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Tourney should favor academics

Updated: March 18, 2011, 4:25 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

As the prominent racial justice champion Cornell West said, "Race matters."

As men's and women's basketball teams take the court in the NCAA tournament this week, there is so much joy and happiness on the campuses involved. The hard work of the student-athletes who have brought their schools to this point will be applauded in so many ways.

But there is one fact about the teams in the tournament and the coaches who lead the teams that makes West's statement relevant. ...

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