Irish Senior Guard Rex Pflueger Announces ACL Injury
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During the second half of Notre Dame’s 88-80 win over Purdue in Indianapolis, Irish guard Rex Pflueger jumped in the air on defense and went down grabbing his left knee.
The senior was in obvious pain, and head coach Mike Brey noted post-game that the worst (ACL) was feared.
On Monday, Pflueger announced he did in fact tear his ACL in the contest and will miss the rest of the 2018-19 season.
Losing Pflueger is major blow for Brey and company. Pflueger is a captain and provides in multiple areas on the court. The California native averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the team's first 10 games, including a 20-point game against UCLA and 10 assists before going down against the Boilermakers.
Pflueger is the second guard Notre Dame will lose to a season-ending injury after it was announced freshman Robby Carmody will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Carmody will be able to redshirt and maintain four years of eligibility.
Notre Dame men’s basketball sports information director Alan Wasielewski stated on Twitter that Pflueger will have surgery in the next three or four weeks and discussions about pursuing a fifth-year will not occur until the spring semester.
Freshman guard Dane Goodwin will now see even more minutes in the rotation as will junior guard Nik Djogo. It will be interesting to see if Goodwin slides into the starting lineup or Brey goes in another direction.
Notre Dame hosts Binghamton at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 18.