No. 9 Nebraska vs. No. 12 Iowa
Date: Saturday, March 24
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center
Live Stats: Huskers.com
The No. 9 Nebraska men's gymnastics team will host No. 12 Iowa in the Huskers' regular-season finale on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The meet will take place in the Bob Devaney Sports Center and will also be Senior Night, honoring seniors Will Eastman, Andreas Hofer, David Jacobs and Michael Killeen.
Live stats for the meet will be available at Huskers.com. Fans can also follow the official Nebraska men's gymnastics Twitter page for live updates during the meet (@NebraskaMGym).
Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers remained at No. 9 nationally for the second consecutive week in the latest GymInfo Poll, released March 19. Nebraska's team three-score average of 340.900 is sixth among Big Ten conference teams and fourth in the western region. Oklahoma held at No. 1 (353.667), while Penn State regained their No. 2 ranking (352.667).
Nebraska is ranked in the top ten on four seperate events in the latest team event rankings. The Huskers have continued to improve on floor exercise, rising to No. 6 nationally (58.800) after the team logged their best score of the season on floor last weekend. NU is also No. 6 nationally on parallel bars, holding a three-score average of 57.333. The team added a pair of No. 7 rankings on vault (58.567) and high bar (56.467).
Five individual Husker athletes appeared in the national rankings, picking up a total of eight ranks on five events. Freshman Grant Perdue paced the Huskers, appearing at 11th nationally on floor exercise (14.950) and 19th on vault (14.733). Sophomore Mark Ringle is 12th on parallel bars (14.567), while junior Wyatt Baier is 14th on vault (14.833). Senior Andreas Hofer locked up 17th-place rankings on both floor exercise (14.800) and high bar (14.367). Sophomore Eric Schryver rounded out the Huskers in the rankings, picking up ranks of 16th on pommel horse (14.450) and 18th on parallel bars (14.500).
Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes
Head Coach: JD Reive | 2012 Record: 2-6 | 2012 High Score: 338.200
The No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes enter this weekend following a loss to Illinois in which the Hawkeyes posted their second-best score of the season (337.800). Iowa is led by head coach JD Reive, a 2000 graduate of Nebraska. Reive is in his second season as head coach of the Hawkeyes after serving as an assistant at Stanford from 2003-10.
The Hawkeyes have been led this season by junior Javier Balboa, who has competed in all-around competition for Iowa in 2012. Balboa is ranked seventh nationally on parallel bars (14.700) and 12th in the nation in the all-around (81.767).
The Huskers and the Hawkeyes have met once previously this season, a tri-meet with Minnesota. Nebraska topped Iowa in that meeting by two-hundredths of a point (336.500-334.500).
NU will take a week off from action before traveling to Iowa City for their first Big Ten Championship on April 6-7. Seven Big Ten teams will face off in team competition on Friday at 7 p.m. before the individual competition takes place on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both days of competition will broadcasted live on BTN and BTN2Go.com.
Last Time Out: Nebraska Picks Up Second Place Finish in Oklahoma
The No. 9 Nebraska men's gymnastics team picked up a second place overall finish on March 17 against Oklahoma and Air Force, tallying a team score of 341.550. The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners finished in first with a mark of 352.400, while No. 11 Air Force came in third at 327.950.
Nebraska began the evening on still rings, posting a team mark of 56.000. The Huskers were paced by sophomore Donovan Arndt, who hit a season-best mark of 14.70. Redshirt freshman Robbie Kocks added his own personal-best of 14.25, while junior Wyatt Baier added a mark of 13.55.
The Huskers took to floor next, powering their way to a new season-high team mark of 59.250. Freshman Grant Perdue picked up a new personal-best of 15.20 to lead the Big Red, while senior Andreas Hofer added a 14.95 and sophomore Mark Ringle tacked on a 14.65.
The third rotation saw NU on pommel horse, where nationally-ranked sophomore Eric Schryver hit a team-leading score of 14.20 to help the Huskers to a team mark of 54.450. Sophomores Wyatt Aycock and C.J. Schaaf added respective marks of 14.10 and 13.25.
The Huskers picked up a team score of 56.600 on high bar for their fourth rotation, led by freshman Josh Ungar's mark of 14.50. Senior Will Eastman hit a 14.30 for the Big Red and freshman Connor Stillwell added a 13.95.
The Huskers moved to vault for their fifth rotation, putting together a team score of 58.400. Baier paced Nebraska, hitting a score of 14.90. Perdue added a mark of 14.70, while Aycock and Ungar each contributed a 14.40 for the Big Red.
Nebraska competed on parallel bars for their final rotation of the evening, tallying a team mark of 56.850. Nationally-ranked Ringle led with way with a solid mark of 14.60, while Schryver tacked on a 14.20 and Aycock added a 14.05.