Fab Melo ineligible for NCAA tournament

Folks, adjust your brackets.

Top-seeded Syracuse announced Tuesday afternoon that sophomore center Fab Melo will miss the NCAA tournament due to an eligibility issue. The university did not comment further, except to say he did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for the team’s Round of 64 game against No. 16 UNC-Asheville.

From the AP:

Coach Jim Boeheim said the Orange will be "ready to play."

As he left the bus in front of the team hotel Tuesday, Boeheim at first said he had nothing to say. He then told The Associated Press that "all we can do is be ready to play with the guys we have."

"That's all we can do," he said. "There are injuries, things happen during a season. We'll be ready to play and we'll go play." 

Syracuse has not yet decided, but it's expected either sophomre Baye Keita or freshman Rakeem Christmas will start for the Asheville game.

Melo had been suspended earlier this season for other eligibility issues, missing three games – including one of Syracuse’s two losses, to Notre Dame. He returned on February 4 against St. John’s.

Melo, a 7-foot native of Brazil, averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

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