The UCLA men's basketball program is in danger of becoming academically ineligible for the NCAA Tournament because of a four-year accumulation of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, a report from bayareanewsgroup.com showed.
UCLA was last in the Pac-12 Conference with a four-year average academic score of 933, while Stanford led the conference at 997. A cumulative average score of 930 over the previous four years would rule a program ineligible to participate in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA's individual 2018 academic score was 905, dragging its four-year score down to the point of ineligibility. The program did post a 977 score in 2017.
The academic scores were accumulated for the past four seasons under head coach Steve Alford, who was fired on New Year's Eve after the Bruins got off to a 7-6 start against nonconference competition.
Alford was replaced by Murry Bartow on an interim basis, but the UCLA failed to reach the NCAA Tournament. UCLA hired Cincinnati's Mick Cronin in April as its new head coach.