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against Michigan on Saturday, March 1 inside the Bryce Jordan Center at 3:30
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - On the heels of sweeping Ohio State in the season series, the Nittany Lion basketball team (14-14, 5-10) will play its final home game on Sunday at noon (BTN) against No. 14 Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5).
D.J. Newbill's 17 second-half points powered the Nittany Lions to a thrilling 65-63 victory over the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes on Thursday. With three games to play, Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers is taking things one game at a time and focused solely on helping the Lions be the best team they can be on Sunday afternoon.
"They are one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, if not the country," head coach Patrick Chambers said. "They have great leadership. They are a veteran group. It's going to be a great challenge for us, especially coming off of this win. Hopefully we have learned from big victories and big wins."
Take a look through some things to watch for in Penn State's lone regular season matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers.
VIDEO: Tim Frazier Feature
Senior point guard Tim Frazier will suit up in the Blue and White for the final time at home on Sunday afternoon. The Houston, Texas, native has seen the highest of highs with a berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and the lowest of lows after missing virtually all of the 2012-'13 season with an Achilles injury. Frazier embodies what a Penn State student-athlete is all about with outstanding leadership on and off the floor. The mark he has left on the program is significant, and his fellow teammates and head coach will miss No. 23. Take a look.
With just three regular seasons left on the schedule, the Nittany Lions head into Sunday's clash looking to ride the wave of momentum after Thursday's big win over the Buckeyes. Penn State's ability to make plays in the latter stages of games played an instrumental role in all five victories in conference play. Things start on the defensive end of the floor. Penn State is ranked fifth in the conference in field goal percentage defense. The Lion perimeter defense will face a stiff test against the Badgers on Sunday. Wisconsin is third in the conference three-point shooting at 37 percent. Badger guard Josh Gasser leads the Big Ten 3-point shooting at 46 percent. Wisconsin averages 7.7 made 3-pointers per game.
Newbill Among the Big Ten's Best
Junior guard D.J. Newbill's scoring in 2014 has been well documented, but Newbill's offensive efficiency cannot be understated. On Thursday against Ohio State, Newbill scored 23 points on just nine field goal attempts. The Philly native has now scored 15 or more points on 15 or fewer field goal attempts in 17 games this season. Newbill is leading the team in field goal percentage (46.5 percent) among Penn State players who have attempted 50 or more field goal attempts. He is also leading the team in three-point shooting at 35.5 percent. Newbill has filled the stat sheet this season, averaging 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Additionally, Newbill has visited the charity stripe 5.5 times per game.
Riding a six-game winning streak, the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers enter Sunday's game as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. The winning streak includes road wins over Michigan and Iowa. With three games to play, Wisconsin is still in the thick of the Big Ten title race. The Badgers are in third place, just two behind Big Ten leader Michigan. Wisconsin went 13-0 in the non-conference season.
Rated in the top four in scoring offense and scoring defense in the Big Ten, Wisconsin is a complete basketball team with talented offensive personnel capable of scoring from all over the floor. Sophomore forward Sam Dekker leads a balanced offensive attack with four players averaging double-figures. Dekker (13.6) Frank Kaminsky (13.2), Ben Brust (12.6) and Traevon Jackson (10.7) all score in double-digits. Wisconsin's fifth starter, Josh Gasser, averages 9.1 points per game.
The last three games between Penn State and Wisconsin in the Jordan Center have been decided by six points or less. The Nittany Lions are 1-2 in those games.
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PARK, Pa. - There is just one tune up left for the Penn State women's
basketball team before postseason play begins. The No. 12/8 Lady Lions (21-6,
12-3) will host Michigan (14-11, 8-7) on Saturday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. with at
least a share of the Big Ten regular season title on the line.
The Lady Lions are 11-4 on their home court this season - 5-2 in Big Ten play - and will look to bounce back after a loss at Nebraska on Monday. Penn State is 30-9 all-time vs. Michigan - winning six straight games - and own a 16-2 record at home in the series, including a victory in last season's final regular season game.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Coming Off a Loss: Dara Taylor has never lost consecutive games while wearing the blue and white, while Ariel Edwards, Talia East and Maggie Lucas have only felt defeat in back-to-back games once in their Penn State careers. Penn State has followed a loss with a win 20 straight times dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Lady Lions are 5-0 this season coming off of a loss.
