UW-Milwaukee banned from 2015 postseason
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball program will be banned from any postseason play next season because of low academic scores, the school announced.
The NCAA informed the school that their appeal of the ban had been denied.
UWM will not be allowed to participate in Horizon League Tournament or any other postseason tournament following the regular season next year because of low Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores.
The men's basketball score for the current four-year 2012-13 cycle was 908, falling well below the required score of 930.
"The academic success of our student-athletes will always be the top priority in the Milwaukee athletic department," UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun said. "We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes and are accepting the consequences from the NCAA. Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom."
The team said they will substitute four hours of "academic activities" where practice would usually take place. Also all basketball-related activities will be limited to five days instead of six.
Last season, the Panthers won 21 games and lost in the NCAA tournament's round of 64 to Villanova."I am very proud of the steps that we have taken in regards to the APR score," head coach Rob Jeter said. "The quality of the student-athletes in our program cannot be stressed enough and we are fully committed to supporting them."