Syracuse's Fab Melo out of NCAA Tournament: 8 Teams That Can Beat the Orange

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Syracuse's Fab Melo out of NCAA Tournament: 8 Teams That Can Beat the Orange
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Syracuse's sophomore center, Fab Melo, is out for the rest of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

University officials stated Tuesday that it was an eligibility issue. Because of SU policy and federal student privacy laws, additional information is not being provided.

Melo's absence in the middle of the Syracuse lineup will leave the Orange without their top shot blocker (2.93 bpg; No. 12 in the Nation) and rebounder (5.8 rpg).

Back in January, Notre Dame took advantage when Melo missed a game. The Fighting Irish dominated the glass (37-24) and gave Syracuse their first loss of the season.

With the 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year in the clogging the lane, Syracuse was a tough team that applied pressure and intimidated opponents.

Without Melo in the middle, Syracuse is not nearly as menacing and may be vulnerable to defeat now to the following eight teams.

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