Syracuse’s odds of winning a national title just got a lot worse after it was announced their sophomore center Fab Melo was ineligible to participate in the tournament.

Despite earning a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament, Syracuse now faces an uphill battle in its quest for a national title.

The Orange (31-2) announced on their website Tuesday that sophomore center Fab Melo will not participate in the tournament due to an “eligibility issue.”

“Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time,” the site said.

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