Found March 13, 2012 on Fox Sports:
It's been a season of problems for Syracuse. But now, the controversial Orange finally face one that could very well derail a season that has produced the best record of Jim Boeheim's 36 years as their coach. Because with East Region No. 1 seed Syracuse's announcement Tuesday that starting center Fab Melo has been ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament, the Orange have a hole the size of the Carrier Dome to fill defensively. One so gaping without Melo in the middle of Boeheim's trademark 2-3 zone that even diehard Orange fans were tearing up their entries for office pools after hearing the news. Their team had been a popular pick to return to the Final Four in New Orleans, which last hosted the event in 2003 when Boeheim won his only national championship with a Melo -- then-star freshman Carmelo Anthony. Unlike Anthony, Fab Melo, a 7-foot, 255-pound sophomore, hardly filled stat sheets with his season averages of 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots....
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