The University of Louisville men's basketball team has earned the 2010-11 BIG EAST Conference Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference's 26 sports.
The winners were chosen based on the 2010-11 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.
The men's basketball team has hovered around a collective 3.0 GPA for six straight semesters, including a 2.96 GPA for the most recent spring 2011 semester when seven Cardinals surpassed a 3.0.
The Cardinals exceeded expectations last season by tying for third in the BIG EAST Conference, earning 20 wins for their ninth straight season, reaching the title game of the BIG EAST Championship, defeating seven Top 25 teams and rising to as high as 11th in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. U of L had been picked to finish eighth in the league, did not receive a single vote in the AP preseason poll, had 10 players miss games with injuries last year and opened the season with no regular starters from the previous season.
Eleven BIG EAST schools had at least one team receive the academic honor among the 26 sports. U of L's women's lacrosse team also earned the award for their sport.