Wednesday, June 5, 2013

UConn Should be Fine When APR Scores Announced Tuesday

Three of the scariest letters in UConn basketball lore – APR – come to the forefront again as Academic Progress Rate scores will be unveiled on Tuesday.

But Husky men’s basketball fans have nothing to fear this year. While the hoops team won’t be honored with an NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award like the UConn men’s golf, men’s cross country and women’s tennis teams were, it will post a strong enough APR to avoid any penalties.

Scores announced on Tuesday are based on the four-year cycle of scores from 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Teams must have either a 900 four-year average or a 930 two-year average to earn postseason eligibility. UConn will be eligible, thanks to the latter two years.

The Huskies notched a 978 in ’10-11 and should get about the same score for ’11-12. They would fall short on the four-year average, thanks to the 844 from ’08-09 and the grisly 826 from ’09-10, but it doesn’t matter.

And UConn’s 2012-13 score could be even better. In fact, it appears that the only point UConn stands to lose at this juncture would be that of Enosch Wolf, if he decides not to return to the team and doesn’t sign a pro contract. He’s in good academic standing, so if he goes pro in Europe or whatever, UConn wouldn’t lose a point.

For the 2014-15 season, teams must have either a four-year average of 930 or a two-year of 940. UConn will be fine thanks to three straight strong years (overcoming the 826 from ’09-10).

Confusing? A little, but the bottom line: UConn will be postseason-eligible again next season and likely for several seasons to come.



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