BATON ROUGE – After battling frozen temperatures all week during practice, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team is ready to heat up Friday night in the Maravich Center when the Tigers square off against No. 7 Alabama in a Top 10 matchup.
The meet will begin at 7 p.m. CT, and doors to the Maravich Center open at 5:30 p.m.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free gold “Roaring 4 More” LSU t-shirt.
Tickets are available for purchase at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12 at http://www.lsutix.net/, by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person at the LSU Athletic Administration Building.
It is also the Gold Meet, so fans are encouraged to wear gold in support of the Tigers.
“It is always a great meet when LSU and Alabama compete,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “We really want to see the LSU faithful fill up the Maravich Center because this meet is going to be a lot of fun.
“We have worked pressure sets this week, and we know we have to keep improving in every meet. We can’t wait to get back on the floor in front of our crowd and hopefully perform great gymnastics.”
LSU (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win against Auburn when LSU used a 49.525 on floor in the final rotation to rally past the visitors, 197.175-196.850.
Alabama is 3-1 overall and 3-0 against the league, and the Crimson Tide enters the meet after a 197.125-196.100 victory at home against Arkansas.
Not only does LSU enter the meet looking for back-to-back SEC wins, the Tigers are also in search of a fifth-straight score of 197 at home. LSU has earned a 197 team score in four consecutive home meets dating back to last season, which is tied for the school record set in 2004.
LSU also brings in three gymnasts who are ranked in the all-around national Top 10 with Rheagan Courville at No. 1 and Jessie Jordan and Kaleigh Dickson tied for seventh. It is the first time since 2007 that LSU has had three gymnasts in the all-around national Top 25 at the same time.
LSU ranks inside the Top 10 nationally in all four events, while Alabama is in the Top 10 in all but floor (12th).
The Crimson Tide are led by senior Kim Jacob who ranks 14th nationally in the all-around, 18th on bars and 18th on beam. Senior Diandra Milliner ranks first nationally on floor with a 9.95.
The meet will be televised by CSS/CST on a tape delay basis. The first airing is set for Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.
Live stats and video are available on http://www.lsusports.net/, and fans can also follow along with LSU gymnastics’ social channels: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, @LSU_gym on Instagram and www.Youtube.com/lsugymnastics.