With college basketball’s regular-season officially ending, bracketology is about to hit its fever pitch for 2018, with teams on the bubble holding on for dear life, and those with stronger resumes jockeying for seeding.
The latest bracket projections from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi still features eight SEC teams, though one team in particular, Alabama, still may have some work to do in the SEC Tournament to assure itself a bid. At a minimum, however, the SEC appears in position to get a minimum of seven bids, and perhaps as many as nine should Mississippi State go on a run in St. Louis.
Below is a look at each SEC team’s latest projected seed and opponent for the NCAA Tournament:
Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology projections for the SEC
|SEC TEAM||PROJECTED SEED||PROJECTED OPPONENT|
|Alabama||No. 10 in Midwest Region||Miami|
|Arkansas||No. 7 in East Region||Oklahoma|
|Auburn||No. 3 in West Region||Northern Kentucky|
|Florida||No. 6 in East Region||Winner of Providence/Texas|
|Kentucky||No. 5 in South Region||Louisiana|
|Missouri||No. 9 in West Region||Butler|
|Tennessee||No. 3 in South Region||UNC Greensboro|
|Texas A&M||No. 8 in East Region||N.C. State|
In these latest projections, Lunardi has the Crimson Tide as one of his last four byes, meaning they will narrowly avoid having to travel to Dayton, Ohio, for a play-in game. Alabama has lost five in a row.
Mississippi State, meanwhile, continues to occupy a spot in Lundardi’s ‘Next Four Out’ portion of the bracketology. The Bulldogs have been blown out two games in a row, most recently on the road at LSU.
They will have a chance at redemption quickly, however, as the two teams face off once again in the first round of the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs will likely need at least three wins in St. Louis to give itself a shot at making the NCAA Tournament.