The University of Nebraska and Mississippi State University basketball programs will look to raise money for hurricane victims, as the programs will square off in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, October 22, at 1:00 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.
Nebraska and Mississippi State together sought and received a waiver from the NCAA to play the extra exhibition game with the sole purpose to benefit hurricane victims. While admission is free for Sunday’s game, representatives from the MSU Student Relief Fund and the Salvation Army will be collecting monetary donations to benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
“Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm which affected many people in the Southeast and in the Caribbean,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “Our goal is that we can raise a lot of money for those who need it and have a great time competing against Coach Howland and his team. It is a great platform for our two programs to raise awareness and help people in need. We look forward to Sunday afternoon and it should be an exciting game.”
“This is a great opportunity to help so many people in need who were affected by the hurricane,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “Hurricane Irma was devastating, and our hearts and prayers have been with everyone as they have dealt with horrific and tragic loss. This is a chance for us to do our part in helping those in need.”
Sunday’s game is a rare matchup between the two schools. In regular-season play, the two teams have met just once, with the Bulldogs claiming a 69-66 win in the Ford Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon, in 1995.