Notre Dame Took Advantage Of Bama Injury

Alabama junior point guard Jahvon Quinerly left the Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament game against Notre Dame Friday afternoon in the opening minutes with a knee injury and did not return in the first half.

“I haven’t heard anything from the trainer,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said during a timeout in TNT’s coverage of the game midway through the first half in San Diego. “He said he felt something in his knee.”

Oats went to the court when Quinerly went down in the opening three minutes of the NCAA West Region opener.

“It’s something with his left knee, but I don’t know yet,” Oats said.

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Quinerly was driving to the basket with Notre Dame up 3-2 when his left leg buckled. He could be heard moaning in pain before being helped off.

Quinerly is the Tide’s second leading scorer with 14.3 points a game and leads the team in assists with 4.2 a game. He has started 27 games this season.

No. 11 seed Notre Dame (24-10) went on to take a 41-36 halftime lead and win the game, 78-64. The Irish beat Rutgers in overtime in a play-in game on Wednesday to reach the field of 64. Notre Dame advances to a Sunday game against Texas Tech (26-9), which beat Montana State on Friday.

No. 6 seed Alabama finished 19-14.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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