5 things to know as Alabama gymnastics hosts NCAA regionals in Tuscaloosa

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama gymnastics, fresh off winning the SEC Championship meet, will return to Coleman Coliseum one more time this season as the Crimson Tide will host an NCAA regional Tuscaloosa.

The NCAA national championship field was unveiled Monday. The top two teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA championship event in Fort Worth, Texas.

Here's what to know:

When, where and how to watch

The Tuscaloosa Regional will be held over three days, from April 1-3. Streaming coverage starts at 1 p.m. CT on April 2 for the first session of the second round. The second session will be at 7 p.m. CT on April 2, and the final round will be at 7 p.m. CT on April 3.

It can be watched on digitally ESPN3.

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Who's in

Nine teams were sent to each regional for a total of 36 teams in the postseason. In the Tuscaloosa Regional, Alabama will host Arkansas, Iowa, and Iowa State in one session.

Oklahoma, Auburn, and Missouri will be in the other session, as will the winner of the first-round qualifier between Eastern Michigan and Maryland.

Luisa Blanco competes on the beam as the Crimson Tide hosted Florida in Coleman Coliseum Stadium Friday, March 5, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Alabama's home record

Alabama coach Dana Duckworth said that hosting a regional is "always an honor." While Alabama hosted only four home meets this season, it posted a 3-1 record, with wins over Kentucky, Auburn, and LSU, and a narrow loss to Florida,

Alabama against other regional teams

Against other teams in its regional, Alabama holds a 3-0 regular-season record. The Crimson Tide beat Missouri on the road, Auburn at home and Arkansas on the road.

Alabama also beat all three of those teams to win the SEC Championship in Huntsville. Despite that, Alabama stays focused on what's coming ahead.

"We won't look back at all," said Duckworth. "The team on January 8th is not the same as the team now."

Opponent pedigrees

Alabama is one of two schools in its regional to have won a national championship. The other is Oklahoma, who has won four national titles since 2014.