15 Kentucky teams surpass national APR average; all 22 make the cut

May 14, 2014 

The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report Wednesday, showing that all 22 of the University of Kentucky sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score.

The APR is billed as a real-time measurement of academic success. Each player on a team receives one point each semester if they remain academically eligible and another point each semester if they are still enrolled in school. The NCAA says its "cut score," a 930, correlates to a 50 percent graduation rate. A perfect score is 1,000. The most recent data covers the academic years from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

Fifteen of the 22 squads exceeded the national average for public universities in their sports and 18 of the 22 UK teams had a better or same score as a year ago.

"It's gratifying to see the number of teams that continue to improve their scores and exceed national averages," said Mitch Barnhart, UK athletics director.

The men's golf, men's tennis and women's cross country teams led the way with perfect 1,000 scores, followed by women's golf (993), women's indoor track and field (991), women's outdoor track and field (991), volleyball (990), men's basketball (989) and rifle (989). The marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2009-10 through 2012-13 school years, measuring academic eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes.

The 15 Wildcat teams that exceeded the national average among public universities in their sports included the nine teams listed above, along with women's soccer (988), softball (985), women's tennis (985) men's cross country (983), women's basketball (977) and baseball (977).

Another highlight was that 11 UK teams notched a perfect 1,000 score for the 2012-13 school year: men's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, gymnastics, rifle, women's soccer, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball.

"Over the last five years, we've had as much on-court success as anyone and none of it has been done at the expense of academics," UK men's basketball Coach John Calipari said on Twitter Wednesday.

With each team exceeding the NCAA cut score, no UK squads are subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions. No UK teams have incurred a penalty during the 10-year history of the APR.

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