Wednesday, March 19, 2014

UConn Clarifies its APR Situation

UConn issued a clarification to an AP story that ran Tuesday and insinuated that the men's basketball program's APR could keep it out of next year's NCAA tourney.

Here's the UConn release:

The University of Connecticut would like to provide clarification to an Associate Press story from Monday, March 17, 2014. The story is about the annual Academic Performance Rate press release concerning the teams in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament written by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

The sixth paragraph of the story reads: “Teams in this year's field that would be subject to NCAA-imposed sanctions that could keep them from postseason play are: Cal Poly (925), Coastal Carolina (921), North Carolina Central (903), Oklahoma State (928), Providence (915), Texas Southern (900), Connecticut (897) and Oregon (918).”

Here is some clarification to this paragraph concerning UConn to demonstrate that the men’s basketball team will not be in danger of missing future NCAA tournaments due to APR scores.

An institution needed a four-year (2008-12) APR score of 900 or higher OR a two-year (2010-12) score of 930 or better to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. UConn is eligible for the 2014 NCAA Tournament because it has a two-year (2010-12) score of that exceeds that 930 minimum needed for tournament participation. UConn had single-year scores 978 in 2010-11 and a 947 in 2011-12.
For participation in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the APR standard will simply be a 930 over four-years or a two-year score of 940. UConn is expected to have a four-year (2009-13) APR score of 936, including a perfect 1000 for 2012-13, and be eligible for the 2015 tournament. In addition, UConn will also meet the two-year score. Those score will be announced to the public in late spring 2014.


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