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LSU celebrates on the court after the Tigers defeat Vanderbilt 80-59 and win the regular season Southeastern Conference, Saturday, March 9, 2019, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU men's basketball team won its first Southeastern Conference regular-season title in a decade, and now the Tigers are on the precipice of one of the highest NCAA tournament seedings in program history.

Bracketology experts have continued to bump up LSU (26-5), which has won nine of its past 10 games, including five straight heading into the conference tournament.

The Tigers also moved up from No. 10 to 9 in the latest AP poll.

Most experts now project LSU as a two or three seed.


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Here's where LSU is projected for the NCAA tournament:

Joe Lunardi, ESPN: 2 seed, West Regional (Jacksonville, Florida)

Chris Dobbertean, SB Nation: 2 seed, West Regional (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Teamrankings.com: 2 seed, (No. 8 overall), (no regional noted)

Bracketville: 2 seed, East Regional (Jacksonville, Florida)

Dave Ommen, NBC Sports: 2 seed, East Regional (Jacksonville, Florida)

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: 2 seed, Midwest Regional (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson, USA Today: 3 seed, West Regional (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Jason Lisk, The Big Lead: 3 seed, Midwest Regional (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Bracketmatrix.com: 3 seed, (No. 9 overall), (no regional noted)

Realtimerpi.com: 3 seed, Midwest Regional

The top-seeded Tigers would be in good contention for a No. 1 seed if they were to win the SEC tournament this weekend.

The Tigers' first game will be Friday at noon against either Arkansas or Florida. LSU's only two SEC losses came to the Razorbacks and Gators — both in Baton Rouge. The Tigers won on both teams' home floor.

The “nitty gritty” on LSU

The NCAA generates a “nitty gritty” report on each team considering these major factors:

Record: 26-5 (16-2 SEC)

NCAA NET ranking: 14

Strength of schedule (SOS): 21

Non-conference SOS: 10

Quadrant 1 record: 9-2

Quadrant 2 record: 7-3

Quadrant 3 record: 7-0

Quadrant 4 record: 3-0

Quadrant 1 is defined as home games against NET 1-30 teams, neutral site games against 1-50, road games against 1-75

Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, neutral 51-100, away 76-135

Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, neutral 101-200, away 136-240

Quadrant 4: Home 161+, neutral 201+, away 241+

AP rank: 9

USA Today coaches’ rank: 9

RPI (per RealTimeRPI.com): 12

Jeff Sagarin rating: 18

KenPom.com rating: 16

NCAA Tournament dates and sites

First Four

March 19-20: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

First/Second rounds

March 21 and 23: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

March 21 and 23: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut

March 21 and 23: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

March 21 and 23: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City

March 22 and 24: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina

March 22 and 24: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

March 22 and 24: SAP Center, San Jose, California

March 22 and 24: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Regionals

March 28 and 30: West—Honda Center, Anaheim, California

March 28 and 30: South—KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

March 29 and 31: Midwest—Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

March 29 and 31: East—Capital One Arena, Washington

Final Four

April 6 and 8: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis