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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

10 Sweet Sixteen teams fail to graduate 50% of their basketball players.

This is a classic example of what happens when people fail to use relevant statistics. Look at what this article is saying, in real terms: The top basketball programs in the country routinely have players who do not complete college in six years. This is due to a number of things, I'd imagine, not the least of which being that it is difficult to take a heavy schedule load during the 4 years of eligibility - doubly so for basketball, since it spans both semesters.

I'd also note that players have a tendency not to finish college becuase they go pro - I don't think anyone is going to say Juan Dixon is having a horrible life becuase he didn't pull in that degree. People shouldn't use statistics, especially a newspaper, when they are obviously misleading.

cranked out at 7:51 PM | |

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