Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger, center, and Matt Farrell, left, celebrate with teammates after a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in New York. Notre Dame won 76-75. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The NCAA Tournament can turn little-known players on the national stage into college basketball stars.
Welcome to the club, Rex Pflueger.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, 2016
That tip-in allowed sixth-seeded Notre Dame to move on to the Sweet 16 with a 76-75 win on Sunday over No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin. Here's a look from the baseline:
Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger (0) shoots over Stephen F. Austin's Clide Geffrard, Jr. (11) during the second half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in New York. Notre Dame won 76-75. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Pflueger is a 6-foot-6 freshman guard who was averaging 2.5 points in 27 games this season, playing about 13 minutes a contest. He arrived at South Bend from powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Pflueger's Notre Dame bio describes him as a "strong defender who displays great energy when he is on the court."
Now he's got an afternoon to remember in the NCAA Tournament. The game-winner was his only bucket in 14 minutes on Sunday.
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 20, 2016
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