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Kentucky Basketball is in the National Championship…of Academics

Kentucky’s road to a ninth National Title will not be easy, but if success in the classroom translates onto the court, the Cats will be just fine.

Each year Inside Higher Ed completes a tournament bracket that is rooted in academics, not basketball talent.  The primary metric used to determine each outcome is APR — the NCAA’s academic progress rate.  In the event of a tie, the school with the best graduation success rate advanced.  The numbers don’t lie.

John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats advanced all the way until the final before falling to Bucknell.

But I thought one and done players didn’t go to class or care about school?

[Inside Higher Ed]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 responses to “Kentucky Basketball is in the National Championship…of Academics”

  1. dhard

    All the haters still going to hate and lie. Where is Bobby Knight with his comments about our kids not going to class?

    1. Alleykat16

      With this coming out in the media what can all the haters going to be able say now about the program. Can’t say they dont go to class, can’t say they only go the one semester the stop after the regular season is over no they can’t say that. So how will attack the program now. Congrats to all the athletes that made this possible

    2. 502CodeRed

      Alleykt16 – You do realize they have advisers that steer them through easy electives. It doesn’t take a mental heavyweight to pass communications,sports history, and 5 phys ed classes. How many do you think take calculus or chemistry? smh

    3. 4everUKblue

      Code you really opened up a can of worms with that comment, but it’s just too easy so I’m gonna let this one go. You kill me, you really do. I’m sure those were premed and prelaw students that had sex with the hookers and I’m sure Bowden was a Philosophy student at the time he took the $100k.

  2. ukjaybrat

    i can’t believe we lost to bucknell… at least it was a good game. maybe next year.

  3. Mathlete

    How great would it be if the actual bracket played out (mostly) like this one and UK ended up playing Bucknell in the finals?

  4. PillsburyThrowboy


    It is ridiculous that it takes EIGHT scrolls on a mouse to get the comment section.

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    3. RealCatsFan

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  5. Bluemantoo

    This is an outright travesty!!!! How the hell did UNCheat not win this going away?! They should have 100% APR and 100% graduation rate with pseudo degrees in-hand by every player to prove it!

    1. Mathlete

      They got caught so long ago that everyone who had the fake classes on their transcript has “graduated” and moved out of the measurement period

    2. RealCatsFan

      Looks like none of the schools from that state were able to get past the Sweet Sixteen.

  6. Mathlete

    Also, John Higgins isn’t calling this tournament.

  7. J-Dub421

    Someone go rub Bobby Knight’s nose in this.

  8. cats646

    The title of this article made me think of “these boys won the championship, the championship of life” ha.

  9. rabblerabblerabble

    Ummmmmm the APR doesn’t take whether one and dones go to class into account…..

    1. rabblerabblerabble

      EDIT: Yes it does, I’m an idiot. Although let’s not act like getting through your freshman year while not flunking out ain’t exactly something to celebrate.

  10. Megan

    I love this. Wish it got some national exposure.