A Trio of Treys: Maggie Lucas will leave Penn State as the career leader in a few categories, currently sitting atop of the career free throws made and free throw percentage lists. She enters Saturday's regular season finale needing just a trio of three pointers made to take over the top spot from Kelly Mazzante. Lucas has connected on 355 shots from distance, just behind Mazzante's 357 from 2001-04.
One Day Early: This week has not been a normal week for the Lady Lions. They played on Monday at Nebraska and will now move up one day and host Michigan on Saturday. The good thing about playing a day before everyone else is the Lady Lions can put the pressure on Nebraska and Michigan State with a win. Penn State can earn at least a share of the Big Ten regular season crown with a victory, which would force Nebraska to win at Purdue and Michigan State to defeat Indiana in East Lansing to create a three-way tie atop the conference.
What To Watch For - Michigan
Limiting Chances: The key to beating Penn State is limiting their offensive touches. The Lady Lions lead the Big Ten in rebounding, but Michigan is the top team in rebounding defense. The Wolverines are allowing teams just 30.6 rebounds per game. Michigan leads the conference in rebounding margin, as well, pulling down 8.7 more rebounds per game than their opponents.
Three Point Threat: Freshman Siera Thompson has hit at least one three pointer in all 28 games this season and ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 65 made triples, hitting two more three's than Penn State's Maggie Lucas. The rookie ranks 20th in the Big Ten in scoring (13.4 ppg) and sits third in minutes played among her conference counterparts at 36.2 minutes per game.
Goree-ing for a Double: Junior Cyesha Goree is nearly averaging a double-double this season, scoring 12.0 points and grabbing 9.6 rebounds per game. She ranks second in the Big Ten and 49th nationally with 11 double-doubles. She has 20 games scoring 10-plus points and has hauled in 10-or-more rebounds on 14 occasions in 2013-14.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In the four seasons that senior forward Talia East has been a part of the Penn State women's basketball program, the Lady Lions have registered 98 wins, a mere 29 losses and won two Big Ten regular season titles.
"This class is accustomed to winning," said assistant coach Kia Damon. "What these ladies [the seniors] have been able to do in their four years here has been pretty remarkable."
A big reason for Penn State's success over the past four seasons can be linked to the development of East into a leader and dominant inside presence.
"Talia has represented our edge and our toughness, especially in the post," said Damon. "That's always a key component you want to have, especially as you build a team to be really, really successful. She takes pride in being our enforcer. She's from Philly and we tell her that we need the 'Philly' in her to come out every game. She does a great job of being the stabilizing force inside for us, both offensively and defensively."
In her senior season, East is posting the best numbers of her career. She has played in all 27 games, starting in 24 of those, while averaging 7.6 points per game by shooting 52 percent from the field, grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game and swatting 1.3 shots per game.
For the humble East, her on-the-court performance this year has come as a little bit of a surprise.
"Who knew?" said East. "I think just learning and focusing on getting better each game was key for me. Just putting in the time and effort has definitely paid off. I'm just so proud of what I've accomplished and how much more there is to accomplish. The season is not even close to being over."
When asked to describe her time as a Lady Lion in one word, East responded with being "blessed" to be a part of a great team each of her four seasons.
And, being the selfless person that East is, she made sure that her teammates, especially the players in her senior class, received the credit that they deserve for East's growth as a player.
"Maggie [Lucas] has definitely helped me," said East. "We've put in work before practice and after practice. Maggie's been there cheering me on since high school. Same with Ariel; we came in as freshman, and we were really there for each other with the mental game. I've been so grateful to her for that. And Dara, to have a point guard who knows what she's talking about and really knows the game definitely makes it easy to play the game."
For her teammates, the feeling is mutual.
"[Talia] has been an awesome teammate," said senior guard Maggie Lucas. "She's very competitive and fiery on the court. She really gets after it and It's been awesome to play with her."
