College Hoops – With Chris McCullought out, Sportbet has line on next game at 8.5

McCullough is projected as a possible late first-round pick
SU freshman forward Chris McCullough is out for the season with a torn  ACL
SU freshman forward Chris McCullough averaged 9.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in 16 game season ended by a knee injury

Just as he was looking to get his first collegiate season back on track starting off with four points, a rebound and block in less than the first eight minutes of Sunday night’s 70-57 win over Florida State, Syracuse forward Chris McCullough will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, according to head coach Jim Boeheim in a statement released by the athletic department Monday afternoon. The line on the game is now 8.5, and you can read more NCAA Basketball news at

McCullough fell awkwardly on his right leg and collapsed to the court under the Syracuse basket after receiving a pass from teammate Michael Gbinije midway through the first half against the Seminoles, before being helped to the locker room.

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As his numbers had declined over the last seven games, McCullough will finish averaging 9.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, along with 33 blocked shots in his 16 game freshman season.

Boeheim said on Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference that with McCullough out, Sophomore Tyler Roberson would return to the starting lineup when the Orange (12-4, 3-0) host Wake Forest (9-8, 1-3) Tuesday night at the Dome (8:00 ET / ACCN).

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