ORLANDO — Women's teams in the NCAA Tournament are graduating players at a higher rate than their male counterparts.
The women are graduating at a rate of 87 percent, compared to 72 for the men, according to a study released Tuesday by UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
The women's field has 21 teams graduating at 100 percent. Northwestern State was the lone women's tourney team to fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, or 50 percent graduation rate equivalent. Eight men's teams were below that standard.
The women also saw a 1 percentage point decrease in the disparity between the graduation rates of white and African-Americans. That gap is 5 percentage points. It's a 24-point gap for men's teams.
Study author Richard Lapchick said the women's success in consistently closing the gap between white and African-American players is proof the men's gap can also be reduced.
Out at Wake: Jeff Bzdelik, 61, resigned Thursday as Wake Forest's coach, going 51-76 (17-51 ACC) in four seasons. By the afternoon, the trees on the Winston-Salem, N.C., campus quad had been "rolled" with toilet paper, just as they usually are after a big victory.
Tenn.-Martin: UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer, 42, was hired as coach, hoping to reverse the Skyhawks' streak of more than 20 losses each of the past five seasons.