ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An annual study of the schools in the men's NCAA tournament shows a slight increase in teams that fall below graduation rate standards.
The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport said Monday in its report that eight teams that made the 2014 men's bracket fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate.
Last year six teams didn't reach that benchmark.
Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate in NCAA championships.
In 2014, seven teams fell below 925, compared with three teams in 2013.