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Louisville basketball posts perfect 4-year APR

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Here's a portion of the release from U of L:

Four University of Louisville athletic teams are among the nation's leaders within their sport in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.

UofL's men's basketball, men's cross country, women's golf and softball teams are among the top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest APR, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. All four sports programs have a perfect 1000 score for the most recent four-year period from 2010-14

"Every coach strives for not only excellence on the court, but for excellence in academics," said UofL Head Coach Rick Pitino. "The work that our academic staff does with our players is first class and our players are committed. (UofL Director of Academic Services) Anthony Wrightand our student-athletes have done a great job in making us all very proud of their accomplishments."

Over the four-year period of this multiyear APR report, Louisville's academic success has come while winning a combined 121 games -- the second-most in the nation in that stretch -- and the Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship and reached the 2012 Final Four.

While the University of Louisville men's basketball team has performed well on the court, the Cardinals have excelled in the classroom as well. The Cardinals earned a collective 3.26 grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year and the team has produced around a 3.0 or better GPA for 14 consecutive semesters. Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 21-member 2015 ACC All-Academic Team. Senior forward Wayne Blackshear was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection, the Cardinals' second such selection in the last three years (also Peyton Siva, 2013).

Notable academic achievement has become a regular occurrence for the Cardinals. Louisville also received an NCAA Public Recognition Award each of the last two years for ranking among the top 10 percent in men's basketball in the APR. UofL's men's basketball team earned its league's last four Team Academic Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference's sports (2014 American Athletic Conference, 2011-13 Big East).