Mar 17, 2009

Going Dancing

After winning the SEC outright, having the AP SEC Coach of the Year and Player of the Year and the SEC Coaches Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, it's safe to assume that this was a successful season for the LSU basketball team. So what does LSU get for its success this year? A trip to the NCAA Tournament as an 8-seed.

The Tigers get to travel to North Carolina to take on the #22 ranked Butler Bulldogs. Oh, and if LSU beats the team that is only one spot below them in the AP poll, they'll have a date with #2 North North Carolina. Talk about a huge mountain to climb.

Overall, the SEC was said to be down as a conference and the selection committee took that to heart. Only three SEC teams were selected for the Big Dance. LSU, the conference champ, got the 8th seed, Tennessee got a 9 and SEC Tournament champion Mississippi State sits as a 13 seed. While the conference was down, these seeding are a joke. LSU should have been a 6 or 7 at the worst, but they played themselves into an 8 by going on a skid to end the season. Mississippi State got no respect as a 13. Now, the only way to show the rest of the nation that the SEC was better than believed is to pull off a few wins and none would be more impressive than LSU beating North Carolina (a tournament favorite) in the second round in the Tarheels backyard.

But LSU can't look ahead just yet. Butler is no slouch and has been a surprise team in the NCAA Tournment before. It all gets started Thursday morning. What a great time of year!

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