By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager
The University of Kentucky did perform better than national champion Connecticut in college basketball last season – if you measured graduation rates for its basketball players. UK graduated 69% of its basketball players who came in as freshmen in 2004, better than the national average of 66% and nearly three times better than Connecticut.
UofL's men's basketball graduation rate was 56% and IU's 47%. Louisville led in graduate rates for all athletes at 81%. UK and Indiana had a 77% overall rate.
This is important not just because it speaks highly of the athletic programs at the three schools but could affect qualification for the NCAA basketball tournament and other championship events beginning next school year.
Louisville and Indiana's football graduation rate was 66% and UK's 61%, all under the national average of 67% so there is certainly room for growth.
But as UofL positions itself for possible conference movement, their academic as well as athletic prowess is worthy of any league.