Syracuse redshirt freshman Matt Moyer did not play today.
Moyer has been battling a foot issue, and his absence made Syracuse’s already thin bench almost non-existent.
The Orange are down to seven scholarship players, including Moyer. With just six of those players dressing for today’s win over Wake Forest, Jim Boeheim was forced to use walk-on guard Braedon Bayer for four minutes.
After the game, Boeheim commented on Moyer’s status. While the redshirt freshman forward had only missed one game before today, it is clear that he’s been hurting.
In fact, Boeheim said Moyer’s father apparently told him to sit this game out:
“He practiced the last two days and came in today saying he was too sore, so I don’t know what happened,” Boeheim said. “I don’t know what happened. He practiced, said his ankle hurts. He looked fine in practice the last two days. He helped us against Louisville. He can’t really jump off one leg, but I had bad ankles, you can jump off two. His father came in and told him not to play and I don’t play someone when they don’t want to play.”
Boeheim added that Moyer said he was probably at “60 percent” which the coach contended was enough to help the Orange.
Adding intrigue to the situation is this Facebook post from Moyer’s mother from earlier today. It seems to allude to Moyer returning too soon and being asked to play at less than fully healthy.
More Moyer context. His mother posted this on Facebook at about tip-off time: pic.twitter.com/VP9V4mRXUO
— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) February 11, 2018
We’ll have to see if Moyer misses an extended period of time. Syracuse could really use him for additional depth.
At 17-8 and 6-6 in the ACC, the Orange are firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble with six regular season games to play.
Moyer is averaging 4.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season.