Zion Williamson 'tripper' suspended indefinitely by Syracuse for policy violation

Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late.

No. 8 Syracuse plays No. 9 Baylor in the NCAA tournament's Round of 64 on Thursday at 9:47 p.m. The Syracuse Orange are a -2.0 point favorite over Baylor in this game.

Baylor is returning to the tournament after missing out on last year's Big Dance.

The future of Australian women's basketball will be on show in the U.S. with Alanna Smith leading Stanford University and point scoring whiz Tiana Mangakahia starring for Syracuse University in the NCAA Tournament.

With both teams averaging around just 70 points per game this season, expect a slower tempo in this game.

The news comes four days after Howard was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Tournament second team at the competition's conclusion. He also became the center of attention during the loss to Duke when it appeared as it he tried to trip Zion Williamson.

"The team, I mean, they picked up their play when I was out", Battle said. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential - SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143.

Brisbane's Mangakahia has been a sensation for Syracuse, scoring 44 points in a game against Florida State and becoming the fastest female player in the university's history to score 1,000 points.

  • Steve Townsend