NDSU was one of only six Division I schools to earn a bid to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament while owning a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better.
For the second-straight year, the Bison were announced as a recipient of the Team Academic Excellence Award presented July 29 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The academic award program created by the association recognizes outstanding academic achievement by teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2014-15 season. All teams in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA Division I and II are eligible.
NDSU was one of 19 Division I schools to earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award. Belmont, Eastern Washington, Harvard, North Florida and Northern Iowa were the only other schools to post a team GPA above 3.0 and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament for the 2014-15 year.
The Bison recorded a 3.27 team GPA for the spring 2015 semester – the highest men’s basketball semester GPA at NDSU in 10 years. All players on the 2014-15 roster combined for a 3.23 team GPA.
“We are very pleased and extremely proud of the efforts that our guys put in on the court and in the classroom,” said NDSU head coach David Richman. “The success on the court is more visible to the public eye, but the work that our guys do in the classroom cannot be understated. We’re pleased to be recognized with such a great group of schools, and we look forward to continuing to build.”
NDSU finished 23-10 overall last season and made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years.
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