Newly ranked and rolling Notre Dame will be without its best player for at least one high-profile matchup.
Back in the Associated Press rankings for the first time in nine weeks, No. 25 Notre Dame will square off vs. long-time foil Syracuse Thursday evening without Demetrius Jackson. The junior guard was injured Saturday in a win over Boston College and won’t play due to a “moderate hamstring pull” according to head coach Mike Brey.
“It was what we thought,” Brey said of Monday’s MRI results. “No other crazy damage. He just needs time. We can’t count on him Thursday – he’s not going to be ready Thursday…it gives us three days to prepare and we did play (Saturday vs. Boston College) without him.”
Syracuse (13-8; 3-5) had its three-game winning streak snapped over the weekend in a 73-65 loss at No. 13 Virginia.
Notre Dame (14-5; 5-2) returns home after its trip to upstate New York to face Wake Forest on Jan. 31.
“Sunday will be another story,” Brey offered. “We’ll see how he feels on Friday. Hamstrings are quirky, I just don’t want it to linger. Make sure we get him right.”
Pressed for Jackson’s availability vs. the Orange, Brey joked “He’ll be out Thursday. It would be a miracle to come back. I guess miracles happen – especially at Notre Dame. I don’t think we need to mess around with that Thursday. He will travel with us though.”