NCAA Week 5 – Schedule and Links

 

Friday, February 2 Scores Stream
1:30 ET/10:30 PT – TWU @ Centenary  LINK  CC($)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [5] Florida @ [17] Auburn LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Southern Utah @ [20] Central Michigan LINK  ESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – North Carolina @ New Hampshire LINK  FREE
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Eastern Michigan LINK EMU($)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – West Virginia, Northern Illinois, Yale @ [24] Iowa State  LINK ISU($)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Western Michigan @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ Hamline
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Iowa @ Illinois LINK BTN+
FLO
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [6] Kentucky @ [2] LSU LINK SECN
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [8] Arkansas @ [10] Alabama  LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [16] Boise State @ Utah State  LINK  FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [21] Stanford, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis  LINK  FREE
Saturday, February 3 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Penn @ Cornell Ivy($)
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut  SC($)
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – NC State, Towson, Temple @ Pittsburgh LINK ACC+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [23] Missouri @ [14] Georgia  LINK SECN
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [15] Washington @ [3] Utah  LINK P12N
5:30 ET/2:30 PT – [12] Arizona State @ [13] Oregon State  LINK  P12N
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ohio State, West Chester, UW-Whitewater @ Rutgers  LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [22] Minnesota @ [9] Nebraska LINK  UNL
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [18] BYU, Bowling Green, Ball State @ [11] Denver  LINK
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State, Air Force @ Alaska  LINK  FREE
Sunday, February 4 Scores Stream
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Bridgeport, Rhode Island @ Brown
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Cortland @ Springfield  FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Penn State @ Michigan State  LINK  BTN
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Kent State, William & Mary, UW-Oshkosh @ [25] George Washington  LINK  GW
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ithaca @ Brockport  FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Maryland @ [7] Michigan  LINK BTN+
FLO
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – TWU @ Centenary  LINK CC($)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [4] UCLA  LINK  ESPN
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [19] Arizona @ Cal  LINK
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Lindenwood, Winona State @ Illinois State
Monday, February 5 Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ursinus @ West Chester

*Meets marked ESPN, SECN, BTN, or P12N will be broadcast live on TV and may also be streamed online for those who have cable-subscriber log-ins or subscriptions to participating Sling, Roku whatnots.

*Meets marked SECN+ or ACC+ may be streamed on the WatchESPN app for those who have cable-subscriber log-ins or subscriptions to participating Sling, Roku whatnots.

*Meets marked ESPN3 may be streamed on the WatchESPN app for those who have a participating ISP.

*Meets marked BTN+/FLO may be streamed either through a paid subscription to BTN+ ($10/month) or a paid subscription to FloGymnastics ($30/month).

*Meets marked [School]$ are streamed through school-specific services and require a subscription to that school’s web streaming.

*Meets marked FREE are streamed through school-specific services and require no log-in or subscription fee.


Marquee Meet

 [1] Oklahoma @ [4] UCLA

It’ssssss a big one. We know that because the meet will be televised live on Big ESPN, a fairly significant coup for NCAA gymnastics in what is probably some astute Super Bowl Sunday counter-programming that will be welcomed by almost all. Cut to Miss Val: “Um…I choose the Super Bowl.”

This needs to become a tradition, an annual marathon of big rivalry meets framed opposite the Super Bowl. UCLA has already taken to calling it Super Beam Sunday.

…we’ll work on the name.

After the incident at Florida last weekend, you should be worried about the scoring. I know I am. Exactly nothing about this meet screams “level-headed scrutiny” or “I’ve read the code of points.”

In the pre-season, this looked like it would be a fun but fairly predictable competition: Oklahoma as the heavy favorite and UCLA doing what it could to draft off the back of Oklahoma’s scores and get a usable total. That’s probably still the case, but the Bruins’ success in the first few meets of the year indicates that this should be a bit closer than it might previously have appeared. While both teams are excellent on beam, this UCLA lineup is capable of outscoring Oklahoma’s depending on the day. Plus, given some of the depletion for Oklahoma on floor—and UCLA getting to end on HOME FLOOR—it’s not unreasonable to think the Bruins could have a scoring edge there as well.

