What To Watch – March 10-12
By Bobby Knight
One of the bigger matches this weekend will be a Division II gem in Savannah, Georgia, while the men’s schedule has some intriguing matchups between the Big 12 and Pac-12, plus there will be a Top 5 ACC dual in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Top-ranked Armstrong State hosts sixth-ranked Barry in a Top 10 tilt on Friday afternoon in Savannah. Armstrong State, the two-time defending NCAA Division II national champions, is coming off a 7-2 win over No. 5 Hawai’i Pacific and has won eight straight. Barry is also coming off a 7-2 win over Hawai’i Pacific and they’ve won 10 straight. The last meeting between these two came in the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship final when Armstrong State won 5-2. This will be Armstrong State’s last season competing due to a consolidation of the school with neighboring Georgia Southern University.
Stanford, ranked No. 14, travels south this weekend to play No. 21 USC in a match that will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Stanford has won three straight and is coming off wins over Fresno State and No. 32 Texas, while USC is coming off a big 5-2 upset over No. 9 Michigan. Stanford leads the all-time series 64-22 and the Cardinal won last year’s meeting in Ojai 4-2 to win the Pac-12 regular-season championship.
Fourth-ranked Auburn welcomes in long time SEC rival No. 13 Georgia. Auburn, whose No. 4 ranking is a record-high, is currently riding a 10-match winning streak after winning its SEC opener over No. 33 Mississippi State last weekend. Georgia split matches last weekend with a win over No. 20 Kentucky before falling to No. 5 Vanderbilt. Georgia has won 12 straight in this rivalry and leads the all-time series 53-6 with Auburn’s last win coming back in 2007.
Second-ranked Wake Forest hosts fifth-ranked North Carolina in an early afternoon match on Friday. Wake Forest has won three straight and is coming off a highly successful weekend which saw the Demon Deacons pick up road wins at No. 8 Texas and No. 31 TCU. North Carolina has won its last two and the Tar Heels are coming off a win over No. 43 Duke. North Carolina leads the all-time series 36-16, however Wake Forest has won the last two meetings.
There will be a Top 10 showdown in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon as sixth-ranked California hosts eighth-ranked Texas. Cal’s five-match winning streak was snapped on Tuesday night when it lost at Stanford 4-3, while Texas has won three of its last four after defeating Rice the last time out. Texas leads the all-time series 9-5, however Cal won last year’s meeting in Austin by a 4-0 score.
Ninth-ranked Baylor ventures out to the west coast to take on No. 13 UCLA. Baylor has won four straight and is coming off a road win at No. 40 South Florida. UCLA has split its last two and is coming off a win over No. 41 Stanford. Baylor won the last meeting two years ago and leads the all-time series 9-5. These two programs have some history together after playing in back-to-back NCAA Championship finals in 2004 and 2005. Baylor won its only title in 2004 with a 4-0 win, but UCLA flipped the script in 2005 winning a 4-3 thriller.
Make sure you follow each of these matches at the provided live scoring links and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
If you want to read my thoughts and predictions on this weekends action you can head over to my site College Tennis Today.
No. 14 Stanford at No. 21 USC – Saturday – 12 p.m. PT
Live Updates: https://twitter.com/USCWomensTennis
TV Broadcast: http://pac-12.com/womens-tennis/event/2017/03/11/stanford-usc
No. 13 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn – Sunday – 1 p.m. CT
Live Scoring: http://www.auburntigers.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm
Video (outdoors only): http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/live-video.html
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates:
No. 5 North Carolina at No. 2 Wake Forest – Friday – 1 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.wakeforestsports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
Live Blog: http://www.wakeforestsports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/m-tennis-live-blog-1617.html
No. 8 Texas at No. 6 California – Saturday – 2 p.m. PT
Live Updates: https://twitter.com/CalMensTennis
No. 9 Baylor at No. 13 UCLA – Saturday – 3:30 p.m. PT
Live Scoring: http://static.uclabruins.com/custompages/stats/tennis/xlive.htm