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Davidson Wildcats win NCAA tournament’s academic bracket

A new study shows the Davidson Wildcats would win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament if it were played in the classroom. The Wildcats would edge Maryland in the tournament final.
A new study shows the Davidson Wildcats would win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament if it were played in the classroom. The Wildcats would edge Maryland in the tournament final. TIM COWIE - DavidsonPhotos.com

If March Madness took place in the classroom, Davidson would reign supreme.

In a study released to Time magazine on Tuesday, Davidson was picked as the academic champion of the 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Wildcats, 24-7 and the regular-season champions in the Atlantic 10, beat Iowa, Georgetown, Southern Methodist, Duke, Dayton and finally Maryland to win the title in the classroom.

New America, a Washington think tank, generated the rankings of 67 of the 68 teams in the tournament. It then used the on-court bracket to determine who would win in head-to-head matchups.

An obvious team missing from the Final Four is Harvard. The Crimson was not included because the Ivy League doesn’t report federal graduation rates for students. By virtue of this exclusion, North Carolina avoided an opening loss.

There are six teams from the Carolinas in the tournament, and three are represented in the Elite Eight, where Wofford and Duke join Davidson.

Clearly, Davidson takes its academics seriously. Stephen Curry, the program’s most famous alumnus, won’t get his jersey in the Belk Arena rafters until he completes his degree.

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