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Bracketology: Keep an eye on LSU

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LSU head coach Will Wade signals in against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)


Keep an eye on LSU. The Tigers continue inching their way up the seed list, grabbing the final No. 2 seed this morning, passing Michigan State. Following last night’s win at Florida, the Bayou Bengals are 9-2 vs. Quad 1 teams, including wins over both Tennessee and Kentucky, and are 9-1 in true road games.

For various reasons, next week’s SEC tournament in Nashville will be worth the price of admission. Tennessee and Kentucky are jockeying for No. 1 seeds; and what if LSU wins the SEC tourney, beating Kentucky and/or Tennessee again? They would have to be in the discussion, right?

It was a mixed night on the bubble, with Seton Hall winning a huge home game against Marquette. It was an equally rough night for North Carolina State, who lost at home to Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack are squarely on the cutline heading into the ACC tournament.

UPDATED: March 7, 2019

MIDWEST REGIONTexas vs. Creighton
SOUTH REGIONTemple vs. Alabama
EAST REGIONIona vs. Norfolk State
WEST REGIONPrairie View vs. St. Francis (PA)

EAST - Washington, DCWEST - Anaheim
ColumbiaSalt Lake City
1) Virginia1) Gonzaga
16) Iona / Norfolk State16) Prairie View / St. Francis
8) Oklahoma8) Syracuse
9) UCF9) Baylor
San JoseHartford
5) Villanova5) Maryland
12) Belmont12) Lipscomb
4) Kansas State4) Florida State
13) UC-Irvine13) Vermont
Des MoinesTulsa
6) Cincinnati6) Nevada
11) TCU11) Ohio State
3) Michigan State3) Texas Tech
14) Yale14) Georgia Southern
JacksonvilleDes Moines
7) Buffalo7) Louisville
10) Seton Hall10) St. John’s
2) LSU2) Michigan
15) Loyola-Chicago15) Montana
MIDWEST - Kansas CitySOUTH - Louisville
1) Tennessee1) Duke
16) Campbell16) Sam Houston State
8) Wofford8) Washington
9) VCU9) Ole Miss
HartfordSan Jose
5) Virginia Tech5) Marquette
12) Texas / Creighton12) Alabama / Temple
4) Wisconsin4) Kansas
13) Old Dominion13) New Mexico State
Salt Lake CityTulsa
6) Mississippi State6) Iowa State
11) Arizona State11) Florida
3) Houston3) Purdue
14) South Dakota State14) Hofstra
7) Auburn7) Iowa
10) Minnesota10) Utah State
2) North Carolina2) Kentucky
15) Colgate15) Wright State

Last 4 ByesLast 4 IN First 4 OUTNext 4 OUT
Ohio StateAlabamaNC StateMurray State
Arizona StateTexasClemsonIndiana

TOP SEED LINE: Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, and Tennessee

Breakdown by Conference ...

Big 10 (8): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State

BIG 12 (8): TEXAS TECH, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Texas

SEC (8): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama

ACC (7): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse

Big East (5): VILLANOVA, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Creighton

American (4): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Mountain West (2): NEVADA, Utah State

Southern (1): WOFFORD

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Texas State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), Sam Houston State (SLND), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Campbell (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Colgate (PAT), St. Francis (PA) (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)

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