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Louisville basketball produces 3.36 GPA for fall semester

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University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has spoken often about the character of his current team and they have proven successful on the court as well.  Figures from the 2015 UofL fall semester also show that the 20th-ranked Cardinals have also achieved success academically.

The Cardinals collectively produced a 3.36 grade points average for the 2015 fall semester, with 13 of 15 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA.  Seven achieved a 3.4 or higher GPA.  The men's basketball team has been around a collective 3.0 GPA for 15 consecutive semesters.

The academic success continues a recent trend for the UofL men's basketball team.  For the  2014-15 school year, the team produced a collective 3.26 grade point average, just below its record 3.40 GPA from the previous season.   Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 21-member 2015 ACC All-Academic Team.

Louisville has received NCAA Public Recognition Awards the last two years for ranking among the top 10 percent in men's basketball in the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. The Cardinals had a perfect 1000 APR in the most recent four-year period, all 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.

Prior to entering the ACC, UofL's men's basketball team earned four straight league Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference sports (2014 American Athletic Conf., 2011-13 Big East).