Looks like #1 seed, Syracuse, will be without starting center, Fab Melo:
Syracuse sophomore Fab Melo will not play in the NCAA tournament due to an eligibility issue, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh.
No. 1 seed Syracuse will be without Fab Melo for the entire NCAA tournament. CAPTION By Jim McIsaac, Getty ImagesSyracuse also said due to University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time.
Melo averaged 7.8 points per game and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. He blocked 88 shots this season.
For a team whose Achilles’ heel is its ability to rebound, losing their seven-foot-tall leading rebounder can’t be a good thing.