№ 4 Utah (7-1, 197,496) to № 13 Oregon (6-1, 196,755)
When: Friday, 6:00 p.m. MST
Venue: Huntsman Center (15,000 seats)
TV: Pac-12 network
Radio: ESPN 700
Live broadcast: Pac-12 Networks Live
Series: Utah leads the overall series with Oregon 74-10-1 and is a perfect 35-0 against the Beavers in Salt Lake City. The Red Rocks have won nine games in a row against Oregon, the last defeat came to Corvallis in 2017. Since its inception, Pac-12 Oregon is the only school other than Utah and UCLA to have won the conference title.
For Utah: The Red Rocks, once ranked 2nd overall, dropped to 4th after Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma. With a loss at No. 9 in California, the Pac-12 regular season title for Utah is almost unattainable, so the emphasis is on sowing for NCAA regionals. The National Qualifying Score (NQS) determines the rankings after eight weeks, and Utah needs one or two more elite road results in its last three away matches, in addition to another high home score to keep up with Wolverines, Gators and Sooners.
For Oregon: This year, the Beavers have improved significantly, and by the end of the seasons seem almost certain of getting into the top 15. With a score of 6-1 – with a loss to Cal – Oregon does not actually claim the title of champion in the regular season Pac-12, but the “Beavers” can secure a place in the evening session of the Pac-12 championship, if they maintain their current position in the Pac-12. 12.
For Utah: No Utah has been better this season than Mail O’Keefe, who ranks 3rd in the rankings on the beam. Gillian Hoffman – the current winner of the Pac-12 Coaches Choice – and Sydney Soloski were in 20th place on the floor, and Grace McCallum – in 23rd place in the pole vault. O’Keefe and McCallum have scored perfect 10s this season, and along with Crystal Isa are the Red Rocks ’top winners with seven and four wins respectively.
For Oregon: It’s all about Jade Carey for the Beavers. The Olympic gold medalist was arguably the best gymnast in the NCAA this season and has yet to score points below 9,875, despite participating in all-around in every match. Kerry is currently the best all-around in the country and ranks 1st on the bars, 3rd on the court, 6th on the beam and 9th on the pole vault.
Red Rocks travels to Tucson to face Arizona. The Wildcats – otherwise known as the GymCats – have not won this season, losing to South Utah, UCLA, Washington and Arizona, and finishing fourth in an ATV meeting that included Oklahoma, Stanford and Utah. Last weekend Arizona delivered several productive results against rival Sun Devils as well as second-year star Malia Hargrove.
January 7 – vs. № 19 BYU and № 21 Utah, № 23 Southern Utah (Best of Utah)
January 14 – Against № 3 Oklahoma
January 21 – Against № 20 Arizona
Jan. 29 – vs. № 18 Stanford, 2 p.m.
February 4 – UCLA No. 16, 8 p.m.
February 12 – at No. 9 cal, 17.00
Feb. 18 – vs. № 13 Oregon, 6 p.m.
February 21 – in Washington, 19.00
Feb. 25 – Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
March 4 – vs. № 6 Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 11 – in No. 5 of LSU, 6.30 pm
March 19 – Pac-12 Championship
All MST hours