Thursday night's ACC conference tournament quarterfinal game between Duke and Syracuse turned out to be the hugely entertaining matchup it was expected to be.


The game was hailed as Zion Williamson's return to Duke basketball, as after suffering an injury in February, the superstar freshman had been absent from the court. However, it was Syracuse's Frank Howard who stole the spotlight when he seemingly attempted to trip the star in the first half of the game.


An act that parallels former Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen, Howard's actions are simply unacceptable and should not be tolerated, meaning it's time for the Orange's head coach, Jim Boeheim, to step up and suspend his player. 

While the incident is sure to receive huge amounts of attention given it surrounds Williamson and Duke basketball, two magnets for attention, this type of behavior is unacceptable for any player.


Howard could have seriously injured Williamson, especially considering his recent recovery from his injury, and to perform such an act with such malicious intentions warrants a suspension. Boeheim must make it clear to both his team and the rest of the NCAA that these acts will not be tolerated and have no place in NCAA basketball. 

Syracuse ultimately lost the game and Duke will move on to face North Carolina Friday night in the conference tournament semifinal, but the story to take away from the game is still Howard's act.


Boeheim needs to set a culture for his team right now and show them that this type of behavior is unacceptable and dangerous, and that means he must suspend Howard regardless of the difficulties that will create for the Orange in the approaching NCAA Tournament.