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NCAA Week 7 – Schedule and Links



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

*Meets marked SECN 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 SEC+ 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

[3] Utah @ [2] UCLA

The rivalry returns to UCLA this year as the eternal struggle rages on between these two teams to see just how much of a garbage fire of Real Housewives of New Jersey-based insults they can turn the comments sections of this site into. Our annual treat.

Supremacy has been swinging toward the Bruins in recent years, having come out ahead on 6 of the last 8 occasions when the two teams were on the floor at the same time, most recently last month in Reno. Utah’s two wins in that span both came last season: the infamous dual meet at Utah and the Pac-12 championship.

As is typical, the margins between the two should be slight, with the most important event for Utah to hit crisply—vault—expected to give us the best indication of how things will go early on in the meet. Utah needs a good vault, featuring some real sticks, to pick up ground on UCLA because Utah’s three 10.0 starts (Tessen, Merrell-Giles, and Skinner) are surer things than UCLA’s two (maybe three…?) 10.0 starts. Hall’s improvement in recent weeks has closed the gap for UCLA, but Utah will still be expect to land better and to win vault. If not, it’s going to be difficult to take this meet.

UCLA is the higher-ranked team on bars and beam, though bars presents an interesting dynamic because Utah’s lineup is probably the more even and complete of the two, but UCLA has the better individual routines at the end of of the lineup and the more likely 9.950+s. Those big scores from Ross and Lee typically turn bars in UCLA’s favor even if there’s a little 9.775-9.800 action happening in the early half.

A key in that lineup for UCLA will be Ohashi, who has been struggling on bars recently but also clenched her way through a nail-biter last week to get a 9.850. We know Ohashi’s ability on bars, so if that routine starts being real, it gives UCLA something closer to a complete group. Expect Ohashi to remain in the lineup regardless as there aren’t nearly as many options on bars as on the other events.

Really, the second half of the meet is where UCLA will expect to thrive, so even a tied meet at the halfway point would point in the Bruins’ favor. UCLA’s largest advantage over Utah comes on beam with that quite beautiful lineup and can really be matched only by Oklahoma. Nguyen, Glenn, Kocian, Ross, Ohashi, Lee is a six that can get a 9.900 from any spot and a 9.950 from most spots. That’s where UCLA will look to snatch up its primary supply of tenths.

On floor, Utah is #1 in the country with UCLA at #3, though with both teams scoring fairly equivalently, that tends to benefit the home team because of HOME FLOOR. That’s one of the reasons vault is so important for the Utes because floor—the other event where they’ve had the edge over UCLA this year—can’t necessarily be counted on as a scoring advantage in this one.

Florida @ Georgia
Georgia will be glad to get home this weekend, where the scores have been much more high-196 and much less low-196. Georgia will hope to improve the home scores by a few tenths in this one, even if the result is secondary because Florida enters as the heavy favorite. Florida would like to get a strong road score (something in the mid-197s) to bump up the potential RQS because there are still some weak road totals hanging around at the moment.

GymQuarters Mardi Gras Something or Other
This weekend’s big podium meet is the two-session GQ (GymQuarters, not Gentlemen’s Quarterly) Invite, which is also Mardi Gras-themed…to make LSU feel at home? I swear in a couple seasons every single one of LSU’s meets is going to be a Mardi Gras meet. DD’s like, “I have enough tops!”

LSU scored 197.700 at this meet last year, when all four competing teams recorded road season-highs to that point (and Oklahoma went 198.350—the fourth-highest score in team history). All involved would welcome a similar evaluation standard and similar fourth-highest scoring records this time around. It’s a two-meet weekend for LSU, returning home on Sunday to face TWU, with the goal of both meets being to remove that one error that’s been dragging down the scores and finally go into the high 197s. LSU is about two high-197s behind the rest of the top 5 and can erase that in one go with a big weekend.

Bart and Nadia Jamboree
Not to be outdone, the Perfect 10 Challenge, Presented by Nadia and Also Bart Is Here (he says with love) that Oklahoma gets to count as a road meet returns this season with Nebraska coming to town. Oklahoma is riding a streak of three-straight 198s, which I just realized—as far as a cursory glance at scoring records seems to indicate—has never happened before, and now the quest is on for a fourth straight, while Nebraska comes to town without a road 196 yet and slightly urgently needing to hit that number.

Cal @ Stanford
Oh, you crazy kids with your skateboards and your falling on bars most of the time. (I don’t know either…) Cal started the season with some disaster meets but used a 197.225 against UCLA to move up from 8th to 6th in the conference. That 6th is still too low, and the team will have its sights set on catching Arizona this week with a hit competition and its first vaguely usable road score. Tick tock. Based on last week, Cal looks like it has the higher scoring potential and enters this one as the favorite that can decide how it plays out based on hitting. Or just by watching Stanford do bars and then quitting because it doesn’t even matter anymore.

Stanford faked us out last week by pretending Kaylee Cole was suddenly going to do bars, which was a hilarious prank. I can’t wait to see what they’re planning next. One of those snakes in the can, except the snake is Taylor Rice? Home Alone it and just abandon Cal alone in the arena? It’s going to be great.

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