For anyone who thought Notre Dame was better without Luke Harangody, well the two-time All-American proved you wrong Wednesday night.
Harangody came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds in the Irish’s 68-56 win over Seton Hall in the second round of the Big East tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Irish (22-10) were a good bet to get into the NCAA tournament before the win over the Pirates (19-12), but now, they are a lock.
And how scary is it for any team playing Notre Dame in the first weekend knowing that Harangody will be coming off the bench to provide the points and rebounds that he did against Seton Hall.
Notre Dame plays Georgetown on Thursday in the quarterfinals. And it will be interesting to see how Harangody plays in his second game in as many nights.
He didn’t show any rust from the bone bruise on his right knee in Wednesday’s win after playing 11 minutes last Saturday in an overtime win over Marquette.
But playing in back-to-back nights will show how much he has recovered from an injury that kept him out of five games.
Going into the conference tournament, Harangody said there was no limit to his playing time coming off the bench.
"I think just me communicating with (coach Mike Brey) is a big deal," Harangody said Monday. "He wasn’t sure if he wanted to play me Saturday. I think just to get my feet wet again was the main point of focus. I was good, and I was able to do some things."
Harangody said his knee didn’t give him any trouble after the win over the Golden Eagles, and he sure looked like he was his old self in the win over the Pirates.
Good news for Notre Dame, bad news for the Irish’s opponents.