As No. 4 Utah prepares for Arizona, where do the Red Rocks stand?

Utah gymnasts have endured some early adversity

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah’s Abby Paulson competes on the beam throughout their gymnastics meet with Stanford on the Huntsman Heart in Salt Lake Metropolis, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.

At a look, Utah’s gymnastics meet at Arizona on Friday must be a runaway win for the Utes. The Utes have scored 197 or greater in each meet this season and are coming off their two greatest meets of the season whereas Arizona has but to interrupt the 197 mark and hasn’t gained a meet. It’s logical to suppose the Utes can have a simple evening.

That is the purpose when gymnastics followers will begin laughing, due to course, nothing appears to be logical about this season and every thing appears to be exhausting.

Simply take a look at how Washington pushed the Utes earlier this week. The Huskies entered Monday’s meet with the Utes in the same place to Arizona, not having damaged the 197 mark all season, but the Huskies mustered their greatest exhibiting of the 12 months to make it a nail-biter of a meet till the Utes lastly locked down a 197.95-197.275 win.

However right here is the factor, the Utes aren’t the one ones dealing with harder than anticipated competitors, it’s taking place in all places.

With simply three weeks left within the common season, lower than .5 separates the highest 4 groups with Michigan in No. 1 with a 197.92 nationwide qualifying rating adopted by Oklahoma )197.64), Florida (197.63) and Utah (197.515) whereas Auburn (197.375), LSU (197.36) and Alabama (197.355) aren’t far behind.

Following these, one other 10 groups have NQS scores within the 196 vary.

It’s all coming collectively to make the postseason essentially the most entertaining but.

From what the Utes have seen, getting out of the Pac-12 with none extra losses will likely be a problem sufficient, a lot much less advancing from regionals to the NCAA Championships.

So what can we count on? Here’s a take a look at how issues are shaping up because the season winds down.

Michigan has confirmed it’s NCAA title final 12 months wasn’t a one-off because it has had an unimaginable season, scoring 197.6 or greater in each meet, together with a 198.525.

Oklahoma and Florida are two skilled groups that all the time appear to seek out their method into the nationwide title image and this 12 months is not any totally different.

The Utes beat the Sooners 197.775-196.65 within the second meet of the 12 months. Since then, the Sooners have scored 198 or greater in three of the final 5 meets, so Oklahoma is trying just like the workforce that gained nationwide titles in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Florida seems to be the tops of the SEC, notably after defeating LSU 198.15-197.825, however don’t rely the Tigers out as they’re an skilled workforce accustomed to competing within the postseason. Auburn and Alabama are proper there, too, particularly with Auburn’s Suni Lee being top-of-the-line within the all-around the final 4 meets.

The Olympian hasn’t scored lower than 39.575 within the final 4 meets and earned an 39.825 in opposition to LSU.

Minnesota (196.865), Missouri (196.79) and Denver (196.64) are different groups that shouldn’t be counted out of the postseason as they’ve the aptitude of an upset or two. Missouri already scored one upset, beating LSU final week.

Nearer to house, the Pac-12 has been attention-grabbing for the presence of sure groups and the shortage of others.

Utah is at present the one Pac-12 workforce within the High 10, however the lack of different groups is deceptive. UCLA has been one of the vital inconsistent groups, scoring within the 197s one evening, 196 the opposite and 195 the subsequent, but when the Bruins can get previous the workforce distractions they might be a consider April.

Cal doesn’t have the three crucial highway scores to be counted within the NQS, however the Bears confirmed with their 197.525-197.275 win over Utah they intend to be within the postseason combine.

Washington seems prefer it’s a workforce that’s discovering its successful kind beneath first-year coach Jen Llewellyn, and Stanford and Arizona State are hanging round as properly.

The Wildcats, Utah’s opponent on Friday, have scored 196 or greater of their final three conferences. These sorts of scores shouldn’t be sufficient to make them a lot of a menace for the Utes. However this season, every thing must be thought of and nothing will be discounted.

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