Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse's point guard Frank Howard will miss Orange's game against Baylor in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday for violating the sports department's rules.
This is not the first time that Syracuse lost a player at the end of the season, which harms the chances of Orange after the season.
Howard, a 6-foot-5 senior, started every game he has played in the past two seasons. He averaged 8.9 points with 84 assists this season.
Howard's suspension recalls that Fab Melo was declared academically inadmissible just days before the Syracuse opening game against UNC-Asheville at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Melo had missed three games in the middle of the season but returned to help Syracuse win the Big East regular season championship. Melo, a 7-foot center, was named the Big East defensive player of the year.
Without Melo, Syracuse still reached the Elite 8, defeating UNC-Asheville, Kansas State and Wisconsin before losing to Ohio State.
In 2010, Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the country when senior center Arinze Onuaku had a knee injury at the Big East tournament. Syracuse still received a No. 1 seed. The Orange beat Vermont and Gonzaga, but then lost to Butler in Sweet 16.
In 2005, both Dayshawn Wright and Josh Wright were thrown out of the NCAA tournament lineup in Syracuse after apparently failed the drug test. Both players were Reservists, but their suspensions still distracted the day before the Syracuse defeat against Vermont in a first-round match.
During the 1980-1981 season, Syracuse goaltender Marty Headd broke his wrist shortly before the Big East tournament. Headd would win a place in the second team of the Big East All-Conference.
Syracuse won the Big East tournament without a Headd, but the Big East, which was in its second year of existence, was not automatically nominated for the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse was found at NIT. Orange qualified for the NIT finals, but in a shoot-out, Syracuse center Danny Schayes suffered a serious sprained ankle.
Schayes tried to play against Tulsa, but the Orange lost 86-84 in overtime.
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