Study: Tourney teams show grad rate improvement

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The graduation rate disparity between African-American and white players at schools in this year's men's NCAA tournament decreased slightly after growing 10 percent over the previous three years.

An annual report by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released Monday shows African-American players' graduation rates increased from 59 percent to 60 percent in 2012, while white players' dropped from 91 percent to 88 percent. The racial gap was 22 percent in 2009.

The overall graduation rate for this year's tournament teams increased from 66 to 67 percent, and there was a 3 percent increase in teams graduating half their players.