U.S. News: Academic Bracket related links

Updated: April 6, 2009, 6:56 PM ET

While 65 of the nation's best men's basketball teams attempt to become NCAA champions, high school seniors are experiencing their own version of March Madness. ESPN RISE feels your pain. We teamed up with U.S.News & World Report to bring you the "Academic Bracket" -- a look at the NCAA Tournament field's academic ratings. Check out the bracket here.

Throughout the tournament, ESPN RISE and U.S. News will look at trends both in school and on the court. Check back after each round for updated information.

From ESPN RISE

Rapoport: On-the-court pressure is preparation for tests
Top schools look for players who can balance books, ball
Video: Siena basketball coach Fran McCaffery on recruiting
Jones: Organization key to off-the-court success

From U.S. News

March Madness: What a Win Means for UNC or Michigan State
Villanova vs. UNC: 4 Facts About Each School
Michigan State vs. UConn: 4 Facts About Each School

Meet the NCAA Tournament's Best Students
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Texas's Connor Atchley
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Portland State's Tyrell Mara
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: North Dakota State's Brett Winkelman
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Illinois's Trent Meachem
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Cornell's Ryan Wittman
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Duke's Greg Paulus
The NCAA Tournament's Best Students: Michigan State's Idong Ibok

March Madness: 16 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's East Region
March Madness: 16 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's West Region
March Madness: 17 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region
March Madness: 16 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's South Region

Conference-by-conference academic breakdowns:
Atlantic 10 / ACC / America East / A-Sun / Big 12 / Big East / Big Sky / Big South / Big Ten / Big West / Colonial / Conference USA / Horizon League / Ivy League / MAAC / Mid-American Conference / Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference / Missouri Valley Conference / Mountain West Conference / Northeast Conference / Ohio Valley Conference / Pac-10 / Patriot League / SEC / Southern Conference / Southland Conference / Summit League / Sun Belt / SWAC / West Coast Conference / Western Athletic Conference