UConn has been banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament and Big East tournament, a decision that could possibly -- but not likely -- be overturned if the NCAA decides to change its ruling. But with the way players are defecting the program, the NCAA tournament ban might not even come into play -- the Huskies could very well miss the tournament of their own accord.
Smith averaged 4.4 points in 18.7 minutes as a sophomore after accumulating averages of 6.3 points and 25.4 minutes as a freshman.
The final Connecticut Huskies appeal has been denied by the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance, the school announced on Thursday, meaning that UConn's 2013 NCAA Tournament ban will stand, at least for now.
The Huskies are currently ineligible to play in nest year's NCAA Tournament, but that could change if the NCAA changes its academic standards before then.
UConn was hit with the 2013 NCAA tournament ban due to poor academic performance, but appealed on the premise that the team's academic performance had improved recently.
Due to a recent ruling of Big East presidents, the Huskies will also be ineligible for the 2013 Big East Tournament if they are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies lost in the first round to Iowa State in the 2012 NCAA tournament, 77-64, after finishing the regular season 20-13.
If the Connecticut Huskies' 2013 NCAA Tournament ban holds up, the team will also be unable to participate in the 2013 Big East Tournament due to a ruling the Big East presidents made earlier this March, according to an ESPN report.
During a meeting on March 7 in New York, the Big East presidents voted that any team without NCAA tournament eligibility would also be barred from the conference tournament. The new ruling will likely be adopted into the conference's rules in May and could impact the Huskies, who have been banned from next season's NCAA tournament because the basketball program has failed to live up to the NCAA's academic standards.
UConn is attempting to appeal the NCAA's ruling on the grounds of recent academic improvements, and could learn whether the appeal is successful within the next few days, according to ESPN.
The Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team currently faces a postseason NCAA Tournament ban in 2013 as part of their penalties for having a low APR. The NCAA is currently pondering rule changes which would allow UConn to qualify for the 2013 postseason using newer APR data.
Committee chairman Walter Harrison told The Associated Press Thursday that the committee plans to meet for three days in April, but it's not clear whether the academic reporting question can be resolved this spring, or will need further discussion when the committee meets in the summer.
"We don't know yet how many hearings we will need to hold in April," Harrison said via email. "That will determine how much time we can spend on the matter of the timing of penalties. So, I'm not comfortable with the word 'likely.' All I can say now is that we hope to have concluded our review of this policy question in either April or July." (via ESPN)
The doubt surrounding UConn's ability to play in the NCAA Tournament next season could impact the decisions of talented players who are thinking of leaving the program (Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb) or coming into the program. The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is April 29.
The University of Connecticut's proposal for a waiver request that would have allowed the men's basketball team to participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament has been denied, but the Huskies are expected to appeal the decision, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.
Goodman reports that the NCAA nixed UConn's request for a waiver. The Huskies proposed a series of self-imposed punishments that would have taken the place of the NCAA Tournament ban -- the proposed penalties included shortening the team's regular seasons schedule, forfeiting all revenue from the tournament, and limiting the amount of time UConn's coaching staff could spend with recruits.
The Huskies are currently barred from the 2013 NCAA Tournament due to a history of sub-standard academic achievement. UConn will appeal the decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals.
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