Over the course of the past 24 hours or so, news of the latest injury bug to hit Notre Dame forward Scott Martin has surfaced.
According to various reports, Martin is expected to miss at least the next two weeks of play, but very well could be forced to call it an end to his playing career. The sixth year senior had been averaging 7.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season for the Irish, so undoubtedly it’s a tough blow to their lineup, rotation and overall leadership.
Injuries are nothing new to Martin, who has already missed time recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus. Martin played only 18 minutes in the Irish’s loss to Georgetown on Monday and head coach Mike Brey knows the time to give Martin his rest is now.
The loss opens the door for many of the Irish’s younger guys to step right in and make their case within Notre Dame’s rotation. Of course, the impact and loss that the injury has on the Fighting Irish could not have come at a worse time. Notre Dame will enter Saturday’s contest against South Florida having lost three of their past four games.
Brey and the Irish were able to use Big East play as a launching pad a season ago, staking their claim for a berth within the NCAA Tournament. Now, at 3-3 in the conference through the front six games, things could apparently go either way at this point.
“If they have to play their way into it a little bit, the young guys, we can do that,” Brey told theChicago Tribune. “There’s a lot of games left. If we have to learn on the fly for a while to have what need to have in February, that’s what we have to do.”
Notre Dame and South Florida will tip-off at 12:00pm (EST) on Saturday.
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