Thursday, February 3, 2011

Can Someone Buy Moussa Keita a Sandwich?

Baye Moussa Keita was a defensive force Wednesday night inside the XL Center as the #17 Syracuse Orangemen finally found the winning formula at the expense of the Connecticut Huskies.

Keita played a season high 27 minutes (he has previously logged 26 minutes on numerous occasions) as he helped to slow down the #6/#7 ranked team in the nation. Baye Moussa Keita finished with 11 rebounds 6 steals 2 blocks and shot 2 of 4 from the field for 4 points. Baye also handed out 1 assist before fouling out with 3:10 left in the game and Syracuse clinging to a 4 point lead.

Unfortunately for Baye, he made what should have been his 3rd block of the game when he two-hand blocked Alex Oriakhi's take to the rim. At the worst, it could have been called a jump ball, but the officials called a phantom foul and sat Keita down for the remainder of the game.

Compare that with our other freshman center, Fab Melo. Melo finished with 3 minutes and 1 foul. Actually, there isn't much to compare here.

Is Fab Melo still in Syracuse's starting rotation to merely keep up appearances? Fab Melo is averaging 7.4 minutes and 1.7 rebounds per game in Big East play. Keita averages 13.5 minutes and 3.3 rebounds per Big East contest.

Keita has had his poor performances, 0 rebounds in 21 combined minutes from Seton Hall games and 0 rebounds in 6 minutes against Pittsburgh, however that can most likely be attributed to Baye Moussa Keita's thin frame.

Which brings me to my next point.

Can someone Buy Moussa Keita some super sized value meals? If you see him on campus, pick him up a couple pitas or a few Jimmy Johns Sandwiches. Get this guy some large fries and a bag of chips. You will be doing your part to help the SU basketball team.

If we can get Keita's weight up he won't be called for as many fouls under the basket, he's fouled out 5 times this season, and will be an even more effective rebounder in a rough and physical Big East conference. Herb Pope (and Jeff Robinson) essentially owned the glass on Syracuse for two games even though he's 2" shorter than Keita. Possibly it's because he has nearly 20 pounds on him?

Keita has 3 more seasons to develop as a Syracuse big man. With Rakeem Christmas coming to campus next season he will have to compete even harder for minutes in the middle. Additionally, a full season of NCAA basketball will definitely aid in the development of Fab Melo.

If Keita wants to maintain playing serious minutes for Syracuse, he will undoubtedly be in the weight room for much of the off season. Perhaps the SU dining hall circuit can pitch in and load up some extra mashed potatoes and all you can eat cheese burgers on his dining tray when he comes in for lunch?

Every little bit helps.

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Jason Morman said...

agreed. nice post.

Professor Pizzle said...

Just don't buy him Chipotle!

Michael Isserlis said...

i forgot, but large pizzas with extra toppings are also appropriate