Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams has more important things on his mind than the next round of the 2013 NCAA tournament.
While watching the Orange earn a 66-60 win over California Saturday night, a massive fire broke out in the home of Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, Carter-Williams' mother.
According to WCVB in Boston, it took a few hours for firefighters to get the flames under control, which they believe started due to a wood stove outside.
The fire caused a great deal of damage to the building, but most importantly, nobody was hurt. Carter-Williams' sister, Masey Zegarowski, provided a reassuring tweet for those concerned:
Thank u everyone , everyone's fine which is all that matters .. I appreciate everyone's prayer and concerns2013-3-24 04:42:24
In addition, Carter-Williams also gave his fans and friends a positive note on Twitter:
Michael Carter-Willi @MCW1
Thanks for the prayers everyone all thats important to me is my family is okay2013-3-24 15:17:18
Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and will face the winner of Indiana and Temple in Washington D.C. in the next round. Throughout the season, Carter-Williams has been a big part of the team's success with an average of 11.8 points and 7.6 assists per game.
In two tournament games, the 6'6" guard has a combined 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. If the No. 4-seeded Orange are going to advance further in the tournament, they will need a complete effort from their sophomore star.
As always, however, family comes first. It would be understandable if Carter-Williams needed to take some time away from the team to make sure everything gets resolved on the home front.