The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers men’s basketball program will be ineligible for postseason play in 2014-15, according to a release from the NCAA regarding its Academic Progress Rates.
The Panthers failed to reach the benchmark of 930 points as determined by the APR formula and did not meet the criteria for a waiver or did not seek a waiver for the penalty.
Milwaukee was a Level One offender. The penalties for Level One include postseason ineligibilit and, the loss of four hours and one day of practice time per week during the season to be replaced by academic activities.
The school knew the ban was coming for some time—it announced last month that its appeal of a postseason ban had been denied.
“The academic success of our student-athletes will always be the top priority in the Milwaukee athletic department,” athletic director Amanda Braun said last month. “We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes and are accepting the consequences from the NCAA. Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help- all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom.”
The postseason ban includes the Horizon League tournament.
The Panthers were 21-14 overall last season and 7-9 in the Horizon League before upsetting top seeded Green Bay in the Horizon tournament semifinals before going on to knock off Wright State on its home floor in the tournament championship.
Milwaukee lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Villanova, 73-53.