"People don't want to hear it, coaches don't want to use it as an excuse, but Syracuse is not the same team without Grant. They're just not," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "And they haven't been since he's been banged up. It throws everybody off."
As for Syracuse itself, it needs Duke to lose one of its final two games to have a chance at the No. 2 seed. If the Orange beats Florida State, it can finish no worse than No. 3. And a scenario still exists for Syracuse to tumble all the way to the No. 4 seed.
Grant is expected to return to practice soon, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, but there was little update as to the injury itself. "We have no idea," Boeheim said. "There’s nothing wrong. He’s got some soreness and we think that he could be ready to play in a few days.
A photographer gets flattened by a hustling Rakeem Christmas.
I got a late start to watching ACC hoops on Tuesday night after taking my son out for his birthday. When I got home and checked out the scores on my laptop and found Syracuse was losing by double-figures to Georgia Tech.
And that means Syracuse, right now, can continue to hope it can turn a corner and finally land the jewel of the in-state prospects.
If Syracuse can land Hofrichter in February, he could develop into a two-way specialist, already possessing the skills to blast a career-best 65-yard field goal in practice off a 1-inch tee and routinely punt the ball 45 yards.
Brittney Sykes has endured the demands of being a go-to player thanks to the exuberance of youth.
On March 1, though, Cushing beat St. Andrew’s 67-64 in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AA Championship semifinal. The next day, Joseph captured his second consecutive championship, finishing with 25, nine rebounds and nine assists as Cushing beat Kimball Union Academy 78-70.
Wentworth was a midfielder and faceoff specialist in high school, and tried out again before this season thinking he could help the Orange rectify its problems at the X. It seemed like wishful thinking, but he made the team and is now one of three active specialists — along with long-stick midfielder Peter Macartney — trying to solve a seemingly unsolvable puzzle for the nation’s ninth-ranked team.
"The visit went well," McClain told BuffaloBills.com. "It reminded me of my college days being up in Syracuse. I know Coach Marrone. He's a stand-up guy. Everything that I know about him or heard about him he's a stand-up guy. I didn't get the pleasure of playing for him at Syracuse, but I got the chance to meet him and he's still the same, great personality."
James Southerland reached double-digit scoring for the fourth straight contest and seventh time in the last nine games. With three tilts on the schedule, Southerland averaged averaged 13 points as the Defenders went 1-2.