St. John's coach Lavin has special tie to tourney

BY foxsports • November 16, 2011

The tournament's name says it all: 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

A two-day event at Madison Square Garden is part of an initiative to raise money to help fund research and awareness of a disease that affects so many.

When No. 19 Texas A&M meets Mississippi State and No. 15 Arizona faces St. John's on Thursday night, one head coach will have feelings besides the usual pregame jitters.

Steve Lavin of St. John's had prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 6. He was back on the bench just over a month after the surgery, and Arizona will be his third game on the bench this season. He's become even more involved in Coaches vs. Cancer than he had been for more than two decades.