No. 10 Nebraska v. No. 3 Oklahoma
Sunday, March 3 | 1 p.m. CST
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Track Area)
The No. 10 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team returns to Lincoln for their final two home meets of the 2013 season to face the third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. After a close opening meet against the Sooners, the Huskers hope to be the first to upset the powerhouse since the Stanford Open. NU will compete in the track facilities inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center on March 3. The meet is set to kick off at 1 p.m. CST. Live stats will be available on Huskers.com for those who are unable to attend the meet. Fans who can’t make it to the meet can also follow the Huskers on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym) for live updates from the meet.
The Huskers look to earn their second win of the season Sunday. NU dominated at their home opener against UIC, claiming the top spots both individually and as a team on all six events, as well as in the individual all-around. Since then, Nebraska has failed to overcome its opponent by the end of the meet. The Huskers faced Oklahoma twice during the 2012 regular season, most recently on March 17, 2012, in Norman, Okla.
Scouting the Sooners
A Glance at Oklahoma
Head Coach: Mark Williams
2013 Record: 13-1
2013 High Score: 443.350 (vs. Minnesota, 2/16/13)
No. 3 Oklahoma has remained inside the top thee nationally for the past four weeks. The Sooners saw their first and only loss of the season at the Stanford Open on Jan. 19. The Stanford Cardinals rose above Oklahoma by almost five points during the second week in the 2013 season. Oklahoma responded to the loss by dominating the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, the following weekend. The Sooners then continued their dominance as they beat Iowa on the road and Minnesota and Air Force at home. Minnesota provided the most competition for Oklahoma, coming within 10 points of the third-ranked team.
Nebraska will host their first triangular meet against Big Ten rivals Iowa and Minnesota after facing the Sooners this Sunday. The senior night meet will be held on March 16 at 7 p.m. Due to construction in the arena, the triangular will be held on the track in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The meet will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Last Time Out: Huskers Fall to Iowa
Hoping to come out of their two week hiatus with a bang, No. 10 Nebraska battled with the No. 8 Hawkeyes throughout the night. After gaining the lead halfway through the meet, the Huskers fell to Iowa by two points.
After earning his first collegiate individual podium against Minnesota, sophomore Louis Klein continued to prove himself as one of the Huskers’ lead athletes on floor. He grabbed the event title, his first ever, helping NU sweep the top three spots. His 15.20 also improved his three score average, bumping him back into the NCAA top 20 on floor. He came back into the rankings by claiming the No. 16 spot.
Teammates Mark Ringle and Grant Perdue tied for second. They both scored a solid 15.05 on the event. Nebraska dominated the Hawkeyes on the event, finishing almost 2 points higher than them on floor.
NU aslo claimed the top team score on parallel bars. Coming into the meet, Iowa ranked five positions higher nationally on the apparatus, boasting a team average of 71.767. Nebraska excelled on the event in Carver Hawkeye Arena, though, beating Iowa by 1.2 points.
Freshman Sam Chamberlain led the team on the event, posting his highest score on the event (14.85). He was followed by Ringle, junior Eric Schaaf and all-arounder CJ Schaaf.
Nebraska took home top three individual finishes on all of the events except rings, where they struggled to gain momentum. Schryver took home the only other individual event title, claiming the top spot on horse with his 14.60 routine.
Despite falling to Iowa, the Huskers posted their highest team score of the season. NU’ 425.400 surpassed their score of 423.300, which they earned at their home opener against UIC on Jan. 27. Nebraska’s highest scoring rotation of the night was on floor (73.450), while their lowest scoring was on pommel horse (67.300).
Nebraska Maintains Top-Ten Status
The Huskers remained in tenth after their first week back in competition after their two-week hiatus. California surpassed Nebraska the week before for the No. 9 position and held onto it after earning a 424.550 against Stanford.
Louis Klein, Grant Perdue and Mark Ringle’s demanding floor routines helped NU add one point to the team average on the event, anchoring them in the ninth spot on floor for another week. The team now holds a three-meet average of 72.567 on floor.
Nebraska moved up to eighth on parallel bars after Sam Chamberlain posted his career high on the event. The Huskers now average a 70.600 on the aparatus. They rank above No. 4 Ohio State and No. 9 California.
Junior Wyatt Aycock disappeared from the individual rankings completely after earning an uncharacteristic 13.85 on pommel horse. Teammate CJ Schaaf remained in the No. 11 spot nationally in the all-around after earning a personal best score of 83.600.
Perdue remained a nationally-ranked athlete on both floor and vault, remaining in the same tied position he was the previous week. The 2012 All-American performed a solid routine in Iowa City until he fell on his dismount, costing him valuable points.
Klein returned to the national top-20 rankings on floor. He grabbed the 16th spot on floor with his increased average of 15.00. Klein made the to-20 on the event earlier in the season, but dropped out during the Huskers’ short break.