BATON ROUGE — Women rule when it comes to basketball in Louisiana.
LSU, Southern and Southeastern have all earned bids to the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. ULL is the only men’s basketball team from Louisiana to make the NCAA basketball tournament.
LSU ready to dance in Baton Rouge
Kim Mulkey’s LSU Tigers earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Lady Tigers will open their tournament run against the No. 14 seeded Hawaii on their home court at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday.
The Lady Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 28-2 record. The Lady Tigers are ranked 9th in the AP Top 25 poll after an early elimination in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
LSU is hoping to make improvements from last year’s tournament when, despite the No. 3 seed, lost in the second round of the tournament.
SWAC Champs Southern ready to dance
After winning the SWAC championship, the Southern University women’s basketball team punched their ticket to March Madness.
This was the sixth SWAC championship for the Lady Jags.
The Lady Jags still have some work to do. They will take on Sacred Heart in the 16-seed play-in game to get a spot in the big dance. That game is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Stanford, Calif. The winner of that game advances to take on No. 1 seed Stanford Saturday in the Seattle 4 Regional at Stanford.
Southeastern celebrates first Southland Conference Tournament win
For the first time in school history, the Southeastern Louisiana University Lady Lions are headed to the Big Dance.
The Lady Lions (21-9) outscored Lamar, 39-21, in the second half on the way to a 66-57 victory in the championship game of the Jersey Mike’s 2023 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Championships Thursday evening at the Legacy Center.
The Lady Lions will take on No. 2 seed Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday. The Lady Lions are in the Seattle 4 bracket. Game time is TBD.
ULL going dancing in Orlando
The ULL men’s basketball team will be dancing in Orlando after winning the Sun Belt Conference championship.
The Ragin’ Cajuns enter the tournament a No. 13 seed and will face-off against No. 4 seeded Tennessee Thursday at 8:40 p.m.
The Cajuns are the highest seeded SBC team to make the tournament since Arkansas-Little Rock in 2016.
This will be the third matchup against the Cajuns and the Vols. The Vols have won the previous two meetings.