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The impact of Fab Melo's absence

Updated: March 13, 2012, 4:07 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

Without Fab Melo in the middle, Syracuse is a totally different team. I covered Syracuse's second game without Melo this year, at Cincinnati, and the Bearcats went right after replacements Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas in the middle. Although Syracuse was able to beat Cincinnati in perhaps one of its best wins of the year, it is hard to imagine that the Orange will be able to overcome this loss over the course of the three-week NCAA tournament.

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