HARTFORD–UConn basketball fans can breathe easy once again.
The Husky men got themselves out of the danger zone, scoring a perfect 1,000 in Academic Progress Rate, according to the NCAA. The perfect score reflects what the Huskies did in the classroom in 2012-13, Kevin Ollie’s first year as coach.
The UConn men posted scores of 978, 947 and 1,000 over the previous three years, bringing their four-year average to 936, which is six points above the limit to avoid penalty (930).
The average score in Division I men’s basketball was 957. According to the data released on Wednesday, the four-year averages for Connecticut’s Division I schools were 956 for CCSU, 970 for Fairfield, 969 for Quinnipiac, 955 for Sacred Heart, 995 for Hartford and 984 for Yale.
“The bottom line, I know what my kids are doing behind the scenes,” Ollie told the Hartford Courant. “I find satisfaction every day, I see them over in Burton [Complex], studying hard, passing tests. Even though we were gone for a month with the NCAA Tournament and all the traveling, they’re still getting their things done. Having study hall on the road, those things give me pride and allow me to sleep better as a coach.”
The UConn women earned a perfect score for the second time in four years. Their four-year scores are 1,000, 976, 976, and 1,000, which averages out to 989.
The field hockey team, which also won a national championship this year, also earned a perfect 1,000 score.
The men’s basketball team was banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament due to poor APR scores.