SEC Bracketology: Auburn moves to No. 1 seed in new projection

In News by Blake Lovell

The SEC continues to feel the love from bracketologists, with the conference’s high RPI and strength of schedule paying off thus far.

And according to USA Today bracketologist Shelby Mast, that would give the SEC nine teams in the NCAA Tournament if the event started today.

The updated bracket for February 4 has Auburn all the way up to a No. 1 seed after the Tigers completed another 2-0 week with wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Meanwhile, Tennessee is next in line at a No. 3 seed, with the Vols still seemingly having an outside shot at getting to a top seed if they stay on their current track the rest of the way.

Kentucky sits at a 4-seed, and both Alabama (No. 6) and Missouri (No. 8) saw the biggest movement after impressive Saturday victories.

Elsewhere, Texas A&M remains in the field at a 10-seed and Arkansas at an 11-seed.

The ninth team in Mast’s current projection may be a surprising one based one where things stood entering the week.

LSU is currently projected as one of the last four teams in, thanks in large part to the Tigers’ ability to pick up Tier 1 wins. Will Wade’s squad earned the season sweep of Arkansas over the weekend and still has crucial games remaining against teams like Florida, Alabama, Missouri, and Georgia.

As for Mark Fox’s team, they are slotted on the Last Four Out line, with the Bulldogs unable to keep their momentum going after beating Florida earlier in the week.

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