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Michael Gbinije Sitting Out Syracuse Basketball's Season Opener

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The Orange's sixth man will reportedly not play in tonight's season opener versus Kennesaw State. Head coach Jim Boeheim is expected to address the situation after the game.

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It isn't a Syracuse Orange men's basketball season until a star player is seen in street clothes and not active for the game right?

Well, according to multiple media folks attending the Orange's 114th regular-season opener, the No. 23/24-ranked Orange will be without junior Michael Gbinije for tonight's non-conference showdown with Kennesaw State Owls.

If you remember, last season Jerami Grant had to sit out the season opener as a result of a NCAA violation because he played in a summer league game. There's no confirmation that the issue with Gbinije is the same thing, however, this is a good reminder to not rush to conclusions until Boeheim address the situation after the game.

Gbinije's absence shouldn't be too much of an issue tonight, as the Orange should be able to use other players to fill his role against an overmatched Owls squad. Look for Ron Patterson, Tyler Roberson or B.J. Johnson to see a bit more action than expected in the first half.