Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ready to Rumble Syracuse Matter of Fact about Fab Melo Being out Syracuse vs. Unc-Asheville

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ready to Rumble Syracuse Matter of Fact about Fab Melo Being out Syracuse vs. Unc-Asheville

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PITTSBURGH --

Syracuse players seemed somewhat saddened, yet also matter of fact when asked Wednesday about missing center Fab Melo, sidelined for the entire NCAA tournament because of academic eligibility issues.

Perhaps Melo's teammates had been coached to react that way to questions about him. More likely, they simply are immune to the effects of crises by now.

Consider that early in the season, there were allegations of sexual abuse by longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was fired shortly afterward. More recently, there was an investigation by Yahoo Sports that concluded 10 Syracuse players had tested positive for a banned substance or substances since 2001. No current players are involved.

Syracuse (31-2), which is the top seed in the East region, was scheduled to face 16th-seeded North Carolina-Asheville (24-9) in a second-round game today at the Consol Energy Center at about 3:10 p.m.

"I would like for everybody to be here as a team, but things happen for a reason," sophomore guard Dion Waiters said of the loss of Melo. …

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