Cal State Bakersfield appeals APR ban, wins, and is now eligible for NCAA tournament

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Connecticut tried to fight the NCAA on its postseason ban for a low APR and couldn’t win, but don’t tell that to Cal State Bakersfield.

After initially being ruled ineligible, a resubmission of data a review by an outside board have made the Roadrunners eligible for postseason play after achieving the required APR score of 900, the school announced in a release.

CSBU previously had an 879 mark that fell below the 900 threshold, but with the submission of what the school believed to be corrected data, the eligibility was granted.

“We are grateful that the process afforded CSUB the opportunity to work with the NCAA staff and recalculate our scores,” CSUB Athletics Director Jeff Konya said in the statement.

“It is our hope that the resolution of our data issues will help erase the perceptions, or misconceptions of our academic performance. The NCAA staff was very thorough in their review of our case and we appreciate their work and collaboration.”

Cal State Bakersfield only recently became a full Division I member, gaining that status in July of 2010, and is one of only three independents in Division I NCAA basketball.

They were invited to compete in the CIT tournament this past season, losing in the first round to Utah State to finish the season with an overall record of 16-15.

“Our coaching staff and players have stayed together and remained focused on moving our program to the next level throughout this process, but these findings certainly help us to continue to build on last season’s postseason success,” head coach Rod Barnes said.

“I am most excited for our players who regain the opportunity to pursue a post season birth.  This is a great day for Roadrunner Basketball!  We are excited, grateful and thankful to everyone involved and we look forward to next season.”

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