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Friday, March 06, 2009


So what now LSU Tigers?

After clinching the SEC title on Saturday at Kentucky, the thought was that LSU needed to keep winning to improve its NCAA Tournament seeding.

Then came a loss at home against Vanderbilt.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi wrote that "the unexpected home loss to Vanderbilt just about halts their seed momentum.''

Lunardi has the Tigers as a sixth seed and headed to Minneapolis to play an 11 seed, in his bracket, that would be Villanova.

Jerry Palm has even less confidence in LSU. He has the Tigers as a No. 7 seed, headed to Boston to play a 10th-seeded Oklahoma State team.

Even with LSU's blitz through the SEC, Palm writes at cbssports.com that, "Tennessee is now predicted to be the winner of the SEC tournament. On paper, there isn't a more wide-open conference tournament than the SEC. Vanderbilt could win it, and I wouldn't be surprised. I still think Tennessee is the best team, and in the last week-and-a-half or so, the Vols have finally started to play like it. Of course, now I've jinxed them. They'll probably lose to Alabama. ''

So if LSU needed any motivation for the final regular season game at Auburn and the SEC Tournament next week in Tampa, it is there. The Tigers' seeding tumbled from a possible four all the way to a six or seven in the minds of some and there are still some out there who think some other team is the best in the conference.


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