Arkansas down to No. 9 in Bracketology

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Arkansas’ SEC season begins in two days. With Christmas in the rearview, the Razorbacks’ season will be created or broken by everything that comes after.

A few short weeks ago, Arkansas was on top of the world. The Hogs were ranked inside the Top 10 in the national polls. They were a projected No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They were 9-0.

And even though coach Eric Musselman’s team snapped a two-game skid last time out against Elon before the holiday, their national standing has taken a bit of a hit. In Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology, released on Christmas Eve, the Razorbacks are a projected No. 9 seed.

That means they’re not quite in danger of falling out of the NCAA Tournament picture just yet. But a loss or two consecutively in SEC play, especially to start the conference, could put them in precarious position.

Arkansas travels to Mississippi State on January 29, hosts Vanderbilt on January 4 and then heads to Texas A&M on January 8. The Razorbacks are, on paper, better than all three teams, so a 2-1 start, at worst, is expected. Anything worse could be damaging.

The Bulldogs linger as a No. 11 seed, a team Lunardi has in a play-in game against Wake Forest. Other SEC teams seeded are Tennessee at No. 3, Kentucky at No. 4, LSU at No. 4, Alabama at No. 5, Auburn at No. 5 and Florida at No. 10. Arkansas plays those teams a total of eight times, including in seven of its last eight games during the regular-season.

Tip-off against Mississippi State is at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.