What To Watch – March 25-28
It’ll be a Showdown Saturday in the SEC with Top 10 women’s clashes taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, and Columbia, Missouri. The highest profile men’s match of the weekend actually takes place on Monday night when Texas A&M and TCU tango in College Station.
Sixth-ranked Miami (10-4) welcomes in No. 12 Virginia (10-6) in a match that will be broadcasted across the nation on ESPN3. The Hurricanes have won six in a row, including a non-conference win over No. 2 Ohio State, while the Cavaliers have dropped two of their last three, although that one win came on the road at No. 43 North Carolina State. Miami won last year’s regular season meeting, and the teams have split the last four overall meetings.
Vanderbilt (10-4), ranked No. 5, hosts No. 3 Georgia (12-1) in a monster SEC showdown. The Commodores are coming off wins over No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 18 LSU, while the Bulldogs are coming off victories over No. 12 Virginia and No. 58 Tennessee. The teams split meetings last year with Georgia winning at home in the regular season and Vanderbilt winning in Columbia, South Carolina, in the final of the SEC Tournament.
Seventh-ranked Florida (11-2) goes on the road to face No 8 South Carolina (14-2). Both teams have been soaring lately with the Gators riding a six-match winning streak while the Gamecocks have won their last nine. Both teams are also coming off road wins over No. 27 Mississippi State and No. 39 Mississippi and both are a perfect 6-0 in the SEC. Florida won last year’s meeting in Gainesville and the Gators lead the all-time series 41-2.
Michigan (12-3), ranked No. 23, heads down south to Columbus, Ohio, to face archrival No. 4 Ohio State (16-2). The Wolverines are coming off wins over No. 29 Columbia and Toledo, while the Buckeyes are coming off a 4-2 loss at No. 11 Georgia. Michigan leads the all-time series 67-23, but Ohio State has won the last 20 with Michigan’s last win coming all the way back on April 8, 2001.
Eleventh-ranked Georgia (10-3) hosts No. 18 Kentucky (13-4) on Sunday afternoon in a key early-season SEC battle. Both teams are coming off huge wins with the Bulldogs upsetting No. 4 Ohio State, and the Wildcats upending No. 10 Illinois. Georgia leads the all-time series 44-9 and has won the last three meetings although the teams have split the last six.
Texas A&M (18-4), ranked No. 7, welcomes in state rival No. 3 TCU (14-2) for a top 10 showdown on Monday evening. The Aggies have won four in a row and are coming off wins over No. 41 Alabama and No. 40 Rice, while the Horned Frogs have won nine in a row and are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 12 Northwestern. Texas A&M had won eight straight in the series heading into last season, but TCU won both encounters; one in College Station and the other in Fort Worth.
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.
Women’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 12 Virginia at No. 6 Miami (FL) – Friday – 1 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.hurricanesports.com/fls/28700/livestats/w-tennis/livestats/xlive.htm?DB_OEM_ID=28700
No. 3 Georgia at No. 5 Vanderbilt – Saturday – 12 p.m. CT
Live Scoring: http://www.vucommodores.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm
No. 7 Florida at No. 8 South Carolina – Saturday – 1 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/live-scoring.html
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates
No. 23 Michigan at No. 4 Ohio State – Sunday – 12 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
No. 18 Kentucky at No. 11 Georgia – Sunday – 1 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/tennis-live-stats-m.html