No. 9 Nebraska, UIC at No. 6 Minnesota
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 7 p.m. CST
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavillion)
Grabbing their first victory of the season, the Nebraska men's gymnastics team looks to continue their success on the road as they travel to Minnesota this weekend. The Huskers will face the Golden Gophers, as well as meet the UIC Flames once again. NU will compete in the Sports Pavillion at 7 p.m. CST on Feb. 2. Fans who can't make it to the meet can follow the team on Twitter (@NebraskaMGym) or on Facebook (facebook.com/NebraskaMGym) for live updates from the meet. Live video will also be available at GopherSports.com for a fee.
The Huskers and the Golden Gophers look to earn their second win of the season Saturday. Nebraska dominated at home against UIC, claiming the top spots both individually and as a team on all six events, as well as in the individual all-around. Minnesota won their home opener as well, triumphing over the Air Force Falcons 430.600-404.450. Nebraska faced the Golden Gophers three times during the regular season, most recently on March 11 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Scouting the Flames
A Glance at UIC
Head Coach: Charley Nelson
2013 Record: 0-8
2013 High Score: 401.600 (Windy City Invitational, 1/19/13)
UIC started their 2013 season with a pair of home meets, coming out on the bottom of both. They hosted Illinois on Jan. 12, falling to the Illini with a score of 425.45-385.75. The Flames then held the 43rd Annual Windy City Invitational inside the Physical Education Building. The team posted a season-best team score of 401.600. Coming off a season-high, the Flames traveled to Lincoln to face the Huskers, where they lost 423.300-397.500. UIC looks to improve on their scores in Minneapolis by continuing to face top-ten teams for the third week in a row.
Scouting the Golden Gophers
A Glance at Minnesota
Head Coach: Mike Burns
2013 Record: 2-3-1 (0-3-1 Big Ten)
2013 High Score: 430.600 (vs. Air Force, 1/26/13)
No. 6 Minnesota started their 2013 season off tying for fourth with Iowa at the Windy City Invitational. The Golden Gophers were unable to match conference foes Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State, who claimed the top three spots. Minnesota outmatched UIC 422.350-401.600. The Golden Gophers then returned home, where they took the win over No. 11 Air Force in the Sports Pavillion.
Nebraska faces their first break of the season after facing Minnesota and UIC this weekend. Grant Perdue and Eric Schryver will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Winter Cup on Feb. 7-9. The Huskers will recooperate during their two-week break before hitting the road again. They will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to face the Hawkeyes on Feb. 23. The meet will start at 5 p.m. CST.
Last Time Out: Huskers Sweep Flames in First Win
NU earned it's first win of the 2013 season at home, grabbing all six event titles both individually and as a team. Junior C.J. Schaaf also took home the all-around title after setting a personal-best score of 81.050.
Sophomore Josh Ungar opened his 2013 season with a bang, earning a 14.85 on vault and taking home the event title. He also competed on high bar, where he placed second overall (14.15).
Eric Schryver took home two individual event titles, while also completing the most attention-grabbing routine of the meet. The junior received a 14.15 on parallel bars, making him the only competitor to break 14.00 on the aparatus. He also took home the high bar title after earning a 14.30. Schryver routine and stuck landing on high bar put the crowd into an uproar at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
NU set season-high event scores on pommel horse (71.550) and rings (71.000), which helped the team set their season-best team total of 423.300. Despite their total score, the Huskers continued to struggle on parallel bars and saw some difficulty on floor.
Micah Christensen and Grant Perdue were the only two Huskers able to break 14.00 on floor. Perdue grabbed a 15.05 on the event, earning him the event title. The sophomore continued to struggle on vault, finishing with a 12.80.
Nebraska Maintains Top-Ten Status
Sophomores Josh Ungar and Grant Perdue helped anchor the Huskers in their No. 9 position in the national rankings this week after solid performances from them on vault and floor respectively. Ungar's 14.85 on vault earned him a spot in the individual rankings, tying him at ninth with Olympian Syque Caesar from Michigan.
All-arounders Wyatt Aycock and CJ Schaaf were the only Huskers to stay in the individual rankings from last week to this week. Aycock jumped five positions in the pommel horse rankings, moving him to 15th with an average score of 14.533. He also continued to hold his place in the all-around rankings, dropping to 12th with his score of 82.100. Schaaf maintained a place in the all-around rankings for the third week in a row, moving to 18th with his average of 80.783.
NU dropped one place in the team rankings on floor and parallel bars, despite increased averages after their win at home. Nebraska saw higher rankings on high bar and vault, thanks to strong performances on both aparatus'.