Mike Brey: Preparing for Syracuse ‘like we will not have’ Jackson

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Notre Dame head coach made it sound quite likely that star point guard Demetrius Jackson will not be available on Thursday when the Fighting Irish head to Syracuse.

Jackson suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win at Boston College. He was listed as day-to-day by Brey after the win, but it sounds as if he could miss some time.

“I just want to make sure we get him healed up,” Brey said. “Don’t want to bring him back too quick. We’ve got to be really, really careful with this. You’re just not thinking he’s going to be available for Thursday.”

“We’re preparing like we will not have him,” Brey added.

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.