Syracuse has struggled over the last two weeks, and a major reason has been explosive forward Jerami Grant’s nagging back injury. Jim Boeheim is generally loath to giving much playing time to inexperienced freshmen, but Grant’s injury has changed the dynamic for Syracuse, and it looks like freshman Tyler Roberson may be the beneficiary of more time in tonight’s game against Georgia Tech.
Jim Boeheim says “we’ll probably start Roberson if Grant can’t go. We need Mike Gbinije’s versatility off the bench.” Full interview at 5:30
— Chris McManus (@ChrisESPNCNY) March 4, 2014
Mike Gbinije has played point guard, shooting guard, and small forward for Syracuse this season, but is best when playing at the top of the zone, while the combination of centers Rakeem Christmas and Baye Keita at the back of the zone at the same time leaves Syracuse vulnerable in one of the corners. Roberson may not have much playing time under his belt, he’s logged just 130 minutes all season, but he may be a better solution than an out-of-position Gbinije or Christmas sliding to power forward the starting line-up. Roberson was a top recruit who averaged over 17 points and 11 rebounds per game as a high school senior at Roselle Catholic.
No matter who plays tonight, the Orange need Grant healthy if they want to make a run at the Final Four.