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Syracuse shooter James Southerland out due to academic issue

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Syracuse will be without James Southerland due to an academic issues, sources told

The school released a statement just before the team's game against Villanova on Saturday saying Southerland will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility matter.

A year ago, the Orange took a significant hit when starting center Fab Melo was ultimately dismissed from the team for an academic issue. Now it's Jim Boeheim's top perimeter shooter whose eligibility is in question.

The 6-foot-8 senior is averaging 13.6 points per game and is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. His absence, which is indefinitely at this time, will make an impact on a team that will now rely on redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney to make shots from deep.

Southerland has struggled with his 3-point shot recently, going 1 of 8 against Providence, but has also displayed the ability to get going from deep. He was 9 of 13 from beyond the arc in a win over Arkansas. was told by a source that there's still uncertainty regarding how long Southerland will remain suspended -- or even whether he'll return to the team.

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