After letting a win against No. 1 Oklahoma get away, the LSU Tigers return to SEC play Tuesday at Auburn needing a strong closing kick to reach the NCAA tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Oklahoma, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

After beating Georgia and dropping a two-point decision to No. 1 Oklahoma, LSU moved up a little this week in the eyes of ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

In his updated NCAA tournament bracket posted Monday, Lunardi now has LSU (13-8, 6-2 SEC) as the No. 10 seed facing No. 7 seed Utah in the South regional at Raleigh, North Carolina.

On the other hand, CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm does not have the Tigers on his radar and doesn’t have them among his first four teams out of the mix.

Lunardi lists LSU as getting one of the last four byes, which means he has the Tigers on his bracket after having them in a First Four play-in game a week ago. He had LSU playing Cincinnati for the No. 11 seed in the East.

Lunardi’s new bracket includes five SEC teams. In addition to LSU, he has Texas A&M as a two seed, Kentucky (No. 5), Florida (No. 8) and South Carolina (No. 9).

LSU will play at Auburn on Tuesday night and return home to face Mississippi State on Saturday.

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