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Gymnastics Set for Top-5 Matchup at Oklahoma
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Published: February 08, 2014, 01:26 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

NORMAN, Okla. – Less than two days after a 197.225 in a road win at Arkansas, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team travels to face No. 2 Oklahoma in a Top 5 showdown at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in Lloyd Noble Center.

The meet will be televised live by Sooner Sports TV/Fox Sports Net. In the Baton Rouge area, fans can watch the meet live on channel 679 and 679-1 on DirecTV. The meet will be available on channel 79 and 1079 on Cox Cable, and it will be televised on channel 648 Fox College Sports Central on AT&T U-verse.

It is the second meet of the weekend for LSU (4-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) after the Tigers traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., and beat No. 11 Arkansas, 197.225-196.275, Friday night.

“I expect a packed arena and an Oklahoma team that is going to give us everything they’ve got,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Oklahoma is a tremendous team, and it is really going to take a flawless performance for us to beat them.

“Obviously, we want to perform our best and come away with a win, but ultimately what we need is another solid road score to keep building on.”

Oklahoma (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) is coming off a 197.875-197.225 loss at Florida on Jan. 31.

LSU and Oklahoma have been two of the most consistent teams in the nation this season as both rank inside the top seven in every event.

The two teams are 9-9 against each other all-time, and they have only met once in Lloyd Noble Center when the Tigers fell, 191.225-191.075, in the season opener on Jan. 12, 1997.

LSU’s all-time highest score in school history came against Oklahoma in a neutral site dual meet in Tulsa on March 11, 2005 when the Tigers won 197.850-195.750.

LSU enters the meet off the heels of the program’s first 197 score in a dual meet at Arkansas that included a season-high tying 49.250 on beam in the final rotation of the meet.

This meet represents the first Top 5 match-up in a regular season road dual meet for LSU since Jan. 26, 2008 when the fifth-ranked Tigers competed at No. 2 Georgia.

Fans can listen to live audio of the meet free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and fans can follow along during the meet on LSU gymnastics’ social media channels: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter and @LSU_gym on Instagram.

 

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