No. 12 Nebraska vs. No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Iowa and No. 10 Air Force
Saturday, March 15 | 4 p.m. CST
Lincoln, Neb. (Bob Devaney Sports Center)
The No. 12 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team finishes out their 2014 regular season with an action-packed senior night. The meet will take place at Bob Devaney Sports Center at 4 p.m. CST. Live stats will be available on Huskers.com. 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. 5 Golden Gophers
A Glance at Minnesota Head Coach: Mike Burns
2013 Record: 9-7
2013 NCAA Finish: 4th/6 (Session 1)
Since their last meeting, Minnesota traveled to University Park, Penn., to fact the No. 8 Penn State team on March 1. The Golden Gophers struggled on the road, falling to the Nitanny Lions with a score of 431.500. They then returned home for senior night, hosting No. 7 Iowa and Brockport at the Sports Pavillion. The earned a score of 427.750 to finish out their 2014 home schedule.
Scouting the No. 6 Illini
A Glance at Illinois
Head Coach: Justin Spring
2013 Record: 8-7
2013 NCAA Finish: 6th
Since the last time they faced off with the Huskers, Illinois continued with their challenging road schedule, including a win at Iowa (433.350) and a loss at Penn State (431.150). Illinois hosted UIC on March 8 for their senior night, earning a score of 427.850.
Scouting the No. 7 Hawkeyes
A Glance at Iowa
Head Coach: JD Reive
2013 Record: 7-12
2013 NCAA Finish: 5th
Since Iowa last saw Nebraska at the Arnold Challenge, Iowa traveled to Minnesota to face the No. 5 Golden Gophers. The Hawkeyes set two individual records at the meet, finishing with a team score of 426.450. Iowa has been on the road since February 15, when they hosted Minnesota and Nebraska for senior night.
Scouting the No. 10 Air Force Academy Falcons
A Glance at the Air Force Academy
Head Coach: Kip Simons
2013 Record: 9-4
2013 NCAA Finish: N/A
The last time the Air Force Falcons faced Nebraska was at the Huskers' last home meet on January 25. Since then, the team has seen a streak of wins, starting with a triangular victory at the All-Academy Championships on Feb. 1. The Falcons then hosted Minnesota for their second home meet of the season. They finished with a team score of 431.550. Air Force then traveled to Army (417.850) and the Temple Triangular (424.550), winning both meets. The Falcons rounded out their schedule with two consecutive home meets, both times hosting the UIC Flames. They won both meets, the first time earning a score of 423.800, then a 439.700 for their senior night.
NU will take a week off before hosting the six other conference teams at the Big Ten Championships on March 28-29. Championships competition starts on Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. CST with the team and all-around finals competiton. Individuals will qualify from the first night's competition to move into the individual finals competition on Saturday, March 29 at 4 p.m. CST. Both meets will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Last Time Out: Kocks Sets New School Record on Rings
The No. 12 Nebraska men's gymnastics team traveled to Oklahoma University for their final away meed of the regular season. The Huskers competed against No. 1 Oklahoma at the McCasland Field House at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday. NU earned a team score of 422.050.
Kocks earned a 15.55 on his rings routine, besting the 15.50 school record that had been set by Anthony Ingrelli in 2008. Lottman finished second overall on pommel horse and Kocks took home second on rings. Perdue just barely inched onto the vault podium, taking home third overall.
Nebraska Drops to No. 12 in National Rankings
The Huskers held their twelfth-place standing in the national rankings after their seventh meet of the season. This kept Nebraska at seventh in the Big Ten rankings for the sixth week in a row. Oklahoma topped the rankings for the ninth week in a row with a three-meet average team score of 443.283. Stanford held onto second, keeping Michigan in third. Ohio State and Minnesota rounded out the top five.
Despite Kocks' record-setting performance in Oklahoma, Nebraska dropped out of the top ten on still rings, where they came in at eleventh. The Huskers also ranked eleventh on pommel horse. They moved up to tenth on parallel bars, while keeping twelth place rankings on high bar, vault and floor.
Individually, two Huskers finished the week in the top twenty on the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks made the still rings list for the ninth week in a row. His 15.55 performance pushed him up to No. 9 in the nation, where he's tied with Michigan's Jordan Gaarenstroom.
Junior Grant Perdue jumped up to No. 13 on floor, tied with Iowa's Matthew Loochtan with a four meet average score of 15.033.