PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – For the third time in four years, the Pitt men’s basketball program received public recognition from the NCAA for ranking among the nation’s top 10 percent of all 351 men’s basketball teams based on its Academic Progress Rate.

The honor takes into account academic progress, as well as graduation and retention rates over a four-year period between the 2009-10 and 2012-13 academic years.

Pitt is one of four ACC men’s basketball programs to earn the honor this year along with Duke, Miami and Notre Dame, while only Pitt, Duke and Notre Dame have earned the honor in at least three of the last four years.

In a press release issued from the university, Athletic Director Steve Pederson had this to say about the accomplishment:

“Jamie Dixon continues to prove that you can have one of the top basketball programs in the country and still achieve the highest levels of academic success. We are fortunate to have a gentleman leading our basketball program who personifies the ideals of this great University.”

Under Head Coach Jamie Dixon, the Pitt basketball program has consistently ranked among the best ACC and Big East team performers in the APR.

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