By Bobby Knight, College Tennis Today
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden will be one of the hot spots this weekend as several of the top men’s programs arrive for the fourth annual BNP Paribas Open College Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle. Both of the top two men’s programs have big road matches coming up this weekend and they’ll be a huge one versus two showdown on Monday at the Division III level.
There will be a loaded field in Indian Wells this weekend for the BNP Paribas Open College Tennis Challenge. Seven of the eight teams are ranked in the top 50 with the March 7, 2017, Oracle/ITA Rankings used to determine seeding. California, ranked No. 13, will be the top seed and will open up against Purdue. Oklahoma, ranked No. 9, will be the second seed and will play the seventh seed No. 45 Tulsa. This will be the second meeting of the season between these two with Oklahoma winning 7-0 on February 24th. Baylor, ranked No. 6, will be the third seed and will play the fifth seed No. 33 SMU. USC, ranked No. 7, will be the fourth seed and will open up with the sixth seed No 32 South Florida. Each team is guaranteed three matches with the finals to be played at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday.
The new No. 1 Wake Forest goes on the road to the site of this year’s NCAA Championships to play No. 12 Georgia. Wake Forest has won its last five and is coming off wins over No. 4 North Carolina and Duke. Georgia has also won its last five and is coming off wins No. 42 Mississippi and No. 46 Arkansas. Georgia leads the all-time series 16-0 but the most recent meeting was all the way back in 1998.
Ohio State, which was last week’s No. 1, continues its Texas road trip with a Sunday afternoon match at No. 11 Texas A&M. Ohio State is coming off a tough 4-3 loss at No. 8 Texas which snapped its three-match winning streak. Texas A&M is riding a nine-match winning streak and is coming off wins over No. 17 Kentucky and No. 34 Vanderbilt. This will be the eighth meeting between these schools in the last four years with Ohio State winning four of the previous seven including twice last season. Ohio State leads the all-time series 7-6 however Texas A&M has won the three meetings in College Station.
The USTA College MatchDay series hits the road this weekend for a stop in Coral Gables as No. 29 Miami hosts No. 3 North Carolina. Miami won its first two ACC matches before falling on Tuesday at No. 11 Georgia Tech. North Carolina is riding an eight-match winning steak and is coming off a weekend sweep of East Carolina and the College of Charleston. North Carolina leads the all-time series 14-13 after defeating Miami twice last season. The Tar Heels won 4-3 at home in the regular season and then 4-2 in the finals of the ACC Championship in Cary, North Carolina.
It’ll be a border war on Friday afternoon in Gainesville as No. 1 Florida hosts No. 6 Georgia. The Gators come into this match with a perfect 13-0 record and are coming off a 4-1 win over No. 2 Ohio State. Georgia enters with a 9-3 record and is coming off a weekend sweep over No. 44 Alabama and No. 5 Auburn. This will be the second meeting of the year between these two with Florida wining the first meeting 4-0 in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoors in New Haven. Florida leads the all-time series 49-15 and is 19-1 at home all-time against Georgia.
The top two teams in Division III will square off on Monday as No. 1 Emory takes on No. 2 Williams in a neutral site match at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Emory won the Division III National Team Indoor Championship two weeks ago but is coming off a close 5-4 loss at Division II’s UC San Diego. Williams kicked off its spring season last week with wins over Hamilton and No. 28 Skidmore. These two schools have combined to win 16 NCAA Division III National Championships and they’ve met in the finals each of the last two years. Emory won last year’s match 5-4 while Williams won the year prior by the same 5-4 score.
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. 3 North Carolina at No. 29 Miami (FL) – Friday – 4 p.m. ET
Live Scoring: http://www.hurricanesports.com/fls/28700/livestats/w-tennis/livestats/xlive.htm?DB_OEM_ID=28700
ACC Network Broadcast/ESPN3: http://www.espn.com/watchespn/index/_/id/3012830/north-carolina-vs-miami-w-tennis
No. 6 Georgia at No. 1 Florida – Friday – 5 p.m. ET
Live Scoring/Video: http://floridagators.com/sports/2017/1/20/tennis-live-video-stats.aspx?path=tennis-women
Men’s Live Scoring/Updates:
BNP Paribas Open College Tennis Challenge – Friday through Sunday
Video (2 courts): https://www.playsight.com/#/livestreaming/tennis/indian-wells-tennis-garden
No. 1 Wake Forest at No. 12 Georgia - Friday – 3 p.m. ET
Live Scoring/Video: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/vid-stream.html
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 11 Texas A&M – Sunday – 12 p.m. CT
Live Scoring: http://www.sidearmstats.com/tamu/mten/