Conference tournaments are right around the corner with Selection Sunday on March 13.
The LSU Tigers of Johnny Jones are heading in the wrong direction after dropping their third straight contest against Arkansas on Tuesday, 85-65.
The Tigers (16-12, 9-6) are currently No. 91 in the NCAA and Warren Nolan RPI rankings while being No. 89 in ESPN. LSU’s at-large hopes are unlikely at this point and will have to win the SEC tournament to make the field of 68.
LSU will host Florida on Saturday night at 7:30. The SEC Tournament is on March 9-13 in Nashville.
Keith Richard’s Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are on a roll winning five straight with wins over Texas State and UT-Arlington recently.
The Warhawks (15-12, 11-5) currently have the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament, which will be held on March 10-13 at Lakefront Arena. UL-Monroe has a No. 131 RPI in NCAA and Warren Nolan while having a No. 132 RPI in the ESPN rankings.
UL-Monroe travel to South Alabama on Thursday night.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns of Bob Marlin dropped contests to UT-Arlington and Texas State and now sit third in the Sun Belt standings. The Ragin Cajuns (14-11, 10-6) have a No. 144 RPI in the NCAA and Warren Nolan rankings while coming in at No. 147 in ESPN.
UL-Monroe and Louisiana along with other schools in the state must win their conference tournaments in order to make the NCAA tournament as they do not have the RPI strength for an at-large bid.
Here are the RPI rankings of all Louisiana schools by the NCAA, Warren Nolan and ESPN:
LA Tech 117/118/115
UL Monroe 131/131/132
Nicholls St 328/327/331
Northwestern St 341/341/342
McNeese St 349/349/349
As for Conference RPI rankings, the SEC is No. 6. Despite being in a conference that has a Top 10 RPI ranking, LSU is still in danger with a RPI of 91 in the NCAA and having a poor road record of 3-7. The American is No. 8 while the Sun Belt is No. 17. Here are the Conference RPI rankings that pertain to Louisiana schools by Warren Nolan:
SEC – 6
Sun Belt- 17
Conference USA- 22