The Syracuse basketball team is hurting. Losers of four out of five, the Orange (26-4, 13-4 ACC) are watching themselves slide further away from the top line in the NCAA tournament bracket.
The latest loss, at home to Georgia Tech, was especially painful. It was Senior Day for C.J. Fair and Baye Keita, and it was an opportunity to get a much-needed easy win over an underachieving team.
But it was anything but an easy game. Jerami Grant sat out, and the Orange missed his activity inside and his ability to score.
But Syracuse has bigger fish to fry in the postseason, so it's better to make sure Grant is 100 percent for the stretch run.
If you told Syracuse fans at the beginning of the season the team would be 26-4 while starting a freshman point guard and a shooting guard who barely played last year, they would have been ecstatic. But as the season progressed and this team showed how good it could be, the record now seems a little disappointing.
But these players have still been turning in impressive performances all season, despite the recent struggles. Let's have a look at the five most impressive Orange players from the regular season. We'll dig deeper than just statistical output and look at how players responded to adversity and how they fit in to their roles.