STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s ban from next year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament is expected to become official on Wednesday.

The NCAA will be releasing its annual academic progress report for the 2010-2011 academic year. UConn officials say they’re expecting a score of 978.

That is much improved over recent scores, but not high enough to keep the school eligible for the tournament. NCAA rules require a 900 average over four years or a 930 over two years. Connecticut’s four-year score would be 889 and its two-year average would be 902.

There is still a small chance UConn would be allowed to play in the tournament. The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance meets next month and is expected to discuss the possibility of using 2011-2012 scores in deciding next year’s tournament eligibility. But UConn officials have said they don’t expect that change to be adopted.

The UConn team isn’t the only one in the state facing sanctions. Central Connecticut has said its men’s soccer team also won’t be academically eligible for next year’s NCAA tournament.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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