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The NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance recommended that this be put in place for the 2012-13 season, but NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said the Division I board of directors will have the option of implementing it for this season.
Had the 900 APR requirement existed last season, Connecticut -- which won the tournament -- would not have been eligible to compete. UConn's APR was 893.
Had it been applied to last season's NCAA tournament, the 900 benchmark would have scratched three entrants: UAB (860), Alabama State (883) and UConn. A total of 33 Division I men's basketball programs were beneath 900 last season, also including Arkansas (892), Missouri State (896), Ball State (892), Toledo (858) and St. Bonaventure (894).