Oklahoma’s real advantage comes in the first half of the meet, where a nearly full lineup of Y1.5s and the potential for a bunch of scores over 9.900 provide the opportunity to gain a significant edge over UCLA’s vault lineup. UCLA’s vault is staying afloat much better than last year, but it’s still not at the same level in difficulty or execution as Oklahoma’s. The ability level between the two teams is closer on bars, but Oklahoma has shown crisper execution and landings so far this year and will expect the higher score there. Bars will be telling, though. If UCLA can use big Ross/Lee scores to keep things close on bars and close at the halfway point, we’ve got ourselves a meet.


Arkansas @ Alabama

A test. A serious test. This wasn’t necessarily supposed to be a schedule highlight going into the season, but Arkansas is already breaking program records, while at the same time some “wait, is Alabama…like…bad this year?” clouds have started gathering.

Because of that, it’s a significantly more important meet for Alabama than for Arkansas, with Alabama needing to use home-gym advantage to start finding those 197s. Nothing says that the Tide needs to be at postseason level yet, but we do need to start seeing the potential for competitive April lineups and composition, even if the individual routines aren’t 9.9ing yet. Could they 9.9 eventually? In a few recent lineups, especially on vault and floor, the answer to that has looked like no. We need to see more yes.

Arkansas doesn’t have a lot to prove here—Arkansas losing to Alabama wouldn’t exactly be a headline—but the meet will be telling with regard to how (or whether) those big home numbers can be maintained on the road against a team that is, on paper, stronger. Is the entire beam lineup still 9.9s when directly compared to the Alabama beam team?

Arizona State @ Oregon State

Basically copy that part about Arkansas and put it here because Arizona State is in a very similar position in the Pac-12. There are no expectations on Sun Devils, but they come into this meet as the higher-ranked team with what is at least a possibility of defeating one of the perennial Big 4 in the conference. But when these two are directly compared by the same judges, does Arizona State still look like a 196.8 team?

Missouri @ Georgia

This one will be fascinating, a meet between two teams that won’t be totally happy with how they’ve started the season. Missouri should be good enough this year to have nationals aspirations but has thrown in a couple 194s already, and while Georgia looks like it’s starting to find its 196 feet, there’s no shortage of drama, both on the competition floor (five people…) and off. We would expect nothing less. The latest: Charlie Tamayo got fired.

“I have performance expectations for myself, my assistants, our student-athletes, and all the staff members in the gymnastics program. Those performance expectations were not being met at an acceptable level.”

Ba-damn.

 

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15 thoughts on “NCAA Week 5 – Schedule and Links”

  1. If the staff isn’t clicking its better for Courtney to confront it now before the season is over and then she does it. I can tell she really knows what she is looking for and wants the best for her girls and wants them to do the best. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

    Who thinks she’ll bring Doug back?

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    1. Doug would be excellent! He would help a lot on vault.

      Also, I wonder if it was more than a coaching/ job performance issue. If it’s coaching, I suspect they would wait until after the season. I think there had to be either a major personality conflict that got worse during the season or some other type of issue (HR-related maybe).

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  2. Technically the Oklahoma@UCLA meet isn’t SuperBowl counter-programming since the football game starts at 3:30pm Pacific time–one hour after the gymnastics meet ends. That leaves PLENTY of time to get from Pauley Pavilion in Westwood back home to watch the football game since there is NEVER heavy traffic in Los Angeles! 😉

    Hopefully this OK@UCLA ESPN meet will be more competitive than the SuperBowl!

    UCLA has announced this as a teal-colored “Together We Rise” meet honoring survivors of sexual abuse.

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  3. Could you believe that OUTRAGEOUS over-scoring at the Oklahoma-UCLA meet?? There is no way that the final handstand on that 10.0 bars routine was vertical enough…no way. That beam routine with the bobble was certainly NOT 10.0 worthy! And those landings on that 10.0 floor routine were not solid…both feet were sliding for sure. Very disappointing over-scoring indeed.

    Oh wait, the meet hasn’t even been held yet…never mind…just reread this message after the meet. Thanks.

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    1. In honor of the super bowl; over under 3 10.0s during the OU-UCLA meet???

      Considering there are at least 7 gymnasts who have previously scored tens in this meet it could get WILD. I fully expect UCLA to go like 49.7 on beam while OU does the same on vault. UCLA home floor will be an amazing time and i cannot wait for the insanity score that we see.

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      1. Wow a lot of haters. I wonder if these really the same people that complained about the OU vs. UF meet last week. Zzzzzz

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      2. Laquita, I think that people are just poking fun at all the complaints about scoring. I think at this point, we could all lighten up about it. Myself included.

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