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LSU coach Nikki Fargas shouts instructions to her players late in the second half of LSU's 80-78 win over Texas A&M on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU women’s basketball is prepared to host an NCAA Tournament regional if called upon to do so.

The statement by coach Nikki Fargas likely won’t be necessary when it comes down to it, but then again, a lot of the Lady Tigers season so far has been unlikely.

For the first time in four years, LSU’s opponent won’t be the only ranked team on the floor Thursday night when the No. 24 Lady Tigers travel to defending national champion South Carolina.

More shocking than that, LSU — predicted to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference before the start of the season — is in position to steal a No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, at the end of the month.

But to get there, LSU (18-8, 10-4 SEC) still most navigate a closely contested race at the top of the standings.

The Lady Tigers sit in a three-way tie for third in the SEC at the moment with Georgia and Missouri at 10-4 in conference.

If the season ended today, LSU would be the three seed due to tiebreakers. It could also jump into the two seed if it wins out the final two games, starting with the Gamecocks.

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“They’re well aware of what we need to do down the stretch and the ramifications of if you finish out the season 2-0,” Fargas said. “You do that and you’re in second place in SEC play. The committee will probably give you a different look when you’re the No. 2 team in our league. We want to position ourselves to get that first-round (SEC) bye, which gives you a better chance of winning an SEC championship.”

Louis continues to climb program leaderboards

Going into the final two, regular-season games of her career, Raigyne Louis has a chance to continue to leave her mark on the program.

After climbing into the top 10 all time scorers for LSU with 1,629 points, Louis is only 19 behind No. 9 Marie Ferdinand (1997-98). She could also close in on No. 8 Katrina Hibbert (1996-2000) who has 1,695 career points.

Louis will likely stay at No. 3 in all time steals, arguably her most successful statistic, with 287. Joyce Walker (1980-84) is No. 2 with 326 picks.

Louis has repeatedly said she does not so much as look at her statistics or where she’s ranked, but does say she’s blessed to be so successful.

Follow Mike Gegenheimer on Twitter, @Mike_Gegs.