TJ Gibbs feeling 'a lot better,' caught the flu last weekend

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Last Saturday's game for Notre Dame was unlike any other game Mike Brey has ever coached before: he only had six players active for the game.

That's because forward Juwan Durham had an ankle sprain and, 20 minutes before the game, guard and captain T.J. Gibbs caught the flu.

Gibbs tried to fight through the sickness on Saturday and just couldn't do it.

According to Brey, Gibbs had not been able to eat for the past few days but mustered up enough strength to play Tuesday night against North Carolina.

"It's just tough luck but you look around the league and there's attrition at other places too," Brey said. "Duke has had some stuff. NC State. Everybody. Ours has hit a little earlier but everybody is dealing with something right now but he's feeling a lot better."

In fact, since the sickness, Gibbs has lost 10 pounds. His normal weight is 190 pounds but now he sits at just 181.

However, today Gibbs says he is feeling so much better and will do whatever it takes to help the Irish get a win on Saturday against NC State.

"I love this group," Gibbs said. "I would do anything for this team whether it's go out and play sick or give my left arm. I love these guys to death and that's something this team is always going to do. We're going to fight. I just knew I had to keep fighting no matter if it wasn't me taking shots or me just trying what I can do defensively and help the team out."

Gibbs and the Irish tip off against No. 17 NC State on Saturday at 2 PM.