Bad news overshadows big win for Notre Dame men at Crossroads Classic

Tom Noie
ND Insider

{child_flags:featured}Bad news overshadows big win for Notre Dame men at Crossroads Classic

{child_byline}By Tom Noie

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{child_flags:featured}Bad news overshadows big win for Notre Dame men at Crossroads Classic

{child_byline}By Tom Noie

ND Insider{/child_byline}

Three years of frustrating finishes at the annual Crossroads Classic were supposed to be flushed with perhaps the most complete 40 minutes of basketball Notre Dame had played to date Saturday afternoon.

There was so much to like about the effort against Purdue in the eighth annual, mid-December Saturday doubleheader at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Notre Dame finally secured a solid start with a sizzling shooting display. The Irish got good efforts from all angles. And in both halves. It was more than enough to snap a three-year Crossroads losing streak with an 88-80 victory.

Yet the focus afterward wasn’t on the progress that was made, but what may have been lost with a potential season-ending injury to senior captain Rex Pflueger, whose future will be determined in the coming days with an MRI on his left knee.

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Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger (0) goes to the basket against Sasha Stefanovic of Purdue on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.