Off the court East is anything but an enforcer. Rather, she is the jokester of the team, the clown just without the round red nose, big red shoes and colorful face paint.
"Talia helps keep things in perspective," said Damon. "She has a great sense of when to be serious and when there is a light or fun moment. I think that keeps everyone on balance."
During East's four-year career one aspect of being a Lady Lion has been a staple, her head coach.
"Coquese [Washington] is like a second mom to me," said East. "I couldn't ask for a better coach, and I honestly mean that. She's so caring, but she's hard on you when you need it. She's really just been there for me in my ups and in my downs. I definitely would not be where I am without her."
It certainly has been a memorable four years
for East. Her personality has created an environment that is comfortable for
her teammates to play in, especially the freshman.
But, as the season winds down and the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments can be seen over the horizon, East goes back to her senior teammates, the best friends that have been with her along the way.
"I love them," said East. "Those are the people who I started this journey with. Before there was hype around our team, before anybody thought we'd win the Big Ten; that was the three that we had. It has just been an amazing journey, and I'm just looking forward to ending it the right way."
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey team will look to continue their solid play
in another Big Ten road test at No. 2 Minnesota this weekend. Penn State's will
visit Mariucci Arena for the first time and enter with a 6-20-2 overall record
after splitting a road series at Michigan last weekend.
BLOG: Bailey Finding His Stride in February
What To Watch - Penn State
Hanging at Shorty's: Penn State has given their opponents many chances on the power play, but it seems the opponent has afforded the Nittany Lions their own chances, too. Penn State currently leads the Big Ten and ranks tied for 12th nationally with five shorthanded goals this season. Dylan Richard struck with his first shorthanded goal of the season at Michigan last weekend, while David Glen, Taylor Holstrom, Curtis Loik and Tommy Olczyk also have goals while outnumbered on the ice.
Bailey Big in February: Sophomore forward Casey Bailey led the team in scoring last season with 27 points, ranking second on the team in both goals and assists. The 2013-14 season wasn't as kind in the early going, with the Anchorage, Alaska, native registering only four points (2 G, 2 A) in 17 games played. Over the last month, however, Bailey has poured in five goals and added an assist for six points in a seven game span and now ranks sixth on the team with 10 points on the season.
Plummeting Penalties: Penn State ranked second in the NCAA in penalty minutes early on in the season, but since averaging 22.3 penalty minutes per game in their first six games the Nittany Lions have limited their time in the penalty box. The Nittany Lions are spending just 10.3 minutes per game in the box over their last 20 games and in Big Ten play, PSU is averaging just 9.6 penalty minutes per game.
What To Watch - Minnesota
Hello Number Two: Not to be confused with the fictional henchman for Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, Number 2, the Gophers enter this weekend as the No. 2 ranked team in the NCAA. The Gophers have spent the entire season ranked among the top-5, spending 16 straight weeks at No. 1 before dropping a pair of Big Ten games at Wisconsin on Feb. 6-7. Minnesota has been ranked fifth, third, first and second during the 2013-14 campaign.
Sheer Wil(cox): Sophomore Adam Wilcox has played every minute of every Big Ten game for the Gophers this season - minus the 3:04 of empty net time - and owns a 10-2-2 mark in conference games with a stout 1.70 goals against average. Overall he is 20-4-5 on the season and has started 29 of 30 games for Minnesota. He leads the conference in minutes played (1735:09), wins (20) and shutouts (3), while ranking second in goals against average and third in save percentage.
Relying on Reilly: Minnesota relies on Reilly. All three of them. Connor and Ryan, who are twins, and older brother Mike all hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and suit up for the Gophers. All three have all see ice time this season for the Gophers, with Connor missing all of last season due to injury. Mike ranks fifth on the team with 22 points (8 G, 14 A) in 30 games played, while Connor has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in 26 games. Ryan has skated in five games this season.
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - One minute may not seem like a lot of time, but for a guy like Zach Cooper, that minute was more than enough after two years of dedication and hard work.
