LSU needs a lot of help to make the tournament. Centenary and Louisiana Tech have to win their conference tournaments to get in and you would think Northwestern State and Grambling State would have to do the same.
But here's the difference: NSU and Grambling can win their conference tournaments. NSU is leading the SLC's Eastern Division and Grambling is in second in the SWAC.
So if you're a betting man on Feb. 11, you'd have to conclude the Demons and the Tigers are the area's best bets.