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Former Butler center Andrew Smith battles cancer in ICU

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INDIANAPOLIS – While most of the basketball world has focused on the leg injury of Paul George this weekend, another familiar name in Indiana basketball is dealing with a health battle of a much different kind.

Per his wife Samantha’s Twitter account, former Butler center Andrew Smith was placed in the ICU as he continues to fight non-Hodgksin’s Lymphoma which he was diagnosed with this past February.

Earlier this week, Smith had posted this on her Twitter account:

On Saturday evening, Smith gave friends and those who have followed her husband throughout his days at Butler this update:

Smith discovered that he had non-Hodgskins Lymphoma while he was playing basketball professionally in Lithuania. He has been home battling the disease since that time.

During his four-year career at Butler, Smith started 103 games and scored 1,147 points for the Bulldogs. He played a big part in helping Butler to a pair of national championship games in 2010 and 2011 along with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.