The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday to take on Ohio State.
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Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Game Set for Saturday

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - As part of Saturday’s game against Ohio State, the Husker basketball programs and Athletic Department will recognize members of the Husker Athletic family and fans who been personally affected by cancer.  It is part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and American Cancer Society’s Suits and Sneakers week.

All fans who come to Saturday’s 11 a.m. game with Ohio State can receive information on how to join the National Bone Marrow Registry, as volunteers will be at all of the entrances around Pinnacle Bank Arena. This is the sixth year that the Husker basketball program has participated in the Be the Match program, and has led to at least four bone marrow matches from previous games, including one donor who will be honored on Saturday.

Fans are also encouraged to wear suits and sneakers as both coaching staffs will be in suits and sneakers as part of the NABC and American Cancer Society’s efforts to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. The Husker coaches and staff will wear suits and sneakers, while the team will have will have special shooting shirt for the occasion.

During the starting lineup, the Huskers will also a special group of people who are either battling cancer or have donated bone marrow thru the Be the Match program. That group includes Avery Harriman, who has been cancer free after a pair of bone marrow transplants and was the reason the Huskers became involved in the Be the Match program, and Dylan Downes, a UNL student whose brother Liam was his bone marrow donor. The group also includes a pair of people with cancer that have ties to the Athletic Department in Katie Jewell and Brent Bargen. The final member was Cameron Beck, who was a former student trainer with the Husker basketball program and is a successful bone marrow donor after signing up in 2014.

During halftime, the group will be formally recognized, as well as Florence Dalby, who has been a basketball season ticket holder for 80 years. She is a breast cancer survivor and will celebrate her 99th birthday on Feb. 2.

Several promotions are set up for students for Saturday’s game. The first 1,000 students will receive a special gameday t-shirt, while the first 500 students in the gates will receive a Herbie Husker tie for the occasion. In addition, any student that dresses in a suit and sneakers will have a chance to win a $500 gift card for a new suit.

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