The Syracuse Orange (11-9, 3-4) suffered yet another loss on Saturday, this time at the hands of No. 15 Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1).
Afterwards, as you might imagine, Jim Boeheim wasn’t in the best mood. Although this wasn’t one of his more exciting press conferences, he never fails to get his point across.
“I can’t even describe how disappointed I am in a couple guys on our team,” Boeheim said while shaking his head after he responded to a question.
Now, it’s not very difficult to figure out who Boeheim was talking about even if he didn’t mention anyone by name.
Tyler Roberson played 11 minutes, was held scoreless, corralled only one rebound and committed four personal fouls.
Taurean Thompson played just nine minutes, went 0-for-4 from the field, finished with two rebounds and committed four fouls as well.
The two point guards — John Gillon and Frank Howard — continued their poor play on the road...and in general. In 39 total minutes, the two combined for four points, four assists and three turnovers.
On the flip side, Tyler Lydon, Tyus Battle and Andrew White all scored in double-figures. Lydon’s 24 points was a team-high, but V.J. Beachem scored a career-high 30 points for Notre Dame to upstage him.
But Boeheim has been disappointed all year. Tyler Roberson has been inconsistent all season, while John Gillon and Frank Howard continue to struggle and neither refuse to take charge of the offense. Taurean Thompson has been a great addition to the program offensively, but still looks clueless defensively.
But as for Boeheim, he thought this was going to be one of his best teams ever. Or had potential to — it depends which press conference you watch. The depth was supposed to be arguably his best ever — and it’s far from it. Those things just happen in college basketball. It’s almost impossible to predict.
Before the season, nearly everyone thought Frank Howard had improved and could be the No. 1 point guard. None of us thought Andrew White would be this much of a liability on the defensive end and John Gillon was supposed to be a legitimate point guard that could take care of the ball and make shots.
The disappointment goes beyond just Boeheim. Syracuse fans throughout the country are disappointed with the poor performance, lack of leadership and the thought of the program’s first losing season in over 40 years.
And to make matters worse, Tyler Roberson attempted to skip out on his media availability after the loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.
Boeheim wasn’t having any of it, according to Matt Schneidman of The Daily Orange.
Tyler Roberson walked out of the locker room as reporters entered and Jim Boeheim said, "You're not leaving that locker room. Come here."— Matt Schneidman (@matt_schneidman) January 21, 2017
Boeheim then pulled Roberson aside for a talk that did not seem lighthearted, to say the least.— Matt Schneidman (@matt_schneidman) January 21, 2017
The Roberson-Boeheim relationship hasn’t been good, as most know. This doesn’t help. But as a senior, Roberson knows media avaliablity is mandatory unless there’s an injury and the player needs treatment.
This wasn’t the case.
It was someone who had a bad game and wanted to avoid talking about it.
Not a good look.