Syracuse Basketball: Predictions vs Baylor in NCAA Tournament

When Howard missed time early in the season with injury, Carey was also out with injury so Buddy and Battle were the starting backcourt for the two games to open Syracuse's season.

"He's not playing. We know that".

"(Frank) won't be here with us tomorrow", SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday afternoon.

"We practiced with the inclination that this would be the case", Boeheim told reporters Wednesday, courtesy of CBS Sports. As a result, neither team faces a zone defense during conference play so it will be a tough task for each team to beat themselves at their own game. While the objective person concludes that Howard blatantly attempted to trip Williamson, his importance to the Orange is well known.

The play occurred after a Williamson dunk.

Howard's loss could hurt the Orange's chances against Baylor.

Howard averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 29 games for a Syracuse team that went 20-13 and earned a No. 8 seed in the West Regional.

Against Pitt, Howard dropped 18 points in 37 minutes in a 73-59 win in the ACC tournament.

"Fortunately, Tyus has played the point quite a bit this year, even when Frank came back at Duke and several other spots along the way", Boeheim said. Mason could change the outcome for the Bears if he can rekindle the magic he had with Yale in 2016, but that seems unlikely with how he's played lately.

Howard hit the headlines last week during Syracuse' ACC Championship fixture against Duke.