Kentucky Wildcats Make the Grade

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It was a banner year for many of the Kentucky Wildcats athletic programs, highlighted by record-setting seasons by baseball team, women’s basketball team, and the eighth national championship by the men’s basketball team. The Cats did just as well in the classroom, posting a 3.03 GPA for the fall semester, including a 3.066 GPA by men’s basketball.

Here’s a full list of team GPAs:

 

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart on this accomplishment:

I see how hard our student-athletes work every day and this is the result. I am proud of the commitment our young people and coaches have made to academics. Education is one of the pillars of our program and I want to thank CATS and our entire support staff for taking that to heart.

 

Nerlens Noel has lived up to the hype of being the #1 overall recruit coming out of high school, as he’s notched 39 blocks through his first 10 games, just five behind Anthony Davis’ total through his first 10 games, and is currently on pace to finish the regular season with 121 blocks, which be second all-time in a single-season at UK behind only Davis.

Even more astonishing is Noel, a 6’10” center, also has 28 steals in his first 10 games, a rate of 2.8 steals-per-game. If he finishes the 2012-13 season at that pace, he would break former UK point guard Rajon Rondo ‘s single-season school record of 87.

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