Syracuse loses star freshman to a torn ACL

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Star Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough suffered a knee injury that appeared quite serious on Sunday night.

The Orange would beat Florida State 70-57, but McCullough did not return after this awkward landing during the first half:

After the game, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said that an update would be coming Monday. “We have no idea right now what it is,” he said in the post game. “Well find out in the morning. Hope for the best.” It didn’t work out that way. Syracuse announced on Monday afternoon that McCullough tore the ACL in his right knee, ending his season. It’s a significant blow to the NCAA tournament hopes for the Orange.

McCullough was averaging 9.6 points and 6.9 boards, but he’s struggled in the last month or so after a hot start to the season. He was considered a borderline first round pick for the 2015 draft — No. 26, according to Draft Express — before the injury. But the Orange don’t have any depth along their front line as Dajuan Coleman has already decided to redshirt this year.

Boeheim said on the ACC conference call on Monday that sophomore Tyler Roberson is expected to start in his stead for the Orange, who are now 3-0 in the ACC. Look for reserve forward Chino Obokoh to play a bigger role as well.