For a second straight season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has received a Team Academic Excellence Award presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The honor is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point average of better than 3.0 for the entire season. The Buckeyes earned the award for the 2018-19 season and have now been so honored during both of coach Chris Holtmann’s seasons with the program.
Ohio State posted a 3.03 team grade-point average for the season. In all, 11 members of the team topped the 3.0 mark, and the team has had an grade-point average of better than 3.0 for four straight weeks.
For the second straight year, our team has earned the @NABC1927 Team Excellence Award for their 2018-19 academic performance.
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Across the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, 154 schools earned the honor. Northwestern is the only other Big Ten team aside from Ohio State to earn the award.
The team grade-point average also nets Holtmann a bonus. A team grade-point average of better than 3.0 as calculated for the fall and spring semesters on May 30 of each other nets him a $50,000 bonus.
Under Holtmann, the Buckeyes have also made progress with their Academic Performance Review rating. After achieving a score of 981 for the 2017-18 season, the most recent year for which data is available, Ohio State increased its rolling four-year average to 940, above the threshold for any penalties.