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Frank Howard Suspended Indefinitely Ahead of NCAA Tournament

Frank Howard Suspended Indefinitely Ahead of NCAA Tournament

The Orange play Baylor in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

Howard hit the headlines last week during Syracuse' ACC Championship fixture against Duke.

While there's no concrete information out to suggest why Howard has been suspended, it likely stems from his attempt to injure Duke star Zion Williamson in the ACC Tournament last week.

The Syracuse athletics department put out the following statement Wednesday afternoon: "Frank Howard will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy".

Williamson stumbled but did not go down and was not injured. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere.




The team will need even more from Tyus Battle, its leading scorer, without Howard in the lineup.

"It's a tough situation to be in", Battle added, "but we as a team, I know we're going to pick up the slack and we're going to be ready to play".

Howard is averaging 8.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists so far this season. "I'm going to continue to stay ready and, once my name is called, just play to the best of my abilities".

This is the 14th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Lady Bears, who had Final Four appearances in 1992 and 2001 and a Sweet Sixteen trip in 1993.

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