What To Watch – April 6 - 10:
If you want to see some great college tennis action you won’t have to wait long because there are going to be some nice ones coming up on Wednesday in Lexington and Durham. Over the weekend there will be a Top 3 Division II women’s clash between Barry and St. Leo while there are some big ones on the men’s side in the SEC and Big 12.
Fifth-ranked Ohio State (20-2) travels down to Lexington, Kentucky, to take on No. 20 Kentucky (15-5) in what should be an exciting non-conference matchup. The Buckeyes are coming off shutout wins over Nebraska and Iowa while the Wildcats are coming off a road win at Tennessee. Ohio State leads the all-time series 18-13 and has won 10 of the last 11. Ohio State won last year’s contest in Columbus 4-0 however Kentucky upset then No. 1 Ohio State the last time they played in Lexington (2014).
Florida (12-4), ranked No. 14, goes on the road to face No. 7 Georgia (14-3) in a match that may decide the SEC regular season champion. The Gators are coming off a win over No. 43 Vanderbilt while the Bulldogs went on the road last weekend and swept No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 39 LSU. Georgia is the only team in the SEC without a loss in conference play while Florida has just the one loss to Texas A&M. According to Georgia’s records the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 57-19 but according to Florida’s records the Bulldogs lead is only 61-39-1. Regardless of their differences, I think both can agree that this Friday’s match is going to be good one.
Second-ranked TCU (17-2) opens up its Big 12 schedule with a Friday visit from No. 9 Oklahoma (11-7). The Horned Frogs have won 12 straight and are coming off wins over No. 28 Rice and UT Arlington while the Sooners have won four straight and are coming off road wins over No. 22 South Florida and No. 23 Florida State. The last meeting between these two was an instant classic with Oklahoma winning a 4-3 thriller in the 2015 NCAA semifinals. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 11-9 and has won the last nine with TCU’s last win coming back on March 5, 2008.
Eighth-ranked Duke (15-3) hosts No. 11 Michigan (12-4) in a Wednesday afternoon non-conference match in Durham. The Blue Devils are coming off wins over No. 15 Virginia and No. 45 Notre Dame while the Wolverines have won five straight and are coming off wins over Wisconsin and No. 65 Minnesota. Duke won the last meeting, which came at the 2014 National Team Indoor Championships, and the Blue Devils lead the all-time series 8-2.
Texas A&M (13-8), ranked No. 18, welcomes in No. 4 Georgia (15-2) in a Sunday afternoon matinee in College Station. The Aggies picked up a huge road win last week over No. 10 South Carolina before falling on Saturday to Florida. The Bulldogs swept Arkansas and Missouri last weekend and are currently in second place in the SEC with an 8-1 conference record. Georgia leads the all-time series 10-0 and won last season’s meeting in Athens by a 5-2 score.
Third-ranked St. Leo (13-1) welcomes in Sunshine State Conference (D2) rival No. 2 Barry (11-0) in a match that could determine the regular season conference champion. The St. Leo Lions have won 11 straight and are coming off a 5-4 win at No. 5 Lynn while the Barry Buccaneers are undefeated and are coming off wins over No. 40 Florida Southern and Tampa. Barry defeated St. Leo three times last season and has won 36 straight conference matches dating back to 2011.
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. 5 Ohio State at No. 20 Kentucky – Wednesday – 1:00 p.m. ET – Live Scoring https://s3.amazonaws.com/wayback/ftp-conf.silverchalice.co/stat-crew/KTY/m-tennis/xlive.htm
No. 14 Florida at No. 6 Georgia – Friday – 5:00 p.m. ET – Live Scoring http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/tennis-live-stats-m.html Video http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/vid-stream.html Blog http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/012016aab.html
No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 2 TCU – Friday – 5:30 p.m. CT – Live Scoring http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=tcu
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 11 Michigan at No. 8 Duke – Wednesday – 1 p.m. ET – Live Scoring http://www.goduke.com/fls/4200/livestats/xlive.htm?&SPID=1840&DB_OEM_ID=4200 Video https://www.playsight.com/livestreaming (Click on Duke)
No. 4 Georgia at No. 18 Texas A&M – Sunday – 12 p.m. CT – Live Scoring http://www.sidearmstats.com/tamu/wten/ Video http://www.12thman.com/watch/?Live=398