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Pitt’s numbers are strong for stricter NCAA academics

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A story in USA Today noted that, beginning next year, the NCAA could be imposing stricter academic requirements that could keep teams from playing in March Madness — including eventual champion Connecticut in the 2011 event — but Pitt looks to be in good shape.

The NCAA is proposing a minimum Academic Progress Rate (APR) requirement of 900, which would be needed for entry into the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It could be raised to 930 in the next two years.

Either way, Pitt appears to be safe, thanks to strong academic numbers. 

The APR, which measures academic eligibility, graduation and retention, has risen steadily for the Pitt men’s basketball program. The Panthers had an APR of 985 in 2009-10, which ranked among the highest of any of the school’s 17 varsity sports. Previously, the Pitt men’s basketball program had an APR of 962, 965 and 935 dating to 2006-07.

The article noted Connecticut, with an APR of 893 for 2009-10, would have missed the cutoff of 900 and been ineligible for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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