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Report: Harvard basketball has below average APR scores for private colleges

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Harvard men’s basketball has seen a rise in its on the court success. The past two seasons, the Crimson has qualified for the NCAA tournament, and in March upset No. 3 seed New Mexico in the second round. Harvard is the favorite to win the Ivy League again, returning multiple starters in addition to Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry rejoining the team.

However, according to The Harvard Crimson and Bloomberg.com, the men’s basketball team received the university’s lowest four-year average score (956) in the NCAA’s academic progress ratings. That score was below the average mark (967) compared to other private schools. The NCAA’s reports were posted in June and consists of a four-span, through the 2011-2012 season.

“Harvard has maintained our high academic standards for all students and student athletes,” Director of Athletic Communications Tim Williamson, said in an email. “The Ivy League has the most rigorous academic requirements of any athletic conference, and we are in full compliance with those standards.”

Next year, the APR reports will range from the 2009-2010 season to the 2012-2013 campaign, and Harvard is expecting a noticeable improvement in its basketball team’s score.

“An early calculation of the APR for next year indicates a perfect or near perfect score for our men’s basketball team, reaffirming the program’s continued commitment to academic achievement,” Williamson added.

The NCAA requires teams to maintain a four-year rolling APR of at least 900 or a two-year rolling APR of 930, or face a postseason ban. In June, six men’s basketball programs — Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State and New Orleans — were barred from postseason play. Beginning next season, the four-year average will be moved up to 930, and the two-year average is increased to 940.

Harvard’s score was the lowest in the Ivy League, 25 points behind the program with the second-lowest score in the conference, Columbia.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: