What we know about Alabama basketball's Jahvon Quinerly knee injury in NCAA Tournament

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama men's basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly suffered a left knee injury early in the first half of a 2022 NCAA Tournament first-round game against Notre Dame. 

Quinerly, a 6-foot-1 guard, is in his third season as a member of the Alabama men's basketball team. He played the 2018-19 season at Villanova as a freshman before transferring to Alabama.

Before the injury, Quinerly played three minutes Friday and had one assist while going 0-for-2 on a pair of 3-point shots.

No. 6 seed Alabama entered the 2022 NCAA Tournament at 19-13 overall. Most recently, Vanderbilt beat Alabama 82-76 on March 10 in the SEC Tournament second round. 

When did Jahvon Quinerly injure his knee?

Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) dribbles against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Prentiss Hubb (3) in the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Jahvon Quinerly injured his right knee with 16:31 left in the first half of the game against Notre Dame. 

The game was stopped, and Alabama assistant coach Bryan Hodgson and athletic trainer Clarke Holter came out to help Quinerly walk off the court. 

How did the Jahvon Quinerly injury occur? 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 18: Jahvon Quinerly #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on March 18, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Alabama forward Keon Ellis grabbed a defensive rebound with 16:33 left in the first half. 

Jahvon Quinerly got the ball on a fast break, and he started to drive from the left wing against Notre Dame's Prentiss Hubb

On the drive, Quinerly went down clutching at his left knee as he lay on the baseline.

How serious is the Jahvon Quinerly knee injury? 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 18: Jahvon Quinerly #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is looked over by a trainer after being injured against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on March 18, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

It's unclear the exact severity of the Jahvon Quinerly injury. 

It was announced midway through the first half on the TNT broadcast that Quinerly would be out for the remainder of the game against Notre Dame. 

Quinerly was also shown in Viejas Arena on crutches. 

"The doctor didn't think it was good," Alabama head coach Nate Oats said after the game. "We just don't want to speculate on what it is yet until we get an MRI. Don't know." 

Oats said Quinerly will undergo an MRI when the team returns to Alabama. 

Did Jahvon Quinerly return to the Alabama bench? 

Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) reacts in pain after an apparent injury in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Late in the game, Jahvon Quinerly was shown on the Alabama bench.

Quinerly had a large, black brace on his left knee, and he was wearing a red Alabama hooded sweatshirt.

What are Jahvon Quinerly's stats at Alabama this season?

Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) passes over the defense of Notre Dame guard Prentiss Hubb (3) during the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball tournament game, Friday, March 18, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

During the 2021-22 season, Jahvon Quinerly is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.

He scored a season-high 26 points against South Dakota State on Nov. 12, 2021. Quinerly notched a season-high nine assists against Missouri on Jan. 22, 2022.

Quinerly played in each of Alabama's first 33 games this season. He started 27 times for the Crimson Tide, including against Notre Dame.

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The Alabama men’s basketball program made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament during the 1974-75 season. Alabama has never reached the Final Four. The furthest Alabama has advanced in the NCAA Tournament is to the Elite Eight in 2003-04. 

The 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four in New Orleans starts Saturday, April 2. The NCAA Tournament national championship game is scheduled to take place Monday, April 4.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik