Syracuse looks to senior Kris Joseph to lead

JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer Published:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- When Syracuse takes the floor on Thursday against UNC Asheville in the NCAA tournament, the Orange, the top seed in the East, will be looking to senior Kris Joseph to set the tone for the team.

Joseph, a 6-foot-7 small forward, leads Syracuse in scoring, averaging 13.8 points and nearly five rebounds, and is tied for second on the team in steals with guard Scoop Jardine (46).

More importantly, Joseph says he's back at full strength after kicking a 102-degree fever that adversely affected his performance last week in the Big East tournament. He appeared sluggish in going 3 for 14 for just 19 points, but still played all but 9 minutes in two games.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Joseph is "the guy that's got to be there."