Cooper has been a member of the Nittany Lions since joining the team as a walk-on in 2012. He has never scored a point and had previously played just three minutes in four games this season after only playing in one game last year. But with Penn State taking on the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes on senior night, head coach Patrick Chambers made an announcement 17 minutes before tipoff that Cooper would be making the first start of his career.
While his night may have lasted for just 60 seconds before he was taken out, it was still a special moment for one the team's most selfless players.
"The last time we came in (the locker room before the game) I wrote his name on the board and the team went nuts," Chambers said. "He works so hard and is so selfless in his approach that he deserved to hear his name and he earned the right to start."
Senior Night for Penn State was in many ways a chance to celebrate the career of star point guard Tim Frazier, the Nittany Lions' all-time assists leader and the Big Ten's ninth-leading scorer, but it was also a night to recognize the efforts of Cooper, who for two years has done everything asked of him to benefit his team in any way possible.
Even on a team with All-Big Ten candidates like Frazier and shooting guard D.J. Newbill. It is usually Cooper that leads the team onto the floor at the start of every game.
That act of leadership is just one of many reasons why the Nittany Lions locker room will have a much different feel to it once the Ijamsville, Md. native graduates at the end of the season.
"He's such a great kid and a tireless worker with a great attitude," Chambers said. "He's great in weight room and the locker room and really pushes the other guys while helping the freshmen out."
Chambers may rave about the intangibles that Cooper displays, but for the 6-foot-1 guard, doing those things is merely part of doing his job.
Growing up in Maryland, Cooper always dreamed of playing basketball at a Division I school yet saw no scholarship offers come his way after a standout career at Urbana High. Upon graduation in 2009, Cooper spent his first two years of college playing for Division III Alfred University in New York and Gulf Coast State College in Florida, yet he always had higher aspirations for himself.
"I really didn't think I would (play at a Division I school), but I always wanted to be a college basketball player," Cooper said. "When I transferred (from Gulf Coast) I wanted to go to a bigger school and I figured why not try to walk onto a team?"
Having been a fan of Penn State since his childhood neighbor Zack Mills starred as a quarterback for the Nittany Lions football team from 2001-2004, Cooper knew what school he wanted to attend, and once he secured a tryout with the team in the summer of 2012, he didn't look back.
The irony of Cooper being the only other senior besides Frazier is that over the course of the season, the duo has consistently duked it out in practice, with Cooper often simulating the moves of opposing Big Ten point guards.
According to Frazier, Cooper's relentless hustle and demanding practice habits have done as much to prepare him for games as his own preparations have.
"He's a tough, hard-nosed defender that does everything coach asks of him and he's all about attitude," Frazier said. "From day one since he got here he's played hard defense on me and prepared me for games and he's done a phenomenal job of doing his role."
Cooper's non-stop hustle certainly hasn't made practices any easier for Frazier, but it has created a mutual respect and friendship between the two guards.
For Cooper, having the chance to be teammates with someone like Frazier is one of the many things about playing Division I basketball that still has him in awe even after two years.
"Tim is very selfless and comes to work everyday trying to get better," Cooper said. "I knew coming in that one of jobs was going to be to push him in every facet of the game and I couldn't ask for a better person to work with."
With his final home game approaching Sunday against Wisconsin, Cooper can't help but shake his head looking at where he is now compared to two years ago.
"I'm kind of at a loss for words because this all kind of went by so fast," Cooper said. "I couldn't ask to be anywhere else and to play for any other school than Penn State and especially coach Chambers."
Although his time with the Nittany Lions hasn't included a large amount of playing time, the reserve guard said that there are plenty of things more important to him than getting on the floor, such as encouraging his teammates and helping them win any way he can.
After taking such a long journey to get to Penn State and finally become a Division I basketball player, Cooper isn't taking anything for granted or letting trivial things like personal accolades prevent him from enjoying his final few weeks as a Nittany Lion.
"Right now we're focused on taking things one day at a time and winning each day," Cooper said. "(Playing) is great, but winning is much sweeter, especially for a guy like Tim that's been here a lot longer than I have."
