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Saturday Live Blog – March 6, 2021

Saturday, March 6
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – North Carolina @ William & Mary LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [19] Illinois @ [17] Iowa LINK BTN+
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – NC State @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [10] UCLA @ [9] Cal LINK FREE
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Arizona @ [7] Arizona State LINK FREE

The main thing we learned about the code yesterday is that controlled landings are no longer required if your first pass is a full-in, so I expect that to be maintained throughout every meet today. All that matters is that you did it and we’re so proud of you for trying, so we want to give you a 10 to make us all feel warm and gooey. Who cares if someone else is doing the exact same thing for 9.875? She’s not in front of us right now and therefore does not exist.

Onward and upward to Illinois and Iowa. I mentioned in the rankings post this week that Iowa’s score-scape could really use some similar drugs right now because the solid 196s that got the team into the top 10 a few weeks ago are now basically garbage scores because anyone who’s anyone gets a 197 for every cough. Though it will be tough to improve the current setup this week because Iowa already has two strong home scores of 196.800 and 196.775. So today would have to be better than that to count. Illinois, meanwhile, has a 196.075 to get rid of and could even pass Iowa in the rankings with a huge score today.

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Friday Live Blog – March 5, 2021

Friday, March 5
Scores Stream
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Nebraska @ [5] Minnesota LINK BTN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [14] Kentucky @ [18] Georgia LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – West Virginia @ Pittsburgh LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Towson, George Washington @ Temple LINK ESPN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Iowa State, Illinois State @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [8] Arkansas @ [12] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [11] BYU @ [2] Oklahoma LINK FSOK
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [4] Utah @ [23] Oregon State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Air Force   FREE
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [1] Florida @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [22] Missouri @ [3] LSU LINK SEC+

We’ve got quite a little meet logjam starting in the 8:00 ET/5:00 PT block, so I asked the twitter which meet I should focus on (in addition to Florida/Alabama, the top-ranked meet of the weekend), and the winner was Arkansas/Auburn in a landslide. So that will be the other stream I have open in a bigger window. This life.

In today’s earlier action, Minnesota went 197.400 and there was some sort of palace coup with Mya Hotten scoring 10.000 on floor even though it was the Ramler/Loper senior day. Ramler got two additional 9.975s to add to her collection, which now stands at 11 career 9.975s. Nebraska also went over 196 in this one, which was a significant development for their ranking, which looks slightly less scary now, though is still going to be in the 30s after this week.

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NCAA Week 9 Preview

Full schedule and links

Here’s a rundown of the various randoms I’m thinking about heading into the…second-to-last weekend before conference championships. You know, the big one.

UCLA @ Cal – Saturday afternoon is going to be a thing. In this season’s shifted hierarchy, UCLA currently ranks 4th in the Pac-12 to Cal’s 3rd, while Arizona State leapfrogged both to move into 2nd after last week’s two meets. It’s a different world. And yet in dual meet results so far, it’s pretty much been the same world. The normal expectations have held. UCLA and Cal have both defeated Arizona State and suffered their only losses in pretty tight meets away against Utah. Those are basically the results you would expect in any old season. This weekend, Cal will be eager to confirm that these shifted 2021 roles—where Cal is the numerical favorite against UCLA—are a real life thing with an actual win in a dual meet.

In practice, there hasn’t been much separating these #2, #3, and #4 teams in the conference in their scores all season. All three have been in the low 197s thus far for their good hits, so UCLA/Cal result—as well as their final season rankings—should be considered a toss-up. Arizona State hosts Arizona simultaneous to the UCLA/Cal meet, though ASU’s low home score is already a 197.150, which means there’s probably not a ton of room to continue improving that ranking this week. Meanwhile, UCLA is trying to drop a 196.600 and Cal is trying to drop a 196.075, so there’s clearer room for those two to raise their NQSs with quality performances in a bid to catch ASU.

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NCAA Week 9 – Schedule and Links

Wednesday, March 3
Scores Stream
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Rutgers @ Maryland LINK BTN+
Friday, March 5
Scores Stream
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Nebraska @ [5] Minnesota LINK BTN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [14] Kentucky @ [18] Georgia LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – West Virginia @ Pittsburgh LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Towson, George Washington @ Temple LINK ESPN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Iowa State, Illinois State @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [8] Arkansas @ [12] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [11] BYU @ [2] Oklahoma LINK FSOK
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [4] Utah @ [23] Oregon State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Air Force   FREE
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [1] Florida @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [22] Missouri @ [3] LSU LINK SEC+
Saturday, March 6
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – North Carolina @ William & Mary LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [19] Illinois @ [17] Iowa LINK BTN+
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – NC State @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [10] UCLA @ [9] Cal LINK FREE
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Arizona @ [7] Arizona State LINK FREE
Sunday, March 7
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Towson @ George Washington LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Iowa State, Air Force, Bowling Green @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Ball State @ Kent State LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers @ [21] Ohio State LINK BTN+
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – [2] Oklahoma, Centenary @ TWU   TWU($)
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – [24] Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Lindenwood @ Illinois State   ESPN+
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [15] Southern Utah, [20] Utah State @ [13] Denver LINK DU($)
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – LIU @ Temple LINK ESPN+
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [16] Boise State, Stanford @ Washington LINK FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

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Top Scores of Week 8

For the top scores of week 8, it’s the 39 routines that got a 10.000, a 10 from one judge, or a consensus 9.950 from both judges. Deep breath.

The 10.000s

Lexy Ramler – Vault – Minnesota

Trinity Thomas – Bars – Florida

Trinity Thomas – Floor – Florida

The 9.975s

Lexy Ramler – Bars – Minnesota

Lynnzee Brown – Floor – Denver

Cally Nixon – Bars – Kentucky

Ellie Lazzari – Beam – Florida

Leah Clapper – Beam – Florida

Abbey Miner-Alder – Floor – BYU

Maile O’Keefe – Beam – Utah

Sierra Brooks – Vault – Michigan

The 9.950s

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