In a shocking development today, Syracuse center Fab Melo has been ruled ineligible for the NCAA Tournament.
There are not many details available about what led to Melo's ineligibility and there has yet to be an elaborate explanation from coach Jim Boeheim or the school's Athletic Director. It is likely that the issue has to do with academics, similar to an earlier three-game suspension this season in which Melo did not play. Syracuse suffered their first and only loss of the regular season while Melo was ineligible.
This is not the first obstacle that the Orange had to overcome this season, but it could the the most significant coming into the NCAA Tournament. Between the Bernie Fine scandal, Jim Boeheim's controversial statements about the scandal, and now Melo's ineligibility, Syracuse has faced much adversity leading up to Thursdays start of March Madness. The hurdles the Orange has faced are highlighted in this slideshow.