Six banned from 2014 postseason for low APR scores

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Connecticut raised its APR score enough to avoid a postseason ban for a second consecutive season, but six other programs weren't as lucky.

The NCAA released their annual academic progress ratings (APR) on Tuesday afternoon, and revealed that six Division-I programs will be ineligible for postseason play in 2013-14 because of subpar scores.

New Orleans, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State all received postseason bans for as a result of their low APR. For Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State, this is the second consecutive season they will be banned from the postseason for their subpar marks.

The most notable name not on that list is Connecticut, which was easily the highest-profile program affected by the new rule last season. The Huskies avoided a second straight postseason ban by lifting their APR from an 889 in 2010-11 to a score of 897 in 2011-12. UConn went 20-10 last season and almost certainly would have made the NCAA Tournament had they been eligible.

The program likely hardest hit by these sanctions is Florida International, which set a school record for wins in its first season under head coach Richard Pitino last year. Now they've lost Pitino to Minnesota and won't be eligible for conference tournament or any other postseason tournament play in 2013-14.

A staggering four of the six programs banned are members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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