Syracuse Center Baye Moussa Keita Has Right Knee Sprain, Questionable At Pitt

Baye Moussa Keita’s injury will mean more resilience and adjustments for the Orange.

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The Orange defeated Clemson 57 – 44 as expected yesterday in the Carrier Dome to improve to 23 – 0, but Jim Boeheim’s always reliable reserve center, Baye Moussa Keita, sprained his right knee with about seven minutes left in the first half Sunday. SU’s depth along the frontline immediately jumps from a minor concern to possibly a major one.

Team athletic trainer Brad Pike attended to the veteran senior. Soon, Keita headed for the locker room. Turns out, the same physician who performed season-ending knee surgery on big man Dajuan Coleman, Dr. Brad Raphael, worked on Baye, according to the Post Standard’s Donna Ditota. Boeheim said about the injury:

“Hopefully, Baye will be OK. We don’t have any ideas, but we hope that it wasn’t too bad and we can get him back. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

If the knee sprain is indeed serious, the no. 1 team in the country could be in a lot of trouble. Coleman is already out for the season after having season-ending knee surgery. Rakeem Christmas’ elevated post game and noticeable defensive presence have kept the Orange afloat as a serious national championship contender. However, Baye’s injury means much less room for error for Christmas. C.J. Fair showed concern about losing Keita as he discussed Pittsburgh:

“If Baye isn’t able to go Wednesday, that’s a little concern. They’re a team that likes to get it inside. You know they’re going to want to take advantage of that opportunity. I think we’ll do a good job of packing our defense in and helping Rak out. I think we can kind of save him.”

Fair’s right on point. Pitt has arguably given Syracuse the best run for its money to date. Luckily Tyler Ennis went to school on the Panthers’ defense down the stretch, as he attacked the lanes like no one has ever seen before. But it comes to show how important Keita’s limited minutes are down low.

Many players were asked about his availability for another former Big East clash Wednesday. Most guys like Jerami Grant are optimistic:

“I’m not concerned. Baye’s a tough player. I feel like he’ll be back for Pitt and for the games to come.”

Grant played extensively in the paint once Keita when out, and he was very efficient for the Orange. Once again, he’s going to be asked to log even more serious time in the post rather than outside the paint.What cannot go without saying is that this year’s Syracuse team has been resilient when it’s been doubted most. Keita’s knee sprain is yet another hurdle for the Orange to move past.

We’ll find out Wednesday.

Posted by: Brendan Glasheen

31 Comments on this Post

  1. orangeinva

    OK…defensively we’re not going to be as “stout” as we’ve been against PITT(and hopefully ONLY PITT).

    So offensively, we need to be more aggressive and break PITT down with Ennis driving, hitting the floater(which he hasn’t been lately) and crisp passing.

    Take it to the hoop strong and get to the line. Pitt needed double OT to beat VATECH at PITT so the task is hardly insurmountable. Let’s get our a55es in gear and take care of business.

    40 minutes of the Orange’s best will be enough.

  2. So rather than going out and rerouting another big guy inside Boeheim will continue to red-shirt Obokoh to the sacrifice of this season’s chances for a national title.At this point in the season having practiced against Christmas and even the uninspiring Coleman, Obokoh has got to be worth solid time on the court. He isn’t going to be a one and gone or even a two and gone. So whats the point now in continuing this redshirt thing? Oh thats right because the infallible Pope Jim. has said so.

  3. Mountain Man44

    Honestly, we are lucky Baye has lasted this long in his time here without injury. The guys legs are toothpicks and he plays very aggresively. Pitt will be tough with or without Baye. Hope he is back soon!

  4. I guess things have to factor into taking the redshirt off Chino. I’m not sure of how the redshirt works. Like if he plays does he loose it? Or bc he didn’t play X amount of games this season he wouldn’t loose eilability? Anyone at the fizz know how that would work?

    Chris,

    While I agree that it might be worth it if Ketia is lost long term we still don’t know that yet. Also you gotta think of the kid best interest here. Does he loose a yr of eilability would he really help? You aren’t at practice so you don’t know anything about his progress. He may not be rdy. I trust JB has a handle on his program to make that kind of judgement. Lastly like I said you have to keep the kids best interestest in mind. Maybe if JB thinks he could contribute he approaches him and asks him how he feels about it but it should be solely up to the kid.

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