KOHL CENTER (WKOW) — After an overtime loss Tuesday, the Badgers are ready to open their season at home Friday with a win. But before Friday’s game, they’ll take some time to remember what this season is all about.
“Dedicating the season to him is just the biggest thing that’s on the back of our minds,” said guard D’Mitrik Trice.
Assistant Coach Howard Moore and his family were on a trip to Michigan Memorial Day weekend when authorities say they were hit by a drunk driver going the wrong way. Jen Moore and 9-year-old Jaidyn died. Howard Moore and his son Jerell survived.
“We’ve got to do more, be more, for Moore,” Trice said.
The team has dedicated the entire season to Moore, and 15 minutes before tip-off Friday, the team will honor the Moore family. Moore’s parents and his son, Jerell, will be present, and a video will honor Moore and his late wife and daughter.
Trice says beginning the season at home by honoring Moore’s family is a reminder of why they play.
“Probably emotional, for the most part,” he said. “But once the game starts rolling and nerves calm down a little bit, I think we’ll be back to the normal things we do at Wisconsin.”
“It’ll be extremely special,” said guard Brad Davison. “I think it’ll be really cool for the fans to take a moment to recognize him, whether it be a moment of silence or a tribute video, whatever that might be. I think it’ll be very special not only for our team but for the whole UW community to come together.”
While the Badgers’ bench will be without Moore, the team won’t be.
“He’s something we’re always talking about and who we’re playing for,” forward Nate Reuvers. “Just extra motivation for us to really represent him and also the university.”