Duke knocked off Syracuse in the ACC Tournament on Thursday night, and Zion Williamson, in his return from a knee injury, made all 13 of his shot attempts to lead the Blue Devils. Unfortunately, the story of the game wasn’t his amazing return – it was what one Orange player did to him after a highlight reel dunk.
Midway through the first half, after a Williamson dunk to give Duke a five-point lead, Syracuse guard Frank Howard stuck out his leg in what appears to be an attempt to trip the Blue Devils’ star freshman.
Video of the incident quickly went viral. Howard was not issued any kind of penalty in the game.
If you haven’t seen the clip, you can do so below. It’s pretty obvious Howard sticks his leg out.
Syracuse's Frank Howard's questionable foot placement with Zion heading back down court… pic.twitter.com/CmCkNfNf9U
— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) March 15, 2019
One ESPN college basketball analyst – Myron Medcalf – tweeted during the game that he thinks Syracuse should suspend Howard for its next game.
It's always a horrible thing to trip another player. But to trip another player coming off a knee injury …. that's even worse. Frank Howard shouldn't play in Syracuse's next game if this is what it appears to be.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 15, 2019
Considering the Orange didn’t win, their next game will likely be their first game in the NCAA Tournament. That’d be a huge deal for a Syracuse team that isn’t all that deep.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim defended Howard after the game, so the idea of a suspension seems unlikely at this point. But it would certainly put a dent in the team’s chances next week if it were to happen.
Jim Boeheim: There was no trip out there. There was nothing there. Trying to manufacture something out of nothing.
Said he’d talked to Frank, looked at the tape.
— Donna Ditota (@DonnaDitota1) March 15, 2019
We’ll keep you updated.