Found March 13, 2012 on SportyFemale:
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, right, talks with Fab Melo during the first half against Cincinnati in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y. Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh and the university says he won't take part in the NCAA tournament due to an eligibility issue. The school would not elaborate. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File) It looks like Syracuse will have to fight through the NCAA Tournament without their big man, Fab Melo.  The sophomore has been ruled ineligible for this years tournament. The University made the announcement today that Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, but wouldn’t elaborate on why he wasn’t eligible. If you remember, earlier this season, Melo missed three games because of an academic issue. Though it hasn’t been confirmed, ESPN is citing sources that maybe the NCAA is revisiting that issue and that’s why he isn’t able to play. Seeing as though Syracuse lost in their conference tournament and they saw their star player, Scoop Jardine, not playing at his best, this is a huge blow. Syracuse is coming in as the top seed in the East and there’s no doubt that Melo is a key player for their team. If you look at the stats, Melo averaged 7.8 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 88 blocks for Syracuse. Syracuse is likely to use sophomore Baye Keita and freshman Rakeem Christmas at center in place of Melo, the Big East defensive player of the year. As we get more information, we will be sure to keep you updated.
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