Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell gets a surprise visit from brother in the Army

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SOUTH BEND – As a player, his story is one of inspiration for fans of Notre Dame and college basketball.

A year ago, Matt Farrell was getting ready to tranfer to another school due to lack of playing time. Now he’s the starting point guard for the Fighting Irish, averaging just under 14 points and five assists per game.

But his play will take a backseat to an emotional reunion with his brother on Monday night in South Bend.

Deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army, Bo Farrell was scheduled to return in February, but he was able to get home in time for the holidays. After Notre Dame’s victory over Colgate on Monday night, Matt Farrell was instructed to watch a video from his brother on the big screen at Purcell Pavilion.

Then Bo appeared with a message for Matt.

“For us, home is wherever we’re together – and I look forward to being home with you soon,” said Bo in the video message to Matt. “Really, really soon.”

He wasn’t lying.

About 15 seconds later, Bo came out from the tunnel to the floor where he embraced a surprised and tearful Matt. With teammates and the remaining fans cheering around them, the brothers reunited in one of college basketball’s more emotional moments early in the 2016-2017 season.