Not that this is something to cheer about, but I’m sure the USD men’s basketball team won’t mind.
Eighth-ranked Notre Dame will be without standout forward Luke Harangody indefinitely after the reigning Big East Player of the Year contracted pneumonia.
And remember, the Coyotes (3-3) travel to South Bend, Ind., Tuesday for a matchup with the Irish. Although there has been no official word that Harangody will miss the game against USD, one would think “indefinitely” refers to a stretch longer then 3 days.
Harangody became ill after scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in Notre Dame’s 81-80 win over seventh-ranked Texas on Tuesday. And even with the illness, the junior had 13 points and seven boards in a 102-87 loss to top-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday.
Harangody, who has never missed a game at Notre Dame, leads the team in scoring (22.6) and rebounds (11.2) per game. The Irish play Furman Sunday before hosting USD on Tuesday, and Notre Dame’s release said that the junior will be on the bench for the Furman game.
OK, let’s face it: USD wasn’t going to beat Notre Dame anyway, and Harangody’s illness won’t change that. But like the games at Cornell and Cincinnati, this Division I game for the Coyotes will mean more in the long run. That’s what they’re all about; catching a glimpse of the top level, facing great competition and taking mental notes on what you can expect in the coming years.