Headlined by UConn, ten schools banned from NCAA tournament for low APR rate

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The Connecticut Huskies are the most prominent of the ten Division I institutions that will be banned from the 2012-13 postseason for a non-qualifying Academic Progress Rate, according to a report released by the NCAA Wednesday.

Schools face the ban for falling below the NCAA-mandated 900 mark, which was calculated over the years between 2007 and 2011.

Connecticut is the first BCS school to face a postseason ban and joins Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Towson, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, California-Riverside, UNC-Wilmington, and Toledo in being barred from the postseason.

Cal State-Bakersfield, having just joined Division I basketball full-time, has its case under review.

Connecticut has fought the ban, but was recently denied a final waiver by the NCAA and it appears that the ruling will remain intact. Depending on upcoming rulings, not only could UConn be banned from the NCAA postseason, but the Huskies could also miss out on the end-of-season conference tournament.

“Until [Committee on Academic Performance] makes that final determination, we’re not going to have any comment,” Big East associate commissioner for men’s basketball told the Washington Post. “We wouldn’t change the brackets. We would accommodate it in such a way that it would work. We would just have to eliminate a game and move someone up on the line.”

In the coming years, schools that have a four-year average below 900 or a two-year averaged below 930 will face a ban, along with sanctions that look to deduct time set aside for basketball instruction and replace it with academic activities.

Despite the bad news for some schools, eleven institutions scored a perfect 1000, including Kansas, Memphis, Texas, and Notre Dame.

National champion Kentucky checks in with an APR solidly above the new 930 mark, settling in at 963.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_