Intellectual Powerhouses

While the tourney’s four top seeds share similar basketball prowess, their academic might varies wildly. A recent report reveals that UNC trounces Uconn in the classroom, boasting an 86 percent graduation rate that dwarfs the Huskies’ 33 percent. Pitt and Louisville are sandwiched in the middle, with graduation rates of 69 and 42 percent, respectively. On a brighter note, the study also found that fewer tournament teams have failing Academic Progress Rates than last year: only 21 teams in this year’s group have failing rates according to NCAA standards—that’s 14 fewer than last year.