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What seed is LSU projecting to earn in the SEC Tournament?

Alex Hickey

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Question of the Day: Wednesday, Jan. 17

LSU basketball is coming off a heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Georgia Tuesday night, but fans are still very much interested in the progress the Tigers are making under first-year coach Will Wade.

In fact, they’re so interested that they aren’t even asking us questions about the Tigers. They’re giving us mandates.

A word of warning to LSU Tiger Eye Guy and everyone else: I may be taking on an impossible task here.

In most seasons, projecting the SEC Tournament is pretty simple. You plug Kentucky into the top spot and everything sort of trickles down from there. This year, parity finally has hit the league, and not because everyone is equally inept.

According to Ken Pomeroy’s Power Ratings, the SEC is the fourth-best league in the country. This is shaping up to be the first year that the SEC has rated higher than the Big Ten since 2007.

As we saw with South Carolina beating Kentucky on Tuesday night, this is going to be a season full of unexpected outcomes. So don’t be surprised if what I’m about to tell you looks nothing like the actual SEC Tournament field in March.

Based on the games remaining on the schedule, I’m pegging the Tigers as the No. 7 seed in the SEC tourney with a 9-9 record in league play.

Possibly very wrong SEC Tournament projected seeds:

  1. Auburn
  2. Florida
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Alabama
  6. Missouri
  7. LSU
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Arkansas
  10. Georgia
  11. Mississippi State
  12. South Carolina
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Vanderbilt

If this is actually how things work out, LSU would head into the conference tournament with an 18-12 overall record and likely in need of another win (probably two) to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The first-round opponent? Georgia. Of course.

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