What To Watch – Weekend of Feb. 19-21:
After back-to-back weekends of ITA National Team Indoor Championship action, many of the top ranked teams are back at it again this weekend.
Two my three featured matches on the men’s side will be rematches from last week’s National Team Indoors, while the other is between the two heavy hitters in the Bay Area.
Seventh-ranked Texas A&M (10-2) travels to Columbus to play No. 6 Ohio State (10-1) in what will be the second meeting between these schools in the last five days. Ohio State pulled out the first encounter 4-3 in a match that came down to a third set at No. 5 singles so I’d look for another highly competitive match again on Friday night.
California (4-1), ranked No. 18, goes across the Bay to meet No. 22 Stanford (5-3) in the first of two meetings between these Pac-12 neighbors and rivals. This edition of the “Big Slam” will be a non-conference matchup with each playing for the first time since traveling to Austin two weeks ago for the Pac-12/Big 12 Challenge. California and Stanford met three times last season with each winning on the road while Stanford won in Ojai in the Pac-12 Championships.
Seventeenth-ranked San Diego (4-4) and No. 14 South Florida (4-3) will meet for the second time in five days when they play on Sunday in Tampa. Both teams participated at the National Team Indoors last weekend with South Florida defeating San Diego 4-2 in a consolation match on Sunday.
On the women’s side three of the top four teams in the country will hit the road this weekend though some will be traveling further than others.
Top-ranked California (5-0) hits the road for its first match after winning the 2016 ITA National Team Indoors Championship and it’ll be facing a familiar opponent in No. 11 USC (3-2). This non-conference match between these Pac-12 rivals will take place at the newly renovated Marks Tennis Stadium. USC tries to rebound after a loss to No. 3 Florida while Cal’s last match was its thrilling 4-3 win over No. 2 North Carolina in Madison.
North Carolina (10-1) will play its first true road match of the season when it travels to Ann Arbor on Saturday to face No. 8 Michigan (5-2). North Carolina (10-1) takes the court for the first time since its loss to No. 1 California in the final of the National Team Indoors while Michigan is coming off wins over No. 32 Notre Dame and No. 19 LSU.
Fourth-ranked Georgia (5-1) will visit No. 24 Georgia Tech (5-3) on Saturday. Georgia leads the all-time series 23-4 with Tech looking for its first win since 2010. Both teams are looking to return to the win column after Georgia Tech lost its last match to No. 5 Ohio State while Georgia fell to No. 2 North Carolina in the National Team Indoor semifinals.
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates:
#7 Texas A&M at #6 Ohio State – Friday 6pm est – Live Scoring http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm / Live Video http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/matchday.html
#18 California at #22 Stanford – Saturday – 4pm est/1pm pst – Live Scoring/Video http://streamingtennis.com/Cardinal/?DB_OEM_ID=30600
#17 San Diego at #14 South Florida – Sunday 11am est. – South Florida Twitter - https://twitter.com/USFBullsMTennis
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates:
#1 California at #11 USC – Friday 4:30pm est/1:30pm pst – USC Twitter https://twitter.com/USCWomensTennis
#2 North Carolina at #8 Michigan – Saturday 12pm – Live Scoring/Video http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/live-scoring-dual.html
#4 Georgia at #24 Georgia Tech – Saturday 1pm est - Live Scoring http://www.ramblinwreck.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm /Video - http://www.ramblinwreck.com/collegesportslive/?media=522085
Make sure you follow each of these matches at the provided live scoring links and follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/College10s2day 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. (www.collegetennistoday.com)