Smartest College Basketball Teams

As the NCAA college basketball tournament kicks off, The Daily Beast ranks all 68 teams based on their grades and graduation rates, from first to worst. Click here for the smart bracket.

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#1, Princeton University

Coach: Sydney Johnson
NCAA Seed: 13

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 996
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 1,000

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#2, Brigham Young University

Coach: Dave Rose
NCAA Seed: 3

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 995.75

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#3, Belmont

Coach: Rick Byrd
NCAA Seed: 13

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 990.5

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#4, Notre Dame

Coach: Mike Brey
NCAA Seed: 2

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 983
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 980.83

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#5, Villanova

Coach: Jay Wright
NCAA Seed: 9

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 980
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 978
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 986.33

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#6, Illinois

Coach: Bruce Webber
NCAA Seed: 9

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 979
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 980
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 982.5

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#7, Wofford

Coach: Mike Young
NCAA Seed: 14

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 972
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 960

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#8, Xavier

Coach: Chris Mack
NCAA Seed: 6

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 985
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 92
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 1,000

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#9, Bucknell

Coach: Rick Byrd
NCAA Seed: 13

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 990.5

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#10, Vanderbilt

Coach: Kevin Stallings
NCAA Seed: 5

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 980
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 93
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 977.67

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#11, Utah State

Coach: Stew Morrill
NCAA Seed: 12

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 946
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 979
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 931.67

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#12, North Carolina

Coach: Roy Williams
NCAA Seed: 2

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 88
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 992.83

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#13, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Coach: Steve Shields
NCAA Seed: 16

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 962
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 981
Graduation Success Rate: 92
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 956.17

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#14, Boston University

Coach: Patrick Chambers
NCAA Seed: 16

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 964
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 980
Graduation Success Rate: 90
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 980

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#15, Marquette

Coach: Buzz Williams
NCAA Seed: 11

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 975
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 980
Graduation Success Rate: 91
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 945.5

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#16, Penn State

Coach: Ed DeChellis
NCAA Seed: 10

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 86
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 971.5

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#17, Butler

Coach: Brad Stevens
NCAA Seed: 8

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 1,000
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 83
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 1,000

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#18, Duke

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
NCAA Seed: 1

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 980
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 83
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 983.17

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#19, Kansas

Coach: Bill Self
NCAA Seed: 1

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 1,000
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 80
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 984.17

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#20, Northern Colorado

Coach: B.J. Hill
NCAA Seed: 15

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 926
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 941
Graduation Success Rate: 92
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 941*

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#21, Richmond

Coach: Chris Mooney
NCAA Seed: 12

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 967
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 83
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 969.2

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#22, Gonzaga

Coach: Mark Few
NCAA Seed: 11

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 976
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 73
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 977.33

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#23, Long Island University

Coach: Jim Ferry
NCAA Seed: 15

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 940
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 980
Graduation Success Rate: 78
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 947.83

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#24, Oakland

Coach: Greg Kampe
NCAA Seed: 13

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 962
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 981
Graduation Success Rate: 75
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 951.67

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#25, St. John’s

Coach: Rick Byrd
NCAA Seed: 13

Multi-year Academic Progress Rate: 995
2008-2009 Academic Progreess Rate: 1,000
Graduation Success Rate: 100
Coach Career Average Academic Progress Rate: 990.5