The NCAA's new academic requirements could give new meaning to the madness of March.
On Wednesday, three-time national champion Connecticut and nine other men's basketball teams were banned from the NCAA tournament because of poor Academic Progress Rate scores.
The penalties affect seven conferences, each of which must adapt to a new landscape for their league tournaments. The Big East, Big West, Ohio Valley, Southland and Southwest Athletic conferences have said the banned teams cannot compete in their league tournaments.
''We'll have to adjust the bracket accordingly,'' Big East associate commissioner for men's basketball Dan Gavitt said Wednesday. ''We would accommodate it in such a way that it would work. We would just have to eliminate a game and move someone up on the line.''
Joining the Huskies on the sideline next March will be Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California-Riverside, Cal State Bakersfield, Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina-Wilmington, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Toledo and Towson.
Cal State Bakersfield, which became a full-fledged Division I member in 2010-11 and doesn't have a conference affiliation in basketball, could still be removed from the banned list because some of the school's data is still being reviewed.
Each of the record 10 schools fell below the mandated four-year cutline of 900 or the two-year cutline of 930 and will face additional sanctions. UConn, which had a four-year score of 889 and a two-year score of 902, must replace four hours of practice time with academic activities each week.
The APR measures the classroom performance of every Division I team. This year's data calculates rates from 2007-08 through 2010-11.
Some schools, such as Arkansas' men's basketball team, avoided penalties on the four-year score (894) because it met the two-year requirement. One team, Jacksonville State, was punished for failing to meet the requirements it agreed to last year when it was given a waiver, the NCAA said on a conference call with reporters.