By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Even though the NCAA Tournament is nearly a month-and-a-half away, it’s never too early for fans to begin taking a look ahead to the upcoming March Madness. On Monday, ESPN women’s basketball bracketology expert Charlie Creme released his latest predictions.
Right now, Creme has eight Southeastern Conference teams predicted to earn berths to the upcoming NCAA Tournament, with Kentucky and Tennessee both earning No. 2 national seeds. The No. 2 seed would tie for the highest in UK history with the 1982 team, but that year the tournament included just 32 squads.
Creme also predicts that fellow SEC teams Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all will make the tournament field. As of his current predictions, the Big 12, BIG EAST and SEC would each have eight teams in the tournament field.
Creme’s Bracketology – SEC Teams (as of 1/30/12)
Arkansas: No. 8 seed – Bridgeport (Kingston Regional)
Florida: No. 12 seed – West Lafayette (Raleigh Regional)
Georgia: No. 5 seed – Little Rock (Des Moines Regional)
Kentucky: No. 2 seed – Tallahassee (Raleigh Regional)
LSU: No. 12 seed – Baton Rouge (Fresno Regional)
South Carolina: No. 7 seed – Norfolk (Kingston Regional)
Tennessee: No. 2 seed – Chapel Hill (Fresno Regional)
Vanderbilt: No. 7 seed – Nashville (Des Moines Regional)
Creme’s Bracketology – No. 1 Seeds (as of 1/30/12)
• Notre Dame
Creme’s Bracketology – No. 2 Seeds (as of 1/30/12)