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WGYM: No. 5 Utah hosts No. 6 Georgia in final weekend of regular season

No. 5 Utah vs. No. 6 Georgia

Utah (9-3, 6-1 Pac-12) hosts Georgia (6-4, 4-2 SEC) for Senior Night at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Huntsman Center. It is the final home meet, and the final regular season meet.

Despite a close loss to Michigan and UCLA last week in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Utes moved up a position in the national rankings to No. 5. The reason? The Utes tallied their season-best road score -- a 197.350 -- which allowed them to toss a 196.300 score at Stanford from their regional qualifying score calculation. Utah's loss to UCLA last week does not count toward the conference standings. Utah and UCLA competed on Jan. 25 in a conference meet, with Utah holding the upper hand. Postseason play for the Utes begins next week at the Pac-12 championships in Berkeley, Calif., on Mar. 22.

Georgia has been ranked No. 1 in the country on the uneven bars for the past eight weeks. Three Gym Dogs are ranked in the top five nationally on bars: tied for No. 1 Chelsea Davis, No. 3 Lindsey Cheek and No. 5 Brittany Rogers. The Bulldogs biggest win was against top-ranked LSU (ranked No. 2 at the time) on Jan. 17.

No. 1 LSU vs. Kentucky

LSU will take on Kentucky on Friday in the Maravich Center.

LSU ties the 2005 team for the most weeks at No. 1 in a season. In 2005 LSU was No. 1 on Feb. 21, March 14 and April 21 entering the NCAA championships.

LSU (9-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) retained the top spot after a 197.500 score in a victory against NC State bumped up the Tigers’ regional qualifying score (RQS) from 197.605 to 197.660 in the latest standings.

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 16 Arkansas

Oklahoma returned to the nation’s top two this week, surging past Florida to sit only .02 behind LSU. The Sooners will be on the road this weekend to face Arkansas in Fayetteville, marking OU’s sixth meet against an SEC foe and 12th contest against a ranked opponent this season. Oklahoma is 10-1 in road contests this year, with its lone loss coming to then-No. 2 Florida on Jan. 31. The Sooners have logged victories against four top ten opponents and two currently ranked within the top five en route to the nation’s second-highest regional qualifying score (RQS): 197.640.

No. 3 Florida vs. Missouri

Florida finishes 2014 regular-season action with its first trip to Columbia, Mo., to face No. T35 Missouri for Southeastern Conference duel meet action.

It is the final meet of the regular season for both teams before heading to Birmingham, Ala., for the March 22 Southeastern Conference championships.

Florida finished 2014 home action by posting the nation’s season-leading team total of 198.325 to take the win against West Virginia (194.925). The total is the third-highest in school history and each of the program’s top three totals have come since March of 2013.

Missouri posted its season-best of 195.725 Feb. 21 versus George Washington. Rachel Updike turned in the Tigers’ season leading all-around total of 39.525 on Feb. 23 versus Lindenwood and Air Force.

Shannon Welker took over the Missouri program for this season. He spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at Michigan.

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 11 Auburn

Alabama closes out its regular-season slate at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Auburn.

The seniors are undefeated at home going into Friday's meet, tallying a 30-0-0 record in Coleman Coliseum, which is part of a larger 44-0 streak going back to the middle of the 2009 season.

This will be the second time this season that Alabama and Auburn have faced off, following a 197.500-197.100 win for the Tide at Auburn on Feb. 14. This Tide is coming off of a win against Stanford where Alabama posted a school record score of 198.250 last Friday. On the way to the record, the Tide posted season-best scores on all four events.

Milliner was named SEC Specialist of the Week after scoring a perfect 10 on the vault against Stanford. Junior Kaitlyn Clark led the Tide last Friday scoring a career-best 9.95 on the uneven bars and the balance beam while also scoring a 9.925 on the vault.

Friday marks the Tide's 10th meet of the season and eighth meet against SEC competition.

No. 7 UCLA vs. Utah State, Bowling Green

UCLA hosts its final home meet of the season on 5 p.m. Sunday against Bowling Green and Utah State.

Seventh-ranked UCLA racked up another strong road score, placing second in a tri-meet at Michigan with a total of 197.475.

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 13 Minnesota, No. 15 Penn State, Iowa

With the Big Ten regular-season championship and postseason positioning on the line, Michigan (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) looks to build off last week's record-setting performance as it hosts Minnesota (16-2, 3-1 Big Ten), Penn State (18-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Iowa (1-9, 0-4 Big Ten) in the Big Ten Quad on Saturday at Crisler Center.

Should Michigan win Saturday's quad meet, it would win the Big Ten regular-season championship outright with a conference record of 7-0. If U-M finishes second, it would receive a share of the title. The Big Ten is awarding a regular-season champion for the second consecutive year, as U-M and Minnesota shared the title last season.

Second, the first -- and second - place teams at each Big Ten Quad will advance to the evening session of the Big Ten Championships to be held March 22 at Penn State. The other quad will run simultaneously in East Lansing, Mich., and feature Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State. The third- and fourth-place teams at each quad will compete in the morning session.

No. 9 Nebraska vs. Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State

Nebraska will finish its regular-season meet schedule Saturday with a Big Ten quad meet against Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State at the Jenison Field House on the Michigan State campus.

The Huskers sport an 11-2 overall record and is 3-1 in Big Ten competition this season. NU heads into this quad meet looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to No. 16 Arkansas last Saturday. This conference matchup between Michigan State (1-5 Big Ten), Illinois (3-3 Big Ten) and Ohio State (1-4 Big Ten) will give the Huskers a glimpse of what is to come at the Big Ten championships the following week.

After their regular season finale, the Huskers will return to action on March 22 for the Big Ten championships, where they will look to claim their third Big Ten crown in a row.

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