Syracuse sophomore center Fab Melo will not play in the NCAA Tournament because of eligibility issues, the school announced today.
Melo, a 7-footer, did not travel with the Orange to Pittsburgh, which is where K-State is playing right below Syracuse in the East Region bracket. The Wildcats play Southern Miss on Thursday and, if they win, would face the Syracuse-UNC Asheville winner in the next round. Melo is averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds and has 88 blocks in 30 games this season. The Orange suffered its only loss of the season when Melo missed three games earlier this year because of academic issues.