It’s officially Bracketology season and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi included four SEC teams in his latest NCAA Tournament projections.
Kentucky, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Florida all made Lunardi’s field. LSU was also included as one of the “Next Four” left out of the field. After being listed as a No. 10 seed last week, Vanderbilt was left out of Lunardi’s latest predictions entirely.
The Wildcats received a No. 2 seed in the West regional from Lunardi after splitting a pair of SEC road games last week. The Wildcats would hypothetically match up with Cal State-Bakersfield in St. Louis and face either Gonzaga or Michigan in the next round.
South Carolina and Texas A&M each earned No. 5 seeds from Lunardi after solid weeks. The Aggies won a pair of road contests by single digits, while the Gamecocks dominated Auburn and staved off Vanderbilt to improve to 15-0 on the season.
South Carolina is projected to face William & Mary in Spokane, Wash., in the South regional and would await Iowa or Princeton in the next round. The Aggies are matched up with Akron in Denver in the Midwest region.
Rounding out the field was the No. 9-seeded Gators, who are matched up with Texas Tech in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the East regional. The Gators would likely face top-seeded Maryland in the next round. The Gators scored a home victory against LSU after losing to Tennessee on the road last week.
LSU was listed as one of the teams that barely missed the cut, but they will have their work cut out for them going forward. The Tigers are 9-6 and have little margin for error.