Just as Cooper puts the results of the team above himself, his teammates go out of their way to praise his attitude and the fact that he is routinely the first guy on the bench to approach players with high-fives as they come off the court.
Redshirt junior forward Alan Wisniewski, who shares a bond with Cooper as a fellow walk-on and reserve player, said that the player affectionately known as "Coop" is one of the guys who makes it fun to come to practice every day.
"Coop's been a great guy ever since he got here and comes to practice every day with a great attitude," Wisniewski said. "He brings whatever he can to the table and we definitely appreciate what he does for the team."
Seeing Cooper leave at the end of the season is not going to be easy for anyone in the program, especially Chambers. As much as the head coach of the Nittany lions will miss having a player like Frazier around, he will be just as sad to see Cooper go.
"He's going to be missed," Chambers said. "He's definitely that guy who's wide-eyed and listens to everything to take everything in and responds in positive ways to help the team out."
By Astrid Diaz, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State student-athletes carry a demeanor like no other. They posses the talent to perform on the field and the discipline to succeed in the classroom, all while representing one of the most successful athletic programs in the country.
Ellen Ceresko is entering her third spring for the Penn State women's golf team with a team-low average score of 73.1 and a low of 68 in a round.
She was one of 68 student-athletes with a 3.7 GPA or higher to be honored as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. In the summer of 2013, she won her second consecutive Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship, and she was Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week in the fall.
However, Ceresko describes herself as a regular girl attending her dream school who got lucky enough to play her favorite sport.
"I've grown up with this university...my brother came [to Penn State] and I fell in love with it then and I knew I was going to come here too," said Ceresko. "Golf here is just the icing on the cake."
She talks about the team and head coach Denise St. Pierre, who she considers her best friends and mentors.
"We are not only teammates but we're best friends," Ceresko said. "If a person is feeling down, [we have to] bring them back up."
"Our support for each other is great...yeah, golf is an individual sport, but when you look back and you see your teammates supporting you, it's great."
St. Pierre is in her 22nd season as head coach for Penn State golf and her leadership continues to inspire everyone around her.
"She teaches us about life, not just golf," said Ceresko. "[She teaches us that] you're a person, a human that plays golf. You can't be perfect but if you try your best everyday, that's all you can ask for."
"She always says 'keep your attention on the intention'," she said. "Being committed and disciplined is something I've really learned [through golf]."
"Discipline [may be] doing something that is not convenient at that time, but you look at your major goals and know that you're getting closer to them everyday," said Ceresko.
Universities in the northern part of the country hold an especially difficult obstacle for golf because of the weather. Despite this, though, Ceresko and the team don't lose momentum.
"As an athlete we always strive under pressure. We have to be ahead of everything. I have to be in control and prioritize, but we definitely have the resources. I think we're one of the top northern schools with our facilities," said Ceresko. "[My teammates and I] feed off of each other. We have that as such a great advantage."
The collegiate golf season is divided into fall and spring competitions with a few months in between as an off-season.
"[We] take those couple months and reflect back on what we did and didn't do...everything is supposed to be in moderation so it's great. That's why I love it here."
Although her journey is far from over, Penn State and golf will always be an important part of Ceresko's life.
"My favorite thing about golf are the life lessons that you learn and the opportunities and the networking. Even if I don't make it [to the professional league], I know that they people I've met [through golf] and the things I will do, I will always love," she said.
"People are going to remember you by your demeanor and how you represent yourself, especially on the golf course"
Ceresko and the team will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Kiawah Island Invitational.
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUSports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- For the seniors on the men's gymnastics team, only one home meet is left in their Penn State career. On Saturday, the No. 7 Nittany Lions will host the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers for their annual senior night meet to honor the four seniors.
This meet will be bittersweet for these gymnasts, who started the sport at very young ages. Take a look at each senior's journey as a Penn State gymnast.
"Welcome to Rec Hall."
Those are the four words that senior Preston Gall will never forget. After Gall's first time competing at home his freshman year, he shook head coach Randy Jepson's hand, and Jepson welcome him to the gym that he would competing in for the next four years.
