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Syracuse will feel Melo's absence

Updated: March 13, 2012, 3:19 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Jim Boeheim's job in the NCAA tournament just got a little tougher. Word came down from Syracuse that starting center Fab Melo will not play in the tournament due to eligibility issues.

One of Syracuse's two losses this season came at Notre Dame when Melo was not in the lineup. He was an important figure in the Orange 2-3 zone, helping out in the middle. When teams attacked the zone and got the ball in the middle of the gaps and seams, Melo was there as a big body and an effective shot-blocker. ...

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