Elijah Hughes scored a career-high 25 points in the. loss.
Howard’s suspension was announced Wednesday evening.
Syracuse is competing for a national title for the seventh straight year.
Syracuse’s Tyus Battle will return to the court for the first time after sustaining a lower back injury in the March 9 game against Clemson.
The Blue Devils star scored 29 points as the Orange couldn’t keep up with their ACC rivals.
Without top scorer Tyus Battle, the Orange claimed a 14-point victory over Pitt.
Despite a seven-point lead at halftime, the Orange fell in the second half.
Two Notre Dame players finished with double-doubles
Five players scored in double digits for the Orange beat the higher-seeded Hurricanes 92-85.