Sometimes the ball bounces your way. On Saturday, the entire day bounced the way of the Bayou Bengals, with a series of results converging to land LSU the fourth seed in this week's conference tournament in Nashville.
The Tigers (22-9 overall, 11-7 in the SEC) will play Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Bridgestone Arena, beneficiaries of a double bye as a top-four seed. Their opponent will either be fifth-seeded Texas A&M, which swept the season series with LSU, or the winner of Wednesday night's 12-13 matchup between Mississippi State and Auburn.
With a win Friday LSU would presumably square off against undefeated No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday.
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Johnny Jones' crew helped make its own luck yesterday, toppling No. 18 Arkansas 81-78 in Bud Walton Arena via Keith Hornsby's three-point corner dagger as time expired.
But it took a lot more than that to propel the purple and gold into the fourth place.
Ultimately Texas A&M had to lose at home to Alabama, Ole Miss had to fall to Vanderbilt in the Tad Pad and Georgia had to score a win at Auburn to force the four-way tie at 11-7 that put LSU in its current position.
The Tigers finished the last two campaigns, Jones' first two seasons in Baton Rouge, at 9-9 in the league. It's widely expected that the two-game difference, now coupled with road wins at top-20 foes West Virginia and Arkansas, will make LSU a surefire NCAA Tournament team come Selection Sunday in a week.
Stay tuned to TSD for live coverage of LSU's run in Nashville this week.
LSU seeded fourth in SEC Tournament
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