What To Watch – March 3-5
By Bobby Knight, College Tennis Today
The SEC begins conference play this weekend while there will be Top 10 showdowns in Austin, Columbus and Tempe.
Third-ranked Wake Forest travels to Austin for a big time tilt against eighth-ranked Texas. These two teams met two weeks ago in Charlottesville at the National Team Indoors with Wake Forest holding on to win 4-3. Wake Forest is coming off a 6-1 road win at Tennessee while Texas is coming off a 6-1 home win over Wichita State. This is the fourth year in a row that Wake Forest and Texas have met in the regular season with Texas winning all previous matches up until two weeks ago.
The only matchup in the SEC between top 25 teams will take place on Sunday in Lexington as No. 15 Kentucky hosts No. 22 Georgia. Kentucky is coming off a 4-0 road win at Illinois while Georgia will be playing for the first time since going 1-2 at the National Team Indoors. Georgia leads the all-time series 45-9 with Kentucky’s last win coming back in 2013.
Top-ranked Ohio State hosts No. 4 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon in Columbus. This will be the second meeting between these two in the last two weeks with Ohio State defeating Oklahoma 4-0 in the opening round of the National Team Indoors. This will be the fourth year in a row that these two have met in the regular season with Oklahoma winning in 2014 and 2015 and Ohio State winning last year. Oklahoma snapped Ohio State’s NCAA record 200-match home court winning streak the last time they met in Columbus back in 2015. Oklahoma is coming off a 7-0 win over Tulsa while Ohio State picked up a 4-1 road win over Florida last Sunday.
Tennessee, ranked No. 12, opens up SEC play on Friday evening with a visit from No. 14 Vanderbilt. Tennessee comes into this match riding a six-match winning streak after defeating UNLV and Kansas last weekend. Vanderbilt split matches last weekend with a win over St. Mary’s before an extremely close 4-3 loss at Stanford. Tennessee leads the all-time series 34-25 although Vanderbilt has won five of the last six meetings including 7-0 last year.
Second ranked Ohio State and ninth-ranked Pepperdine will meet on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona, in a neutral site match. Ohio State is coming off a weekend sweep over Baylor and Miami (FL) while Pepperdine made a short road trip to UCLA and came away with a 5-2 win. Ohio State has seven ranked players in the latest ITA singles rankings while Pepperdine has four. This will be the second all-time meeting with Ohio State winning last year during the Kick-Off Weekend in Fort Worth.
Eighth ranked Texas Tech and No. 22 TCU open up their respective Big 12 schedules with a Saturday afternoon dual in Lubbock. Texas Tech finished as the runner-up at the Blue Gray Classic last weekend after defeating Utah and Alabama before falling to Auburn. TCU is coming off back-to-back 4-3 road losses after losing at Duke and Texas A&M. TCU leads the all-time series 27-5 however Texas Tech won the last meeting which came in the semifinals of last year’s Big 12 Tournament.
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.
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates:
No. 3 Wake Forest at No. 8 Texas – Saturday – 3 p.m. CT
Live Scoring: http://www.sidearmstats.com/texas/mten/
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 1 Ohio State – Sunday – 12 p.m. ET
Live Scoring/Video: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-tennis/live-stats.html
No. 22 Georgia at No. 15 Kentucky – Sunday – 1 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: https://s3.amazonaws.com/wayback/ftp-conf.silverchalice.co/stat-crew/KTY/m-tennis/xlive.htm
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates:
No. 14 Vanderbilt at No. 12 Tennessee – Friday – 6 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.utsports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
No. 22 TCU at No. 8 Texas Tech – Saturday – 12 p.m. CT
Live Scoring: http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=text