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UW-Milwaukee mens' basketball narrowly misses NCAA sanctions

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team just barely escaped NCAA sanctions for academic reasons.

A report released Wednesday said the Panthers were below the 60 percent graduation success rate with an academic progress score of 916 for the last three years.

That's just below the required 925 and the national average of 928 for men's basketball.

But the Panthers went above the minimum when statistical adjustments for squad sizes were taken into account.

Coach Rob Jeter says his team does stress academics and they've been pro-active in doing it.

However, the NCAA will drop the statistical adjustment next year which means teams like UW-Milwaukee will have to improve or face punishment.

At first, it could include a loss of scholarships and could eventually include bans on post-season play.

The report also said UW-Green Bay had the highest men's basketball score in the state, at 952.