A Ranking of NCAA Division 1 Basketball Teams based upon their

By Frederick Wiseman.

Published by The International Journal of Sport and Society

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In recent years, the amount of money that colleges and universities can earn as a result of having a very successful football or men’s basketball program has increased dramatically. Not surprisingly, the time demands placed upon the student-athletes on these teams has also increased. This has alarmed numerous educators and critics of college sports who worry about the quality of the education that these student-athletes are receiving. Some have argued that sport programs should be ranked according to how well their student-athletes perform both in the classroom and on the athletic field. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate a methodology that can provide such a ranking. Using this methodology, the 343 NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball teams are ranked over a four year period of time. The results indicate that the two top ranked teams, Duke and Kentucky, did very well in terms of both athletic and academic performance. In general, teams that performed well on the basketball court also performed well in the classroom. Implications of this result are discussed within the paper.

Keywords: Academic Progress Rate, RPI, College Basketball, NCAA, Ranking, ***management

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 13, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 472.683KB)).

Dr. Frederick Wiseman

Professor, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA