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Kentucky does well in latest NCAA report on academic achievement

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee dunkekd off a pass from Tyler Ulis against Missouri on Jan. 29.
Kentucky forward Marcus Lee dunkekd off a pass from Tyler Ulis against Missouri on Jan. 29. Herald-Leader

The men's basketball team was among 18 University of Kentucky teams that exceeded the national average for public universities in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate report released Wednesday.

All 22 of UK's teams surpassed the NCAA's minimum standard. Of UK's teams, 19 improved or maintained their APR scores from a year ago.

The men's golf and women's cross country teams led the way with perfect 1,000 scores, followed by women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, volleyball, men's basketball, and men's tennis with scores of 995.

The marks are a four-year composite, covering the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, that measures academic eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes. The NCAA cut score for each sport is 930.

The 18 Wildcat teams that exceeded the national average among public universities in their sports included the seven teams listed above, along with women's golf (992), women's tennis (992), rifle (990), men's cross country (990), women's basketball (987), women's soccer (986), softball (985), baseball (983), men's outdoor track (978), men's indoor track (973) and men's soccer (967), UK said in a news release. The UK football team scored a 945.

Last week, three UK teams received public recognition for their APR being in the top 10 percent of their sport: men's golf, women's cross country and men's basketball.

UK's team grade-point averages and APR scores "demonstrate that academics are an essential part of our mission," Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in the news release. "From coaches to staff to the students themselves, I am proud of the way we have embraced that as a department."

No UK team will be subject to penalties, such as scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions. None of UK's 22 teams have incurred a penalty during the 11-year history of the APR.

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