The Syracuse men's basketball team got some devastating news today as their starting center Fab Melo was ruled ineligible and will not play in the NCAA basketball tournament. No further details have been announced about the matter, but the Syracuse Athletic Department released the following statement: "Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time."
With Syracuse set to tipoff against UNC-Asheville, in just two days, it'll be interesting to see how the 'Cuse handles this situation. With this bracket busting news, some of the heavyweights in the college basketball world shared some of their insights on the matter:
Brutal news for Syracuse. The Orange can get through Kansas State, but cannot beat Vanderbilt without Melo. Opens it up for Ohio State.
Carmelo Anthony's not walking through that door. And Fab Melo's walking out of it. See ya, Syracuse.
that's the mindblower. not that melo's ineligible. that so many of you had syracuse in your final four. welp.
I'm not saying Boeheim knew about Feb Melo's issue before Selection Sunday - but he DID do it with Onuaku in 2010
My Vanderbilt Commodores' path to the Final Four just got a little easier now that Syracuse will be without Melo. Ezeli will BEAST.
Wow, Syracuse's snakebit NCAA run continues? Just saw the Melo news.
Does Fab Melo let Andre Allen off the hook as the biggest ineligibility goat on the eve of an NCAA Tournament game?
"Syracuse can make it to the Final Four if they press. They still have some great depth." -Doug Gottlieb on Fab Melo's ineligibility