NCAA Week 10 – Schedule and Links

Thursday, March 8 Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT ¬– New Hampshire @ Bridgeport
Friday, March 9 Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [13] Nebraska @ [5] Florida  LINK  SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [2] LSU @ [24] NC State LINK  ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Kent State  LINK  ESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Maryland, Penn @ Temple  FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [19] Missouri, Iowa @ [25] Iowa State  LINK  ISU($)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Centenary @ SEMO  LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [6] Alabama v. [16] Auburn (@ Huntsville, AL)  FLO
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [10] Arkansas, [12] Arizona State, [15] Denver @ [1] Oklahoma  LINK  FSGo
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – North Carolina, San Jose State, Air Force @ Arizona LINK
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ [9] Washington  LINK  FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Penn State, Utah State, TWU @ [21] BYU  LINK  FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [20] Cal, [22] Minnesota, Alaska @ Sacramento State  LINK
Saturday, March 10 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – DIII East Regional
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [4] Utah @ [7] Michigan  LINK  BTN
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Towson @ William & Mary  LINK  FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [14] Boise State @ [17] Georgia  LINK  SEC+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Ball State @ Western Michigan  LINK
5:30 ET/2:30 PT – Michigan State @ [11] Oregon State  LINK  FREE
Sunday, March 11 Scores Stream
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Bridgeport, Cornell, West Chester, Southern Connecticut @ Maryland  LINK  BTN+
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Virginia, Pittsburgh @ [18] George Washington  LINK  GW($)
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [8] Kentucky, Brown, Yale @ New Hampshire  LINK  ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, Lindenwood @ Temple  FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Central Michigan, NC State @ [23] Ohio State  OSU($)
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [25] Illinois, Nothern Illinois, Illinois State @ Illinois-Chicago  LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [3] UCLA @ Stanford P12N
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [20] Cal @ UC Davis  LINK  FREE
Tuesday, March 13 Scores Stream
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Western Michigan  LINK
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – San Jose State @ [3] UCLA  P12N

*Meets marked 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 SEC+, ACC+, or FSGo may be streamed 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 Meets

[4] Utah @ [7] Michigan
Our top-10 dual meet for the weekend sees Utah come off its little vacation for a clash in which Utah will be the favorite but Michigan is nonetheless in with a solid shot. At least, we’ve seen Michigan score at home what Utah tends to score on the road, if that’s any indication. Which it isn’t. Nothing matters.

Critical for Michigan, as I’ll keep talking about through the rest of the season, is enduring vault. Those early Michigan Yfulls could conceivably drop a tenth each to Utah’s fulls, which would be extremely difficult to recover from. Michigan needs to get through the first three vaults with 9.800s, and then go 9.850s-9.900s for Zaziski, Townsend, and McLean, to stay in contention.

On a good day for the Wolverines, you can see Brown and Zaziski keeping bars on pace with Utah, but where Michigan will really look to make a move is in the second half of the meet—because of beam. Beam is the one event on which Michigan is ranked higher and an event where the dance elements are stronger overall and the form a little crisper. Michigan will like its second-half chances at a home meet but can’t allow a deficit to grow to any size in the first half.

The scores are not too, too important for either team in this one. Utah is pretty safe in that top-5 group already, and while Michigan needs to do a little more to ensure staying in that 6-7 regional, that work will be done mostly at the Big Five and conference championship meets. It would, however, be nice to get a 197 out of this to make things a little smoother heading to the final meets.

Oklahoma quad
It’s an Oklahoma quad meet, but Oklahoma’s performance will be the least interesting part of this one as three other teams have been invited town, all currently in tenuous ranking positions and all jockeying for the best regional placement.

Arkansas currently sits 10th, Arizona State 12th, and Denver 15th, though they could finish in any order in this one, none of which would be surprises. Denver has the most to prove in this meet with the weakest cumulative road scores of the three so far, and the most riding on this meet because that ranking of 15th is not safe enough. Those teams that finish 16-17-18 are going to get dropped into some really nasty regional muck, where they’ll be asked to beat a 197 team to make nationals. With teams like Cal, Georgia, and Missouri still threatening to move up and out of that zone, someone else would have to go into it.

If Denver hits, getting a big road score to secure a better ranking—one that challenges Arizona State, which has a lower peak RQS after this meet—shouldn’t be a problem, but hitting, especially on the road, has been an issue this season.

Nebraska @ Florida
A critical player in this ranking dance is Nebraska. Nebraska is currently ranked 13th but heads into Florida with a 195.6 road score to drop. And did I mention being at Florida. It would be an upset if Nebraska doesn’t get a 197 this weekend, which is going to put a lot of pressure on that Kentucky/Arkansas group to keep getting big score to keep what currently look like fairly comfortable #2 seedings.

Plus Florida, in its home finale, will be tasked with answering the age-old question, are you…like…good this year? Because you’re supposed to win the championship or something, but it keeps being all 196. Also, it’s Alex McMurtry’s senior night. So just…gird your loins or whatever.

DIII East Regionals
Last weekend, UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater, and Hamline became the three teams advancing to DIII nationals out of the west. Now, it’s the chance to Brockport, Ithaca, Ursinus, Cortland, Springfield, and Rhode Island to determine who the other three will be. Brockport and Ithaca are the two that have broken into the 191s so far this year, are ranked higher, and will be favored, but it should be a real fight for the other spot with Ursinus, Cortland, and Springfield very much in it.

Danger zone watch

Central Michigan – Oh, for that day in January when you were #3. CMU has struggled to get the scores lately, and traveling last weekend for a critical two-meet road stretch without Denelle Pedrick proved a challenge too far. Central Michigan currently sits in 35th and will compete in its final road meet of the season this weekend with a 194.625 road score that must be dropped in order to get out of the danger zone. Even just a mid-195 would take a ton of the pressure off in the regionals race, but that result has to happen. Another 194 would be trouble. CMU’s score against Ohio State on Sunday is among the most significant results to watch this weekend as it will determine the regionals fate not just of Central Michigan but a few other teams on the bubble.

North Carolina – Despite being good this season and ranked SIXTH on floor, UNC finds itself sitting outside the top 36 right now. Almost entirely because of bars. The buffer is now gone. With three meets remaining, North Carolina needs three scores at least in the 195.6+ zone to have a good shot at feeling safe.

6 thoughts on “NCAA Week 10 – Schedule and Links”

  1. Anyone know the status of Pedrick? I know someone said she hurt her knee but CMU is not even bringing up her name in articles and i commented on the article and my comment was removed! Its like she does not exist

    1. Someone commented on a Facebook group that she went home to a funeral last weekend. Not sure about her injury status.

      1. She was on crutches at the meet we saw her get hurt…she said it was her knee.

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