LSU’s 80-63 romp over then No. 12-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday gave the Lady Tigers an RPI bump and probably kept them in ESPN’s NCAA Tournament projections going into this week’s SEC Tournament.
LSU (16-12, 10-6 SEC) moved up eight spots to No. 71 in Monday’s official NCAA RPI. Meanwhile, ESPN women’s basketball analyst Charlie Creme has LSU hanging in the NCAA Tournament field as a No. 11 seed in the Greensboro Regional, taking on No. 6 Ohio State in a first-round game in Durham, North Carolina.
Despite having lost their previous two games at Arkansas and Ole Miss, Creme actually pushed the Lady Tigers off the “Last Four In” list.
He has the SEC getting seven teams in the NCAA Tournament:
- South Carolina (27-2, 15-1): No. 1 seed, Oklahoma City Regional
- Tennessee (24-5, 15-1): No. 2 seed, Spokane Regional
- Mississippi State (26-5, 11-5): No. 4 seed, Albany Regional
- Kentucky (21-8, 10-6): No. 4 seed, Greensboro Regional
- Texas A&M (22-8, 10-6): No. 6 seed, Albany Regional
- LSU (16-12, 10-6): No. 11 seed, Greensboro Regional
- Arkansas (16-12, 6-10): No. 12 seed, Spokane Regional
Creme’s latest projection finds Tulane (20-9, 11-7) on the “Last Four Out” list. Tulane’s RPI is No. 50.
LSU will be the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament. The Lady Tigers get a double bye all the way to Friday’s quarterfinals, where they will play No. 5-seeded Texas A&M or No. 12 Florida (13-16, 5-11) or No. 13 Auburn (12-17, 3-13) at about 2:30 p.m. The winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between Florida and Auburn will play A&M in Thursday’s second round.
Despite losing their last two regular-season games, the Aggies’ RPI dropped only from No. 24 Sunday to No. 28 Monday,
LSU has three wins over current Top 50 RPI teams: No. 9 Kentucky, No. 26 Mississippi State and No. 28 Texas A&M.