Mississippi State Basketball Closing in on Lock Status in Latest Bracketology

Mississippi State basketball is on the verge of locking up a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Where are they in the latest bracketology?

Feb 27, 2024; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward D.J. Jeffries (0)
Feb 27, 2024; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward D.J. Jeffries (0) / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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Mississippi State basketball is looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season for the first time since 2008-2009. After a slow start to conference play, the Bulldogs reeled-off five-straight wins to put themselves in great position to return to the Big Dance. State has since lost their last two, most recently a 78-63 loss at Auburn.

Still, MSU remains in great shape to get back to the tournament. Neither of their recent losses were damaging to their resume, and with a solid overall profile, they're on the verge of locking-up an at-large bid. But they're not fully safe yet.

Bracketologists agree that Mississippi State basketball still has a little work to do in this final week of the regular season if they want to assure they're in the tournament. Let's look at where the Bulldogs are projected in the latest bracketology.

Mississippi State basketball in updated bracketology

ESPN: 9-seed, Midwest Region

CBS Sports: 10-seed, East Region

FOX Sports: 9-seed, Midwest Region

Andy Katz: 9-seed, Midwest Region

Bracketometry 9-seed, East Region

Bracketeer: 8-seed, South Region

Bracketville: 8-seed, South Region

Making the Madness: 9-seed, Midwest Region

Heat Check CBB: 9-seed, East Region

USA Today: 8-seed, South Region

JBR Bracketology: 9-seed, Midwest Region

T3 Bracketology: 9-seed

Bracket Matrix Average: 9-seed

Takeaways from Mississippi State basketball's bracketology projections

Mississippi State basketball is a consensus NCAA Tournament team right now, with nearly every bracketologist having them on the 8/9 line. This is an slight drop from where they were the last time we looked at bracketology, when several brackets had the Bulldogs as a 7-seed.

Neither the loss to Kentucky nor Auburn hurt Mississippi State's resume. The reason for the minor fall is merely from other teams around them jumping them. Regardless, MSU still finds itself off the bubble at the moment. At this point, they'd need things to really fall apart to miss the tournament.

Still, we cannot call them a lock because if they were to lose out, there's a real possibility that enough teams could jump them in the field that they'd fall out. That's unlikely, but we can't rule it out. But if State can add one more win, they'll be safely locked-in the the NCAA Tournament.

Mississippi State basketball can end any speculation about reaching March Madness with a win at Texas A&M Wednesday night.