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Badgers Win Exhibition Game, Gards Honor Father With Cancer Awareness

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The Wisconsin men's basketball team hosted Division III UW-Platteville in exhibition play on Sunday. The Badgers won the game 86-58, but cancer awareness was front and center.

Playing each other in basketball has always been part of the family for Greg and Jeff Gard. A passion they developed from their father. except this time around the game was in honor of their father exactly one year to the day after he passed away from brain cancer.

"Everybody was asking, what is going to happen at half court?" Said Platteville head coach Jeff Gard Said. "I even laughed. We had a mass for dad this morning back in Highland. I told my assistant coaches and our team doctor, let's take a small survey and find out when is the last time two head coaches that were going to be playing each other in about five hours were sitting in the same pew?"

Hundreds of cancer survivors were honored during the game. The badgers wore memorable patches for those associated with the program. even Glen Gard, Greg and Jeff's dad had a seat, front and center.

Greg said, "today they had to make sure he was going to be neutral. otherwise that other coach was going to get upset. for this game we wanted him center court. he was going to show no favoritism."

A brotherly love that has no lack of competitiveness. The final score had one result, but the end consensus was the same. 

"That word. that six letter word cancer has really taken on a whole new meaning in the last 18 months." Greg said.

Jeff said, "win or lose today this program won. On the stage that we were able to make an impact on others lives."

To view a box score from the exhibition game, click here.

Wisconsin will open it's regular season at home against Central Arkansas on November 11.

UW-Plateville will open it's regular season at home against Luther on November 15.

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