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Graduation rates of NCAA's top basketball seeds vary

March 17, 2009

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central released a report Monday that shows the top seeds in the NCAA basketball tournament have widely varying graduation rates.

The No. 1 seeds - North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Connecticut  - have graduations rates that range from 86 percent at North Carolina to 33 percent at UConn.  Pitt was at 69 percent and Louisville was at 42 percent.

The reported graduation rates are based on whether freshmen who entered school between the 1998-1999 and 2001-2002 school years earned diplomas within six years.

The study also found that fewer tournament teams have failing Academic Progress Rates than last year.

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