How APR Increases Will Effect NCAA College Basketball Teams

January 27, 2012
by Justin

Welcome back to Hardwood High School, your top-tier source for tips, techniques, drills about everything in high school basketball with a NCAA basketball perspective. Volume one was about the importance of great defense, and the second volume was all about you, the high school basketball player. Week three was all about Duke and UNC basketball’s coaches  and their high-level tips. Week four was all about AAU basketball  and how to infiltrate the complex world of AAU sports. Week five and six were filled with drills, just like week seven was. Volume seven explored the stars at three of the most elite programs, UConn, Ohio State and KU basketball, and how to play at their level.

 

The number 930 doesn’t sound like a huge number. Comparatively, if you had a bill for $900 and you got a $30 late fee, you wouldn’t bat an eye at the charge; that is if you barely have $900 to your name. I’ve been there as the average, broke college student. I had an auto-payment taken out without my permission that cause an overdraft in my checking. What really cut me deep was that I budgeted my last $50 perfectly, so the $35 fee knocked my fun budget down to $15. I survived this incident, but an increase in APR could cause some of your favorite NCAA college basketball teams in eligible for the postseason. No NCAA college basketball teams will be able to duck the new APR rule, so let figure out what teams wouldn’t have made the cut if the rule was implemented in the 2011 tournament and what NCAA basketball teams are going to have to do to stay competitive and eligible at the same time.

 

The NCAA College Basketball Teams That Wouldn’t Have Made the Cut

It turns out that 12 NCAA college basketball teams that would not have been eligible to compete if the recent APR average had been applied to the 2011 NCAA college basketball Tournament. What would #1-seed Ohio State be doing? They would have been focusing on their mid-terms in their dorms. San Antonio Spurs draft pick, Kawhi Leonard and the San Diego State Aztecs college basketball team, would have been enjoying another beautiful day in San Diego, while the March Madness dominated our televisions. The part that shook me the most was the fact that eventual NCAA college basketball champion UConn would not be invited to the 2012 edition to defend its title since, according to the latest numbers, over the 2006-07 to 2009-10 academic periods the Huskies managed an APR of just 893. They’re lucky that the rule won’t go into effect until the 2013 season or UConn wouldn’t have made the cut this year.

 

The NCAA College Basketball Teams Would’ve Replaced The Ineligible Teams

With that fact that 12 of your favorite NCAA college basketball teams wouldn’t have made the cut, looming over the landscape for NCAA college basketball teams, I had to do some research on what teams would’ve taken their places. Out of 12, seven NCAA college basketball teams were automatic bids through conference tournament titles and five were at-large entries. Here is the breakdown:

Because Alabama State, who was given a 16-seed after winning the SWAC Tournament had an APR of 907, they would have been ineligible and replaced by Alcorn State. Alcorn State went 4-24, (4-14 in conference) and has a 944 rating. The crazy thing is that they would have technically been an automatic bid because they were the only SWAC school above the NCAA’s APR standard. The Braves with all four of their wins would have sliding on the glass slipper. Morehead (906) would have been replaced by Murray State (932) and Wisconsin (970) would’ve replaced Ohio State (929). This would have opened up another space because Wisconsin already made the tournament. St. Peter’s (928) would be removed as the Metro Atlantic for Fairfield (946) and #2 San Diego State (921) would be replaced by Jimmer Fredette and his #3 BYU (991), opening up a another at-large space. Long Beach State (950) would in for the Big West and UT San Antonio (885) would have been bootedas the Southland Conference representative, for McNeese State (948). The other teams that would have been kicked out were Kansas State’s (924), Syracuse (912), UAB (825), and USC (924).

 

So, the aftermath of this big change will put NCAA college basketball teams in a position that athletic talent will be barely outweighing academic aptitude. In no time, NCAA college basketball teams are going to be looking for players who may not have vertical leaps comparable to their SAT scores. Be sure to check back next week for another installment of Hardwood High. Until then, this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.

 

Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

 

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