Women’s basketball bracketology: Tennessee has played itself in, for now

The Lady Vols earned a huge win over LSU

Welcome back to the field, Tennessee! Now don’t get too comfortable. The Lady Vols’ nail-biting win over LSU in the 8-9 game at the SEC Tournament on Thursday made them the last team in, but their reward is, uh, a noon tip against projected 2 seed Mississippi State. Have fun with that.

A loss would not necessarily bump Tennessee out for good, but a win would provide much-needed insurance as the traditional one-bid leagues get ready for their tournaments (and, likely, create a bid-stealer or two). So even if Tennessee loses and manages to stay in the field, fans in Knoxville should spend the rest of the weekend watching scoreboards, rooting against other bubble teams, and rooting for the mid-major favorites.

Bracket Breakdown

Last Four In:

Clemson
Miami (OH)
BYU
Tennessee

Played their way out of consideration:

Utah
LSU
Georgia Tech
Minnesota

Can still play their way in:

Auburn
Kansas State
Butler
TCU

Procedural bumps:

Rutgers from a 7 to an 8
North Carolina from an 8 to a 7

Five game to watch today (all times Eastern):

Syracuse vs. Miami, 11 a.m.
Indiana vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.
Florida State vs. NC State, 8 p.m.
Auburn vs. Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. Rutgers, 9 p.m.

NEXT UPDATE: Saturday

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