Unfortunate news today from everyone’s favorite Syracuse Orange alumni roster. Boeheim’s Army will be without one of its newest additions as Tyler Lydon won’t participate due a right hip injury, as reported by Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota.
Kills me to have to do this, was looking forward to playing https://t.co/fJSQ4qhkh6— Tyler Lydon (@Tyler_Lydon14) July 1, 2020
Lydon mentioned to Ditota that he felt a similar problem with his hip when he was with the Sacramento Kings before the team released him in October. He reportedly “felt a pop or a tweak” in the same hip around two weeks ago.
Replacing Lydon in Boeheim’s Army is 2020 Colgate graduate Will Rayman. The 6-foot-9 forward is the only player in Colgate history with at least 1,800 points and 900 rebounds. Rayman will hope to make up for some of Lydon’s shooting as the former Raider knocked down 40 percent of his three-point shots in his college career.
“We needed somebody who is willing to do whatever it took,” said Boeheim’s Army general manager Kevin Belby to Ditota. “He plays really hard, he rebounds. He’s the leading rebounder in the Patriot League (7.1 boards per game) and is willing to play any role. He’s on paper what we need for that position.”
Rayman joins the current roster of Eric Devendorf, Brandon Triche, John Gillon, Malachi Richardson, Demetris Nichols, Donte Greene, Chris McCullough and Andrew White. Boeheim’s Army is the third overall seed and has a first-round bye in this year’s 24-team TBT.
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With yesterday’s official schedule release, we also now know that BA’s first game will be on July 7 at 4 p.m. ET. That match in the Sweet 16 will be against the winner of 14-seed Heartfire and 19-seed Men of Mackey. Boeheim’s Army will play all of their games on ESPN.
The team itself hasn’t arrived in Columbus, Ohio yet -- the single site for this season’s TBT. Yesterday, it was also reported by Ditota that all Boeheim’s Army players tested negative for COVID-19. The roster will submit one more COVID test before traveling to Columbus.