Syracuse point guard Frank Howard suspended on eve of NCAA tournament

Syracuse's Frank Howard Suspended Indefinitely

The school did not provide details about what led to the suspension, and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim side-stepped a question about whether Howard would be eligible to return if the Orange advance in the NCAA tournament.

The team will need even more from Tyus Battle, its leading scorer, without Howard in the lineup.

Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard has been suspended indefinitely because he failed a drug test before the NCAA Tournament, three people familiar with the situation told The Daily Orange on Wednesday night.

The future of Australian women's basketball will be on show in the USA with Alanna Smith leading Stanford University and point scoring whiz Tiana Mangakahia starring for Syracuse University in the NCAA Tournament. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels - Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement - and SU seems made for the Big Dance.

During the ACC tournament, in which he scored 46 points and was named second-team all-tournament, Howard was also involved in a minor controversy.

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The 6-foot-5 Howard lit up social media during the ACC tournament against Duke last week when he appeared to stick his foot out as Blue Devils star Zion Williamson ran by.

Howard averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 assists, and two rebounds in 29 games this season.

"It's tough", Battle said.

This is rather stunning action for Syracuse to take.

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