In the middle of the Syracuse season, Southerland was suspended pending an appeal for what turned out to be six games.
Just a year ago, the Orange lost former center Fab Melo in the regular season and got him back only to be without him once the NCAA Tournament began.
That, thankfully as far as Southerland is concerned, was not the case for him.
Knowing that any game can be his last, Southerland has elevated his play on both the offensive and defensive ends to aid the Orange in attaining one of the four most coveted spots in college basketball.
He talks about his adversity, what Syracuse has endured over his time with the team to get to this point, leadership, fellow senior, guard Brandon Triche, and more below: