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K-State gets good NCAA APR news ... for now

The NCAA's Academic Progress Rate report is out, and the news is good for K-State. But trouble looms for the men's basketball program.

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All of K-State's athletic programs received good news from the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate report, but trouble looms for one program.

First, some background. This helpful NCAA infographic explains how APR is calculated. For each scholarship athlete, a school can earn two points per season: one for retaining the athlete, the other for the athlete remaining academically eligible.

Four K-State teams earned a perfect 1,000 this year, so congratulations to the men's and women's cross country teams, the men's golf team, and the volleyball team. All other teams finished well above 930, the point at which warning flags are raised. Teams must maintain a four-year average of 930 or better to remain eligible for postseason competition.

With that in mind, there's one obvious candidate for trouble in the near future. Five players either transferred or were dismissed from K-State's men's basketball program this year. Assuming they all left in good academic standing, K-State can only earn five of the 10 points available for those players. Men's basketball programs are allotted 13 scholarships per year, and we'll assume that K-State had 13 players on academic aid last year. So K-State has 26 points to earn for this year.

In the best-case scenario, all five players who left are academically eligible, so K-State earns five out of 10 points for them. All eight other players are also academically eligible, earning 16 out of 16 available points. K-State earns 21 out of 26 available points, an 807 APR score for 2014-15.

In this case, the four-year scores for K-State next year would be as follows: 807, 980, 974, 964, for a 931.25 average. If that occurs, K-State will narrowly remain eligible for the postseason in 2016-17. No matter what, the Wildcats will be lugging that 807 anchor with them for four more years, which puts them at serious risk of postseason ineligibility at some point in the next four years.

If even one of the five players who left the program this year is academically ineligible, then K-State will not be eligible for the postseason in 2016-17. The men's basketball program would earn only a 769 for this year, which means an even greater risk of postseason ineligibility in the next four years.