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NCAA Ruling Could Be Trouble For UConn Basketball

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Jim Calhoun (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Jim Calhoun (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

STORRS Conn. (AP) _ Changes in NCAA rules are expected to keep defending national-champion Connecticut from participating in the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Under the rules adopted Thursday by the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors, a school cannot participate in the 2013 tournament unless it has a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average score of 900 on the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate, which measures the academic performance of student athletes.

Connecticut’s score for the 2009-10 school year was 826. A UConn official has said the 2010-11 score will be approximately 975. That would not be high enough. It would give Connecticut a two-year score of 900.5 and a four-year average of 888.5.

The NCAA confirmed Thursday that scores from those years will be used to determine eligibility.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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