Out.
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