The SEC women’s basketball tournament is over and all eyes are on the league’s status in the bracketology projections for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
On Thursday, ESPN women’s bracketology expert Charlie Creme released a new projected field of 64 which includes seven SEC teams.
The bracket expert included half of the league as firm “in” selections, with no bubble watch in sight for the SEC as the tournament selection show approaches on Monday.
So instead of watching the bubble in the coming days, SEC fans will be left wondering about seeding. Creme sees good things ahead for the league in that regard, with all seven projected participants slated to receive a No. 6 seed or higher.
Creme projected SEC regular season champion Mississippi State to be the No. 1 seed in the Kansas City Region and to host the first two rounds in Starkville with Texas Southern, California and Dayton projected to make the trip to Mississippi.
He has SEC tournament champion South Carolina, which is the defending national champion after defeating Mississippi State in the title game last season, slated to be the No. 2 seed in the Albany region and to host Lamar, Arizona St. and Rutgers in Columbia.
Creme also projects Tennessee, Georgia and Texas A&M to host games in the first two rounds of the tournament.The Lady Vols would draw Maine, Iowa and South Dakota St., while Georgia would get American, Maryland and Princeton in Athens, and Texas A&M would host Mercer, Duke and Belmont in College Station.
Missouri and LSU are also projected to be in the field. The league’s seven bids would be short of only the ACC’s projected eight teams in measuring the most dominant conference entering the tournament.
Here’s a look at each SEC team he projects to make the NCAA Tournament, along with the predicted seed and opponent:
Bracketology: Charlie Creme’s projections for the SEC in NCAA Tournament
|SEC TEAM||PROJECTED SEED||PROJECTED OPPONENT|
|Georgia||No. 4 in Spokane Region||American|
|LSU||No. 6 in Kansas City Region||Nebraska|
|Mississippi State||No. 1 in Kansas City Region||Texas Southern|
|Missouri||No. 5 in Lexington Region||Gonzaga|
|South Carolina||No. 2 in Albany Region||Lamar|
|Tennessee||No. 3 in Spokane Region||Maine|
|Texas A&M||No. 4 in Albany Region||Mercer|