Howard averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds this season.
Syracuse is seeded eighth in the West Region, with Baylor seeded ninth. Baylor has big guards who are able to dominate the glass, while Syracuse has a big size advantage in the paint. A season-ending injury to forward Tristan Clark is a significant loss for the Bears. "That's what - we know who we are going to play this game with, that is all we are focused on". A son of the head coach, the 6-foot-5 Boeheim has already had an increased role of late, and he scored 35 total points on 11-of-22 shooting during Syracuse's two ACC tournament games. The Orange have a ton of size and length and limit teams to just 65.7 points per game.
The team will need even more from Tyus Battle, its leading scorer, without Howard in the lineup.
Draymond Green Tweeted His Thoughts On Tom Izzo’s Meltdown Towards Aaron Henry
Following the game, Henry was asked about getting yelled at by Izzo and his answer was flawless . Video from the game shows Izzo storming onto the court during a timeout and shouting at Henry.
This has been a disappointing season for Syracuse, but they are always tough to beat in March. According to a report from the Daily Orange, Howard allegedly failed a drug test. 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. "And we're going to have to make that same adjustment this week with a different guy going".
Syracuse are set to open their 2019 NCAA tournament against Baylor on Thursday, but will have to do so without one of their star players.