LSU seeded fourth in SEC Tournament

Everything that could've went LSU's way on Saturday did, highlighted by the Tigers' thrilling win in Fayetteville. As a result LSU gets an automatic pass to Friday in this week's SEC Tournament.

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.

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