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North Carolina, UConn women get good grades

INDIANAPOLIS — College basketball champions North Carolina and Connecticut both made the NCAA’s list of academic overachievers Wednesday.

The list rewards teams that score between 976 and a perfect 1,000 on the Academic Progress Rate. Points are awarded for each student-athlete on a team who remains academically eligible, remains at that school and subsequently graduates. Actual scores from the data collected between 2004-05 and 2007-08 will not be released until May 6.

This year, 767 teams, or 11.9 percent of all Division I teams, were honored for their academic performance, and it marks the second straight year North Carolina has made the list after reaching the Final Four.

Coach Roy Williams, who has won two national titles in five years with the Tar Heels, also saw his former school, Kansas, the 2008 national champs, honored for a second straight year.

Only three sports during the four-year period produced consecutive national champions that made the list: North Carolina and Kansas in men’s basketball; Stanford and Oklahoma State in men’s golf in 2006 and 2007; and Portland and Notre Dame, which won the 2004 and 2005 women’s soccer titles.

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