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UConn officially eligible for NCAA Tournament in 2013-14

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Kevin Ollie will have the opportunity to lead the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament for the first time next season. (AP Photo)

The long state-wide nightmare is over.

UConn men’s basketball is again eligible for the NCAA Tournament after a lost season filled with existential stares from the stands and “APR–Almost Passed Reading” signs.

The Huskies scored a 947 on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR)  for the 2011-12 season and has a two-year rolling average of 962.

The NCAA’s required minimum is 900.

Six teams will miss the NCAA Tournament next season due to poor academic performance. New Orleans, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, and Alabama State will not be participating in the NCAAs next season.

UConn remains the only BCS school to have failed to meet APR requirements in men’s basketball.

The idea that the NCAA had it in for Jim Calhoun will gain more traction among Huskies fans.

Most of the schools that have been penalized so far have little in the way of funding and resources to help athletes stay on top of schoolwork. Many of them travel via buses and miss weeks of homework.

The NCAA requires all athletic programs to maintain a four-year rolling APR of 900, or a two-year rolling APR of 930, or be punished with a postseason ban.

Under the APR guidelines, each student-athlete earns one point for remaining in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are then divided by points possible and multiplied by 1,000 to produce the APR.