LSU (16-10, 9-4 SEC) sits in second place in the SEC standings, but athletic director Joe Alleva is not very optimistic about the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament chances.
Alleva, who is a member of the tournament’s selection committee, said LSU’s current resume hasn’t been tournament-worthy, historically.
“Frankly I’m concerned about where we are at this point in time,” Alleva said during an interview on ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge, according to The Advocate.
The Tigers have fluctuated around the tournament field. A sluggish non-conference performance that lacked any signature wins and featured a handful of disappointing losses greatly diminished LSU’s tournament chances. But the Tigers rebounded during conference play thanks to a 4-1 start to the SEC slate, headlined by a victory over then-No. 9 Kentucky at home.
LSU came up short in its other opportunities after that, however. The Tigers lost on the road to then-No. 10 Texas A&M and surrendered a sizable lead at home against No. 1 Oklahoma during the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Tigers still have a couple of opportunities to improve their tournament hopes. LSU will host Florida next Saturday and will conclude the regular season with a road trip to Kentucky.
And of course, winning the SEC tournament would eliminate any doubts.