When Arinze Onuaku's mom declared that her son would be healthy in time for the NCAA tournament on Thursday even before he underwent an MRI the next morning, it probably didn't ease the fears of many Syracuse fans.
The lesson here: A mother is always right.
Onuaku's MRI revealed a right quadriceps injury, but he could return to practice as soon as Monday and is likely to play in Syracuse's first round NCAA tournament game next week. That's pretty much a best-case scenario for the Orange considering many feared he could be out for the season when he crashed to the floor clutching his right knee in the second half of Thursday's loss to Georgetown.
Syracuse probably wouldn't have forfeited its projected No. 1 seed had Onuaku's injury been more severe, but his absence certainly would have been felt on the court. The Orange typically go only seven deep, meaning that replacing Onuaku's low-post scoring, offensive rebounding and rugged defense would have been difficult.
- Arinze Onuaku