With wins over Auburn and Mississippi State last week, which helped move them into first place in the Southeastern Conference trace, LSU is now on the NCAA tournament bracket of ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi and CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm.
Lunardi, who’s had LSU (15-8, 8-2 SEC) on his bracket for the past three weeks, kept the Tigers as the No. 10 seed in the St. Louis regional in his bracket that was updated Monday morning.
Only this week, Lunardi has LSU going against No. 7 seed Wichita State. A week ago, he had the Tigers in the No. 10 spot meeting Utah and the week before had them in a First Four play-in game with Cincinnati to get in the bracket as a No. 11 seed.
Palm put LSU in the South regional as well Monday, but has it as a No. 12 seed playing fifth-seeded Southern Cal in Denver.
Palm didn’t seem thrilled about putting LSU on his bracket for the first time this season, citing an official NCAA RPI of 76, and included the Tigers only because they lead the conference race.
“This bracket also has an unusual feature for a bracket projection — a bid stealer,” Palm wrote. “LSU is in the bracket as the leader of the SEC, but the Tigers have a borderline at-large profile at best.
“Other than a home win over Kentucky, there wouldn’t be anything to talk about. But, LSU has a one-game lead in the conference race so there they are.”
Both Lunardi and Palm have five SEC teams in the NCAA tournament: LSU, Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida.
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