Before coming to Penn State, as a junior in high school, Gall attended a Penn State gymnastics camp. It left a lasting impression, and while going through the recruitment process, although never taking a recruiting trip to State College, he could never shake the feeling that it just felt right at Penn State.
Like the other seniors, the team aspect is what Gall loves most.
"[My favorite part about being on the team is being with] a group of guys that you can just be goofy with and share your Penn State experience with," Gall said.
It hasn't hit Gall that his time as a Penn State gymnast is coming to a close. But he knows after the season is complete, he'll miss many things about the Penn State gymnastics program.
"Right now, you're sore all the time, so there's a lot of things that you look forward to missing. I'm sure after, I'll miss all the little things most," Gall said.
At 2 years old, Burbar started gymnastics because his mom was a coach at the gym. He would hang out at the gym because he did not have a babysitter. He became known as the "gym rat". Twenty years later, he is still the same gym rat, in a much larger gym.
When going through the recruiting process, he felt that Penn State was the best fit for him both athletically and academically. Burbar knew after talking to Coach Jepson that he wanted to be a part of Jepson's program.
Burbar's favorite part about being on the team is training with his "brothers".
"Day in and day out, [we are] training all of the time. And just for one goal; to win NCAA's. It's my favorite part; coming in here and busting our butts together," Burbar said.
Last year, the men's team was able to host the NCAA Championships in Rec Hall. When looking back on his time at Penn State, Burbar said that is his favorite memory.
"I don't think many gymnasts get the opportunity to have it at home and have your home fans and your friends here."
Burbar said this weekend's senior meet would be bittersweet. Coming off an injury, this will be his first full meet back. He is expected to compete in the floor exercise, parallel bars, and high bar.
After the season ends, Burbar says he'll miss "the entire experience".
"[I will miss] everything that comes along with [Penn State gymnastics]. Everyone you meet, everything you have to go through, the competitions, the whole experience," Burbar said.
Jochumsson, who started gymnastics at 7 years old, came to Penn State from Iceland. He said there was not much happening in Iceland, so he decided to look at schools in the United States.
"Penn State just stood out. Great school and a good gymnastics program," Jochumsson said.
His favorite part about being on the team is his teammates. Although he is almost 3,000 miles from his hometown, he has found a home in Penn State gymnastics. He also has been welcomed into the homes of many of his teammates.
"During Thanksgiving and winter break, they invite me to their houses. That makes [being far away] a lot easier," Jochumsson said.
Jochumsson's favorite memory as a Penn State gymnast is competing for the first time freshman year.
"I was very nervous. Everyone could tell I was so nervous, but people tried to calm me down," he said. "I didn't have a very good set, but I fought through it. It was a lot of fun."
He said he will miss his teammates, training, and competing as a Penn State gymnast. Next up for Jochumsson after graduation is going back to Iceland and applying graduate schools.
At 4 years old, Adrian Evans and his sister Darcy, who is four years older, were a lot to handle for Evans' mother. She decided to put them both in gymnastics to get them out of the house at the same time for a couple of times a week. And for Adrian, it stuck.
Sixteen years later, Evans began his college search. He visited a lot of Big Ten schools, but when he stepped foot on Penn State's campus, the choice was "obvious".
Evans has enjoyed his time as a Penn State gymnast, but what he loves most is getting to spend time with his teammates and coaches.
"It's an awesome family to be a part of, I will miss them a lot," Evans said.
Like Burbar, his favorite memory as a Penn State gymnast is attending the NCAA Championships in Rec Hall last year. He said has never been in an atmosphere like the one inside of Rec Hall during the NCAA Championships.
With senior night quickly approaching, Evans said it hasn't sunk in that it his last meet in Rec Hall.
"I haven't really thought about it much as senior night yet, I'm more worried about doing a good job against Minnesota. They are a really good team," Evans said. "I'm sure once the meet is over it'll actually sink in. I'll probably embarrass myself and cry or something. But right now, I'm just worried about putting in a good performance."
Watch the men's gymnastics team take on the Golden Gophers in Rec Hall on Saturday evening at 7.