No. 10 Nebraska at No. 2 Michigan
Saturday, Feb. 8 | 6 p.m. CST
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
The No. 10 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the first time to face reigning NCAA champions, No. 2 Michigan. The face-off will take place in the Cliff Keen Arena at 6 p.m. CST. Fans who can’t make it to the meet will be able to view live results on Michigan's athletics website, MGoBlue.com. They can also follow the team on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym) for live updates throughout the meet.
Scouting the No. 2 Wolverines
A Glance at Michigan
Head Coach: Kurt Golder
2013 Record: 11-2
2013 NCAA Finish: 1st
No. 2 Michigan began their season with a first-place victory at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 19. The Wolverines continued their success with two more victories, first against Stanford, California and Washington on Jan. 25 in Palo Alto, Calif., then at home against Ohio State on Feb. 1. Their three-meet average score is 438.367, just over four points behind nation-leader Oklahoma.
The Huskers will return to the midwest to face No. 10 Iowa and No. 7 Minnesota in Iowa City, Iowa, on Feb. 15. Nebraska will then get a week off before flying to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Minnesota and Iowa at the Arnold Challenge. The meet will be held St. John Arena at 2 p.m. CST.
Last Time Out: NU Earns Career Highs on the Road
The No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team faced conference foes No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 Illinois at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night. They earned a team score of 420.700, finishing in third behind Minnesota (435.000) and Illinois (432.700).
Junior Grant Perdue continued to lead the Huskers, earning top scores amongst the team on floor and vault. Perdue earned a 14.60 on floor, followed by a 14.80 on vault. His vault performance placed him in the top five among all individual competitiors at the triangular.
Junior Robbie Kocks continued to hold on to the team lead on still rings, earning a 14.85. He was closely followed by senior C.J. Schaaf, who grabbed a score of 14.80 for his routine.
NU saw team scores above 70 on four of their six events, earning above a 71 on floor, rings and vault. They earned a 70.400 on high bar, a 68.450 on parallel bars and a 66.500 on pommel horse.
Nebraska Falls to No. 10 in Rankings
The Huskers dropped to tenth in the national rankings after their third meet of the season. Nebraska also stayed at sixth in the Big Ten rankings. Oklahoma continued to dominate the rankings for the fourth week in a row with an three-meet average team score of 442.717. Michigan held onto second, followed by Ohio State, Illinois and Stanford.
Nebraska stayed within the top ten in four events. They ranked seventh on pommel horse and still rings and tenth on parallel bars and high bar. NU just missed the mark on floor and vault, coming in at eleventh behind Army and Air Force respectively.
Individually, six Huskers finished the week in the national rankings. Junior Robbie Kocks dropped to No. 7 on rings. Senior Donovan Arndt dropped from the top 20 after only having competed in two meets.
Eric Schryver dropped to fifteenth on pommel horse, tied with Oklahoma's Alec Robin with a three-score average score of 14.50. Sophomore and returning All-American Sam Chamberlain moved up to the No. 11 spot on the parallel bars rankings after his 14.90 performance in Minnesota.
Junior Grant Perdue claimed a spot on both the floor (No. 17) and vault ranks (No. 15). Senior C.J. Schaaf dropped out of the all-around list, but moved into the vault ranks, coming in at No. 19 with a three-meet average of 14.633.