Why does UAB's team wear two different colored shoes?

Eagle-eyed observers of Thursday's matchup between Iowa State and the University of Alabama-Birmingham may have noticed that UAB was wearing two different colored shoes on the court. Fashion statement? Lost equipment? Nah. The truth is far more noble.

UAB is working with the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders to raise awareness of childhood cancer research and advocacy.

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"We played a team over in Spain [in 2014] and one of the players came out, wearing a black and white shoe and everybody just noticed it," head coach Jerod Haase said last November. "So we started talking and kind of joking about that and one idea led to another idea and about 27 ideas later this is the one we came up with."

You can see more about the Blazers' fundraising efforts right here. And look for this particular fashion trend to stick around since 14th-seeded UAB upset third-seeded Iowa State and will face UCLA on Saturday for a chance to go to the Sweet 16.

Hey, it's better in every way than a return of short-shorts.

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