Bracketology: 8 SEC teams make Lunardi’s Jan. 4 bracket

In News by Blake Lovell

Joe Lunardi has released his official bracketology for January 4, with eight SEC teams currently projected to make the field.

That number puts the SEC at second in terms of the conferences with the most teams included, as the ACC leads the way with nine.

Here’s how the projected seeding looks for the eight teams:

  • #4 Kentucky
  • #4 Texas A&M
  • #6 Tennessee
  • #6 Arkansas
  • #7 Auburn
  • #8 Florida
  • #9 Missouri 
  • #10 Alabama

Georgia is included on the Next Four Out line.

The SEC currently has six teams in the top 25 of the RPI and eight teams in the top 50.

Lovell’s Analysis

There’s a reason why the SEC wanted teams to schedule tougher, and we’re already seeing the reason why.

The league is sitting pretty in the RPI right now, so it’s no shock to see this many teams projected to make the field.

As I always say, January bracketology is January bracketology, and there’s a lot of basketball to be played before we know for sure which teams will be in and which teams will be out.

However, it’s clear that the numbers love what the conference has done to this point, and that should result in at least seven teams going dancing.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.