The Great NCAA Basketball Debate: March Madness and Academics

Let’s focus for a moment on a fitting sports bar debate: students or athletes first?


Can we take a break from healthcare, financial reform, jobs, interest rates, and Iraq for just a moment and focus on a fitting sports bar debate? Read our "Two Takes," and then weigh in on the question: Should poor academic performance by players keep schools from competing in the college basketball playoffs? Professionalization of college sports is not a new issue, but after years of trying to do better, we seem to have slipped, with many schools graduating very few players. Does it matter? Who gets hurt? Give me your thoughts at Then, take a look at our own bracketology comparing tournament seeds with their U.S. News ranking, and see who wins the sports-and-scholars derby.

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