The previous winners predicted by Inside Higher Ed's perennial Academic Performance Tournament bracket have historically flamed out in a relatively early round, given that they were required to advance through the real NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament on the basis of their on-the-court skill, not how the teams have performed on the Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA's main measure of teams' academic success, as in our version of the tourney. But when the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Tar Heels overwhelmed Michigan State University to win the national championship last night, they also set a tough precedent for us to match in future years.
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