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In the news: 4 state basketball teams earn honors

4 state basketball teams earn honors

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s big four basketball programs were honored for their academic achievements by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue each finished among the top 10 percent of college basketball programs in the classroom. Only 35 teams nationally made the annual Academic Progress Rate list, which uses data through the 2011-12 school year. Actual scores for each team will be released Tuesday. The NCAA said all of the teams scored between 978 and 1,000.

Scores are calculated by each scholarship athlete on each team. An individual accumulates one point per semester for remaining academically eligible and another point each semester for remaining at that school or graduating.

The NCAA recognizes the top 10 percent of teams in each sport and all schools that score a perfect 1,000. This year, 976 teams made the list.

Butler has produced three consecutives scores of 1,000 on the APR – a tool the NCAA bills as a real-time measurement of progress in the classroom. The most recent four-year data ended with the 2011-12 school year.

Notre Dame has never scored lower than 971 since the NCAA started tracking academic progress in 2004-05. The NCAA said all of the teams on the list scored at least 978.

Purdue’s numbers have improved steadily since bottoming out at 894 in 2006-07 and 900 in 2007-08. The Boilermakers scored 919, 954 and 955 the last three years.

Notre Dame had 15 teams make the list, the most of any Division I school in the state. Butler had seven teams make the cut, Valparaiso had six, and Evansville and Indiana each had four teams on the list, including the Hoosiers’ men’s soccer team that won the national championship.

Each of the state’s 10 Division I schools had at least one team make the list.

– Associated Press

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