By NU Athletic Communications
No. 12 Nebraska at No. 1 Oklahoma
Sunday, March 9 | 4 p.m. CST
Norman, Okla. (McCasland Field House)
The No. 12 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team finishes out their 2014 road schedule facing the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The meet will take place at McCasland Field House at 4 p.m. CST. The meet will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports Atlantic, as well as on SoonerSports Network TV. Fans who can’t make it to the meet can also follow the team on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym) for live updates throughout the meet.
Scouting the No. 1 Sooners
A Glance at Oklahoma
Head Coach: Mark Williams
2013 Record: 10-2
2013 NCAA Finish: 2nd
Since their last meeting with the Huskers, No. 1 Oklahoma continued on a path of success throughout their regular season. The team won four straight meets after the Rocky Mountain Open. The Sooners experienced their first loss on Feb. 14 to No. 2 Stanford at the Metroplex Challenge.
Oklahoma has not seen team competition since their loss, due to the 2014 Winter Cup, followed by a bye week. OU junior Alec Robin tied with Stanford gymnast Eddie Penev for the floor title at the Winter Cup. There were nine past and present Oklahoma gymnasts to compete in the final night at the event.
NU will return home for their senior night meet on March 15. The Huskers will face off against Iowa, Minnesota, Air Force and Illinois for their last meet of the regular season. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The team will then take a week off before hosting the six other conference teams at the Big Ten Championships on March 28-29.
Last Time Out: Huskers Take Home Season High on Floor
The No. 11 Nebraska men's gymnastics team traveled to Ohio State University for the 2014 Arnold Challenge. The Huskers competed against No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team at St. John Arena at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday. NU earned a team score of 424.750, finishing in fourth behind the Wolverines (437.500), the Hawkeyes (431.600) and the Buckeyes (429.500).
The team earned the best team score on floor exercise, beating out second place, Iowa, by 1.15 points. The 73.950 score marked their best on the event for this season. Junior Grant Perdue claimed the only top three individual finish for the Huskers, claiming second on floor. Travis Gollott (4th, floor) and Wyatt Aycock (4th, parallel bars) finished in the top five individually.
Nebraska Drops to No. 12 in National Rankings
Despite an almost 2 point increase in their average team score, the Huskers dropped to twelfth in the national rankings after their sixth meet of the season. This kept Nebraska at seventh in the Big Ten rankings for the fifth week in a row. Oklahoma topped the rankings for the eighth week in a row with a three-meet average team score of 445.050. Stanford moved into second, bumping Michigan to third. Ohio State and Penn State rounded out the top five.
Nebraska stayed within the top ten on still rings, where they came in at tenth. The Huskers came in eleventh on parallel bars, twelfth on floor, pommel horse and high bar and thirteenth on vault.
Individually, four different Huskers finished the week in the top twenty on the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks made the still rings list for the eighth week in a row, keeping his No. 13 spot for the second week.
Eric Schryver dropped out of the pommel horse, but moved into the top 20 on high bar. He tied for 19th with Air Force's Chase Canon with a 3 meet average of 14.717.
Junior Grant Perdue held his No. 18 spot on floor, while senior C.J. Schaaf dropped to sixteenth in the all-around with an average of 82.550.