Why is Tasmin smiling? LSU won the SEC last night, while sitting at home. Thanks to a thorough thrashing of the Kentucky Wildcats at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks, where the final score of 77-59 actually failed to capture to breadth of South Carolina's domination, the last team in the conference that could catch LSU and win a tie-breaker against them fell by the wayside.
I think some other things happened too, things that have little to do with LSU. I think the honeymoon for Billy Gillespie in Lexington, if it wasn't over already, came to a crashing halt. I think Kentucky's NCAA hopes took a bit of a dip, as this wasn't just a loss. Fortunately for them, they managed to cut the margin of victory down from the upper 20s into the upper teens, making it look not quite so much like a stinking pile of excrement to the selection committee. If you're a bubble team, you don't want to have a late-season blowout loss to another bubble team on your resume.
Now, mathematically only South Carolina can catch LSU in the standings, but we hold a tie-breaker over South Carolina. Though we still technically have clinched only a "share" of the title, I'm calling it now.
Congratulations to the Tigers and to Trent Johnson on a great achievement. Now, I really, really want to win the SEC Tournament. The last time LSU won the SEC Tournament was when Rudy Maclin was on the court for us. They beat a Kyle Macy-led Kentucky team by 2 to take the title. That team went on to the elite 8. I really don't remember that team. I was 5 years old when all that happened. We have not won the SEC Tournament in my memory. We've gotten close a couple times, but I really want this one.
It's still a mystery who LSU will play. Clearly, we are in the W1 position, which plays the winner of the opening game between W5 and E4. Right now W5 looks a lot like Alabama. E4 is still up for grabs. It could be Kentucky, Florida, or Tennessee right now, though South Carolina could still fall back into it too.