Syracuse's starting lineup saw four of the faces Orange fans are used to seeing. But there was one player who was absent as Syracuse took the floor Tuesday night against Loyola. Tyler Roberson did not play as he was dealing with a strained groin.
"Tyler Roberson has a strained, something," head coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's going to try to rest it for two or three days. Hopefully that'll work. It may not. Really, it's been bothering him since the Hampton game. I think that's why he hasn't been able to be effective because he's not able to move the way he needs to. We're hopeful this could be something that could get better in a few days. If not, we'll just see how long it takes."
That would explain some of Roberson's early season struggles. Averaging only 6.5 points and five rebounds per game while shooting less than 38% from the floor, the start to his sophomore campaign has been dubbed somewhat of a disappointment. The Orange does not take the floor again until Friday, giving Roberson a few days to rest up.
It is not known if he will be available for their matchup with Holy Cross, but the key is to get back to full strength. He is a key factor to the rest of Syracuse's 2014-15 season.