Rex Pflueger out for season with torn ACL

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The Notre Dame men's basketball team got a big win over the weekend, knocking off in-state rival Purdue 88-80 in the Crossroads Classic, but they also suffered a huge loss.

Senior captain Rex Pflueger tore the ACL in his left knee with 5:36 left in the game with the Irish leading 69-58. His season is over.

Pflueger has started every game this year, and is averaging 8.1 ppg and 30 minutes per game.

The Irish have now lost two players to season-ending injuries in the last week. Freshman guard Robby Carmody announced he was undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, and now Pflueger.

Because the injury happened early enough in the season, it's possible he could get a medical redshirt. However, the team said Monday that decision is entirely up to him, and they don't expect him to make one anytime soon.

If Pflueger declines the medical redshirt, then his college basketball career will be over.

The Irish will take the court without their senior captain Tuesday, when ND hosts Binghamton at Purcell Pavilion at 7pm.