When meeting with reporters in Salt Lake Wednesday shortly after the statement went out, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said Howard would not play Thursday.
The Syracuse Orange's first-round assignment of facing No. 9-seed Baylor Bears was already going to be hard, but now No. 8-seed Syracuse will have to manage Thursday without one of its starting guards.
The Bears don't have lethal 3-point shooting, but they have enough competent options to give Syracuse some trouble.
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Syracuse men's basketball (20-12), No. 8 seed in the West, opens its NCAA Tournament Thursday night with a first-round game against the Baylor Bears (19-13), No. 9 seed. They've lost their last four games, but a hot shooting day against Syracuse could get them back in the win column when it matters. Boeheim is coming off two career games with the absence of Tyus Battle in the ACC tournament. But as a team, the Orange struggle with their offensive efficiency. We played really well in both games in the tournament.
Tyus Battle, Howard's backcourt mate, would seem a likely candidate, though Boeheim would not tip his hand. Syracuse won 95-91 in overtime. Howard has averaged 8.9 points and team-highs of 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 29 games as the Orange's starting point guard.