The Ohio State men’s basketball team has posted its highest Academic Progress Report ranking in four years.
In new information released by the NCAA on Tuesday, the Buckeyes posted a multi-year score of a 965 after the 2018-19 season. It marked the second straight year of growth for the program and its highest ranking since it posted a 957 after the 2014-15 season.
For the 2018-19 academic year, Ohio State posted a perfect 1,000 score.
In order to be eligible for postseason play, teams must maintain a four-year rolling APR average of at least 930. Each year, players who receive athletically related financial aid can earn a maximum of two points: one for staying in school and one for remaining eligible. The team’s total points are then divided by points possible and multiplied by 1,000 to get a team’s score.
Ohio State had a four-year average of 936 for the 2016-17 season, the last under coach Thad Matta. The following year, under first-year coach Chris Holtmann, the Buckeyes raised it to 940 and avoided punishment before this year’s leap to 965. The two years of consecutive growth come after four straight years of declining results after a program-record average of 977 following the 2012-13 season.
Possible punishments include scholarship reductions and postseason bans.
Ohio State’s multi-year score ranks eighth among Big Ten men’s basketball teams. Northwestern leads the way at 1,000, followed by Michigan State at 995 and Wisconsin and Michigan tied at 990. Penn State and Illinois are tied for last at 948.