Houston Baptist banned from 2015 postseason for low APR score

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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We already know of one school that will take a big hit next season due to the APR.

Houston Baptist, which plays in the Southland Conference, is ineligible for the 2015 postseason. The APR is the NCAA's measure for a program's graduation, retention and eligibility rate for a team's players. Teams have to be at a score of 930 or more to remain eligible (the ceiling is 1,000) for any type of postseason play.

This 930 floor is in its first year of activation and is higher than the initial baseline of 900 when the APR was instituted more than a half-decade ago.

Baptist scored 913 in its most recent four-year average for APR, per a school release. The NCAA will be releasing the four-year APRs for every school next week. HBU said it appealed the decision and that the appeal was denied.

"While our men's basketball program has achieved a very laudable graduation rate, we did not do an adequate job of monitoring those who, for whatever reason, were no longer actively competing on our roster," school AD Steve Moniaci said. "We respect the committee's decision and have put measures in place in order to prevent this from happening again."

HBU cites its graduation rate during the 2010-13 window as 82 percent. Baptist went 6-25 last season and did not qualify for its league tournament.

"The NCAA's stated intention of the minimum APR score is to be a reflection of a 50-percent graduation, and the current national average graduation rate in men's basketball is 70 percent," HBU head men's basketball coach Ron Cottrell said. "As our program far exceeds these benchmarks, our situation is a prime example that the APR measurement, as it is currently structured, is not always a true reflection of academic success."

HBU is getting punished here because it lost points based one players who left the program in search of using up eligibility at another school. When transferring out, the players "did not meet the NCAA's APR requirement for leaving a program went on to not graduate from the school," per the school.

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