gymnastics-men-nc flag | March 15, 2014

M GYM: No. 5 Minnesota travels to No. 12 Nebraska to take on three ranked teams

No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Iowa, No. 10 Air Force, No. 12 Nebraska

The Gophers will compete in their final meet of the regular season this weekend, as Minnesota travels to Nebraska to take on the Huskers as well as Illinois, Iowa and Air Force. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The Gophers scored a narrow victory last Saturday, edging Iowa 427.750 to 426.450 at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota has already faced all four of this weekend's opponents this season, some of them multiple times.

The Gophers first faced Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion in February, in a meet that also featured Illinois. The Gophers won the meet with a score of 435.200, ahead of Illinois (432.700) and Nebraska (420.700).

This weekend, the Gophers will face Iowa for the fourth time this season, including a meeting just last weekend at the Sports Pavilion with Brockport. The Gophers have defeated Iowa in all four meetings in 2014.

The Gophers traveled to Air Force in early February, where they won 434.200 to 431.550.

Illinois is another familiar opponent as the Gophers faced the Illini in the Windy City Invitational and in a meet at the Sports Pavilion. Illinois fared better at the Windy City Invitational with a score of 436.050 to tie for second while the Gophers were fourth, but Minnesota returned the favor with a 435.200-432.700 win against Illinois at the Sports Pavilion with Nebraska in February.

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Ohio State, Temple

Ohio State hosts Oklahoma and Temple at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena in its last home meet of the season.

Ohio State posted its second-highest team score this season March 8 at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., earning an overall score of 442.40 en route to a second-place finish against No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 California and Arizona State.

Oklahoma comes into St. John Arena Saturday ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest GymInfo poll with a four score average of 443.283.

The Sooners rank within the top five on all six events. The team is No. 1 on floor exercise (75.983) and rings (74.833), No. 2 on pommel horse (73.383) and No. 4 on vault (73.683), parallel bars (72.667) and high bar (72.467).

Individually, Oklahoma holds No. 1 rankings on floor exercise and rings as junior Alec Robin claims the top spot on floor exercise with an average score of 15.467 and junior Michael Squires claims the top spot on rings with an average score of 15.983.

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 8 Penn State

Michigan (17-0, 10-0 Big Ten) returns home for the squad's first home meet in more than a month to host Penn State (13-1 , 2-1 Big Ten) at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a meet that will be shown live via the Big Ten Network inside Cliff Keen Arena.

Michigan enters as the No. 3 team in the country (439.983) and is ranked in the top three on four events; No. 1 on parallel bars (73.65), No. 2 on floor (76.60) and No. 3 on horse (73.217) and rings (74.650).

The Nittany Lions enter the meet ranked as the No. 8 team in the country and are No. 4 in the country on floor exercise (73.317) and No. 6 on still rings (73.517) and on parallel bars (72.233). Individually, Penn State is led by 2013 NCAA floor exercise champion Trevor Howard, who a high score on the event this season of 15.50. Alexis Torres is ranked No. 5 on floor (15.217). Howard is also No. 4 on still rings (15.55), while Torres is No. 6 on rings (15.33).

No. 9 California vs. Washington

California is back at it 10 p.m. ET Saturday at Haas Pavilion for a special senior day co-ed meet against Washington.

California set a new school record for total team points with 432.450 on March 8 in Palo Alto against No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Ohio State and Arizona State.

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