CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Tim Abromaitis #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots a foul shot as the Akron Zips look on in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Notre Dame lost one of its best players for the season.
Notre Dame was dealt a tough blow on Friday when senior forward Tim Abromaitis tore his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during morning practice. According to the Chicago Tribune's report, Abromaitis jump-stopped and his knee gave out, sending him to the ground in pain. Coach Mike Brey released a statement following the announcement:
"We are all disappointed for Tim because of all that he has meant to our program. He has been such a big part of our success over the past three seasons. Tim is such a special young man and an unbelievable representative of Notre Dame both on and off the basketball court."
Abromaitis is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and earned third-team All-Big East honors; he was a preseason all-conference selection heading into this season.