Syracuse Basketball: Kris Joseph Recovering From Fever

Feb 22, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Kris Joseph (32) dribbles the ball during the second half of a game against the South Florida Bulls at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 56-48. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

If you're still trying to figure out why Kris Joseph's play inexplicably dropped off last week during the Big East Tournament, this may help. He was battling a 102 degree fever.

More importantly, Joseph says he's back at full strength after kicking a 102-degree fever that adversely affected his performance last week in the Big East tournament. He appeared sluggish in going 3 for 14 for just 19 points, but still played all but 9 minutes in two games.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Joseph is "the guy that's got to be there.''

Like everything last week, better that it happened then than now. Glad to hear Joseph is back at full-strength because we're going to need him. He's not a 20-points-a-night guy but he's the guy we count on when it matters. (Dion Waiters just sneered and Scoop Jardine just hoisted seven ill-advised shots).

The senior is averaging 13.8 points and tied for second on the team in steals. Now as for his free throws, that's a whole other matter...

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