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Barclays Center Donates to Huggs' Cancer Fund


West Virginia basketball will take on Michigan from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night, but head coach Bob Huggins will leave the arena with a victory regardless of what happens on the court.

Barclays Center is set to present Huggins with a check for $50,000 to benefit the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund, which the WVU coach started in honor of his late mother, who lost her life to colon cancer in 2003.

The donation will push the fund closer to Huggins' current goal in what he calls the "race to $1 million."

The money goes toward cancer research at Morgantown's Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and the West Virginia Research Trust Fund matches all of the money that Huggins' fund raises.

"Nick Valvano, who heads up the V Foundation, told me that we have a great cancer center. He said he did research, and that we're doing good things, which made me feel so much better about what we do," Huggins said at an event benefiting the event earlier in December. "We started this at the Mary Babb Cancer Research Center, because my mom grew up on Eighth Street in Morgantown, and my dad grew up in Dug Hill. We're close to approaching $1 million, which is a wonderful thing."

The on-court presentation will include Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark presenting the check to Huggins at 7:48 p.m. prior to tipoff between the Mountaineers and the Wolverines at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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