Six teams have been banned from the NCAA post-season after the release of the annual academic progress ratings (APR) on Tuesday, while UConn have been reinstated following marginal improvement in their scores.
NCAA guidelines require programs to keep a four-year rolling APR of at least 900 rating points or a two-year rolling APR of 930, or they will be banned from post-season competition.
Accepting this fate for college basketball after the most recent review are New Orleans, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State face the ignominy of second successive post-season absences, with neither colleges able to improve their ratings to reach the required standards set by the NCAA.
FIU miss out just a year since posting one of their best seasons in over a decade, with a multi-year rate of only 858 - some way below the APR threshold and a year after a score of 909.
The Panthers will also receive a practice time reduction having failed to meet the NCAA guidelines.
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