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After Tim Abromaitis went down to a season-ending injury, pretty much everyone wrote Mike Brey's Fighting Irish off.
But after Brey circled the wagons, Notre Dame moved on, and Jack Cooley should get a lot of credit for that.
Cooley's first two seasons in South Bend were unglamorous to say the least, but this year, the 6'9" junior forward is averaging 11.9 points and 9.2 boards per game. Over the last three games, Cooley has upped his game even further, averaging 21.7 points and 14.7 rebounds.
While many people even inside the Big East don't know much about him, Cooley is a big reason why Notre Dame has won seven straight and currently sits at third place in the conference.