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PSU Ready to Return to Rec

Nittany Lions men's basketball to play first game at Rec since 1996.
STATE COLLEGE  - Before Penn State men’s basketball looks forward, it's taking a step back with Saturday's return to Rec Hall.
The Nittany Lions studied up on their history with a trip through the storied gym to get ready for this blast to the past.

“We have great pride in our tradition,” head coach Patrick Chambers says. “There is a tradition here - there is - and a very good one. No we didn't go to a ton of NCAA Tournaments, but there's been great players that have come through, great coaches that have come through here. And 118 seasons.”

“He walked us around and showed us the history - all the winning, all the championships built and made that were there,” senior point guard Tim Frazier says of Chambers’s tour. “So he preaches a lot about history and tradition.”

The opponent for the “Return to Rec” is no sacrificial lamb.
Penn State faces a Princeton team that's 7-1 and averaging 72.1 points per game.
Still Nittany Lion junior guard D.J. Newbill says he'll take a moment to enjoy the unique atmosphere.

“It's gonna be a home court advantage,” Newbill says. “All the students and stuff are going to be all up on the court and be cheering and yelling loud. I think that we're going to appreciate them being there to support us, but at the same time, we're going to come together, stay together and focus on the business that we gotta take care of that day.”

Plenty of former Nittany Lions will be on hand, too, including the 1991 Atlantic 10 championship team who will be recognized at halftime.
That Penn State squad upset 16th-ranked UCLA in the NCAA tournament.
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