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Syracuse men’s basketball center Naheem McLeod will not play vs. Boston College

Syracuse will start someone new at center for the first time this season.

Syracuse v Duke Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team will be without starting center Naheem McLeod against Boston College. The junior center is out with a right foot injury for an indefinite period of time. Maliq Brown is expected to start in his place, according to Syracuse play-by-play radio voice Matt Park.

The Syracuse men’s basketball twitter account announced the injury before tip.

McLeod responded via social media, “Be back soon orange nation.” He’s started every game for Syracuse this season at the center spot

Syracuse faces one of its biggest tests of the season at center. Boston College’s Quinten Post is tied for fifth in the ACC in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Brown has logged heavy minutes as McLeod’s backup. Brown is coming off a career-best 26 point game against Duke. Mounir Hima, last season’s backup to Jesse Edwards, has appeared in only three games this season. His last appearance came on Dec. 21 against Niagara. Both Brown and Hima were warming up inside the JMA Wireless Dome 90 minutes before tip.

McLeod has averaged 3.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for Syracuse in 14.4 minutes.