Another shining moment for Notre Dame sophomore Rex Pflueger

IRISH STEW

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Make it two-for-two for Notre Dame sophomore guard Rex Pflueger.

Growing up in Southern California, Pflueger made sure every year to watch the NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship game to its conclusion. In addition to the buzzer-beaters and potential for upsets, part of the fun of the tournament every March for Pflueger was the “One Shining Moment” video that closed television coverage of championship night.

Maybe, Pflueger remembers thinking when he was a kid, he’d be good enough one day to not only to play college basketball, but also get a spot in the post-tournament video.

He’s done it each of his first two college seasons.

Following North Carolina’s national championship win over Gonzaga, Pflueger had a role in Monday’s “One Shining Moment.” It captured him during Notre Dame’s first-round game against Princeton. Cameras caught Pflueger walking off the court bleeding from a cut on the left side of his head as he headed off for stitches (he needed six).

A year ago, Pflueger’s tip-in with 1.5 seconds remaining to beat Stephen F. Austin was his shining moment.

After all but serving as a Notre Dame infomercial last season – the Irish had no fewer than 10 video clips plus an audio overlay of coach Mike Brey – “One Shining Moment” went a little lighter on Pflueger and his teammates this season.

Notre Dame appeared three times in the video. In addition to Pflueger, an Irish huddle prior to the start of their NCAA tournament game in Buffalo, N.Y., was featured near the start of the montage. The Irish also were shown as West Virginia’s Esa Ahmad drove the lane and dunked during a second-round game. It was the final one in a 26-10 season for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame sophomore guard Rex Pflueger earned a spot in CBS' "One Shining Moment" video for the second-straight season. (AP Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)