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At least that’s what the folks at Inside Higher Ed assured us would happen if the schools filling out the brackets competed at educating students instead of padding their bottom lines. What a quaint notion!

But for those still believe athletes are actually students, here’s the short version of how things would have played out:

Dayton and Kansas are the only two teams to make the Sweet 16 boasting perfect Academic Progress Rates, which is NCAA’s “multiyear measure of a team’s classroom performance” - in this case, from 2008-12. But the two South Region entrants wind up meeting in the Elite Eight, where the Federal Graduation Rate is applied as a tiebreaker, handing a close decision to the Flyers.

Dayton goes on to defeat East Region champ Memphis in the Final Four and winds up in the championship game against Midwest winner Michigan, which got past West region representative American University. See the entire bracket here:

Dayton’s ultimate victory over Michigan means that the Flyers “while talented on the court” in the words of Inside Higher Ed, “also know how to hit the books hard.”

Tell me you don’t feel smarter already.



With only two rounds in the books, Stats LLC notes the all-time mark for most overtime games is in jeopardy. Stephen F. Austin’s come-from-behind thriller against VCU was the sixth OT affair in the tournament, topped only by the seven overtime games in 1995 and 1997. In three other years - 1975, 2006 and 2008 - there were also six games that extended past regulation. That leaves this year’s edition with 31 games, or chances if you like, to match or surpass the all-time mark.



“I thought I’d be playing after today.” - Duke sophomore forward Rodney Hood, who along with freshman teammate Jabari Parker is considered a potential NBA pick, explaining why he hasn’t yet considered whether to return to school or go pro.



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