LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 13: Fab Melo #51 of the Syracuse Orange dunks the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on February 13, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Syracuse Center Fab Melo Ineligible For Entire NCAA Tournament

Syracuse's national title hopes took a major hit on Tuesday when it was announced that Big East Defensive Player of the Year Fab Melo will miss the NCAA Tournament because of an eligibility issue.

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Fab Melo Ineligible Due To Syracuse Schoolwork Issue

It was announced on Tuesday that Syracuse Orange center Fab Melo will not be traveling with his team to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The early word was sparse, with reports saying merely that he would be missing the tournament due to an eligibility issue.

Word trickled out shortly after that the eligibility issue was related to academics. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports gleaned some information from CBS Sports, indicating that the NCAA looked into Melo's schoolwork and found that "he didn't do some of the work."

Whether this means that Melo did not do certain assignments or perhaps had someone else do the schoolwork for him is unclear at this time. Either way, Melo's ineligibility is nothing but bad news for the Orange, who will enter the tournament as a No. 1 seed but are a significantly weaker team without their center.

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Fab Melo Ineligible For NCAA Tournament Because Of Academic Issue, According To Report

Syracuse center Fab Melo’s inability to participate in the NCAA Tournament is related to the same academic issue which caused him to miss three games during the regular season. This according to ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil.

“This is an academic issue related to the first suspension,” a source told O’Neil. “He was initially cleared after the first suspension but the NCAA has since revisited the case and deemed him ineligible again.”

Melo was suspended indefinitely on Jan. 21 and missed three games before rejoining the team on Feb. 2. With Melo sidelined, Syracuse suffered its first and only loss of the regular season in a 67-58 defeat at Notre Dame on Jan. 21. The Orange then defeated Cincinnati 60-53 and West Virginia 63-61 before Melo returned.

Syracuse, the No. 1 seed in the East, begins NCAA Tournament play on Thursday against UNC-Asheville.

For more updates on this story, be sure to visit Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician.

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Syracuse Center Fab Melo Ineligible For Entire NCAA Tournament

Syracuse's national title hopes took a major hit on Tuesday when it was announced that Big East Defensive Player of the Year Fab Melo will miss the NCAA Tournament because of an eligibility issue.

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