Duke and BYU Face Off in March Madness Student Athlete Bracket

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According to a study performed by DegreeSearch.org, Notre Dame and Marquette join the final four as strong Student Athlete schools for athletic performance and academics.

What’s so impressive about the players is that they’ve been able to show their strength and determination both on the court, and in the classroom.

Many of the schools in this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament struggle to graduate their players, some with a graduation rate as low as 11%. A recent study by DegreeSearch.org took a closer look at the numbers, assigning a Student Athlete Score to each school based on the sum of two factors:

  •     Brains (6 year graduation rate among basketball players)
  •     Wins (team win percentage over the last 6 seasons).

Duke (Student Athlete score 175) and Brigham Young (178) go head to head for the championship in this hypothetical bracket. Both teams have played well over the past 6 years, and graduated a high number of players. A perfect graduation rate for BYU helped them snag the championship title.

Other notable school achievements include impressive scores for Utah State (177), Notre Dame (168), Marquette (167) and Villanova (165), while the lowest scores went to Princeton (51 - no grad data avail.), Georgia (69), Arizona (73) and North Carolina - Asheville (93).

“Mike Krzyzewski from Duke and Dave Rose from BYU have done a remarkable job coaching their basketball programs while maintaining high academic achievement,” said Joseph LeBaron, creator of the study. “What’s so impressive about the players is that they’ve been able to show their strength and determination both on the court, and in the classroom.”

Dedication to academics in addition to teamwork has paid off big for Duke. They won last year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament, and are a perennial contender for the national championship.

On Krzyzewski’s coaching style, Wikipedia states: “Krzyzewski's behind-the-scenes style … [emphasizes] discipline and teamwork on and off the court along with academic achievement. Under Krzyzewski, 90% of Duke's scholarship basketball players have graduated, among the highest graduation rates of any NCAA Division I program.”

Coach Rose stands by a similar philosophy:

“That’s one thing that we promise these players and their parents, that we’ll give them every opportunity possible to graduate when they come and that we’re not just signing them to play basketball,” Rose said. “So far, these players have all taken advantage of it.”

For additional details, including a Student Athlete bracket and scores of other schools, view the full post on DegreeSearch.org’s blog: http://degreesearch.org/blog/2011/03/march-madness-brains-vs-wins-2011/.

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