Hawkeyes to honor Purdue Superfan Tyler Trent during Thursday basketball game

(Courtesy: Purdue Cancer Center)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (KCRG) - The Purdue and Iowa men's basketball teams will be wearing the same shirt as they take to the court on Thursday to honor a superfan.

Tyler Trent, 20, passed away Tuesday after battling a rare form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. Trent's story gained national attention after getting featured on ESPN, where he predicted in October that Purdue would defeat highly-ranked Ohio State. It was against the odds, and the Boilermakers prevailed 49-20. The hashtag #TylerStrong gained momentum on social media.

Tyler led " The Wave" - a new tradition at University of Iowa football games where fans at Kinnick Stadium wave across the street to patients and families at the Stead Family Children's Hospital - when the Hawkeyes traveled to play Purdue in November. Tyler said he and his father participated in the wave when he attended the Purdue at Iowa game in 2017.

Players from both teams will wear #TylerStrong shirts during warm-ups and while on the bench Thursday.


The Hawkeyes face the Purdue Boilermakers at 6 p.m. Thursday.