Notre Dame struggled a bit earlier in the season, but the Fighting Irish have quietly put themselves into a position where a strong stretch run could get them into the NCAA tournament.
Those hopes took a hit on Saturday, however, as Demetrius Jackson was carried off the floor by teammates with what was diagnosed as a pulled hamstring. Jackson did not return to the 76-49 win over Boston College, and Mike Brey said afterwards that he’s unsure of how long they will be without their star point guard.
“Demetrius has a hamstring injury and those are tricky,” Brey said. “We’ll go day-to-day with him.”
If Jackson is out for any extended period of time, it’s a brutal blow for the Irish. Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 1 in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom, and Jackson is the centerpiece of that offense. He averages 36.2 minutes, 17.6 points and 5.3 assists as essentially the only point guard on the Notre Dame roster.
Notre Dame’s next four games: at Syracuse, Wake Forest, at Miami and North Carolina. If he’s out for two weeks, Notre Dame could end up losing all four of those games.
On the season, the Irish are 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the ACC.