Syracuse suspends starting G Frank Howard for NCAA Tournament

Cuse's Howard out indefinitely for policy violation

The Orange will be playing without point guard Frank Howard, who was suspended indefinitely by Syracuse for a violation of academic policy.

Asked if Howard had made the trip to Salt Lake City, and whether Howard might be available should the Orange advance, all Boeheim said was, "He won't be here with us tomorrow". The senior guard poured in 28 points in the team's ACC tournament game against the Duke Blue Devils. "I mean, it's a tough situation to be in, we as a team, and I know we're going to pick up the slack and we're going to be ready to play".

The school announced Howard's suspension on Wednesday, the eve of the Orange's NCAA Tournament game against Baylor.

Syracuse and Baylor are two of the few March Madness teams that still play a zone defense. Jalen's had good practices.

"It is very similar to last week when we found out Tyus wouldn't play".

The Orange also struggle taking care of the ball and that issue really showed in the ACC tournament.

Details regarding the nature of Howard's suspension were not shared in the release. "And we're going to have to make that same adjustment this week with a different guy going".

Syracuse has three viable scoring options in guard Tyus Battle (17.2 ppg) and forwards Elijah Hughes (13.4 ppg) and Oshae Brissett (12.4 ppg).

No. 8 Syracuse plays No. 9 Baylor in the NCAA tournament's Round of 64 on Thursday at 9:47 p.m.

This post has been updated with additional reporting.

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