March Madness does not officially begin until first-round games tip off this afternoon, but already we have a winner.
In what has become an annual -- and predictable -- result, the teams in the women's NCAA tournament outscore the men's postseason teams when it comes to classroom performance.
The programs in the women's field graduate an average of 90% of their players compared with 70% for the men, according to a study released Tuesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
The women's bracket includes 25 teams that have graduated 100% of their players in recent years; the men only 11. Among the women, there is a gap of six percentage points between the rate for whites and the rate for African Americans. For the men, that difference is 25 percentage points.