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March 30th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

The Real March Madness

Just how far will a college go to win the NCAA tournament? For a few teams the Secretary of Education calls "bad apples," it may be too far. These schools are not putting true student athletes on the court.

A new study of graduation rates will show almost half of the African American student athletes who will play in the NCAA basketball tournament will not graduate. And at some schools, the graduation rate for basketball players -black and white- is abysmal.

At UConn for instance, over the last four years, an average of only 25% of its men's basketball players graduated and only 14% of its African American players got a degree. Kentucky had a 31% graduation average. At Syracuse it's just about half. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.

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