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Syracuse’s Frank Howard suspended indefinitely

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SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Frank Howard #23 of the Syracuse Orange reacts to his three-point basket as Javin DeLaurier #12 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on during the first half at the Carrier Dome on February 23, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

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Syracuse will have to play the 2019 NCAA tournament without senior guard Frank Howard as the school announced that he’s been suspended indefinitely.

“Syracuse University men’s basketball student-athlete Frank Howard will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy,” the release said.

The 6-foot-5 Howard has been a key piece for the Orange the past few seasons as he’s putting up 8.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game this season. Howard’s size also makes him effective in the Orange’s trademark 2-3 zone.

No. 8 seed Syracuse opens the NCAA tournament with a matchup against No. 9 seed Baylor on Thursday night as they play in Salt Lake City in a game that will tip at 9:57 p.m. EST.