NORTHRIDGE, Calif.–The Cal State Northridge men’s basketball team was banned for postseason play for the 2011-2012 season by the NCAA today because of poor academic performance over several years.

The team had a multi-year Academic Progress Rate of 871 for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Teams with a rate under 925 are subject to immediate penalties while those under 900 are subject to historical penalties.

This was the third time in four years the team has received historical penalties.

For the second consecutive season, the team will lose two scholarships and have its practice time reduced.

The ban will keep the Matadors out of the Big West Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament.

Cal State Northridge advanced to the semifinals in the conference tournament in March, losing to eventual champion UC Santa Barbara, 83-63, ending their season 14-18.

The Matadors last played in the NCAA tournament in 2009, when they had the lowest Academic Progress Rate among its 65 teams.

The university issued a statement today saying it has developed an Academic Progress Rate improvement plan, which includes increased monitoring for the men’s basketball program’s academic success, increased academic requirements for prospective student-athletes, increased availability of academic support through mentoring, tutoring and advising, improved guidelines
for athletic competition scheduling, including required same-day local travel to reduce missed class time.

The statement also said the team “exhibited significant improvements in overall (grade point average) for the fall 2010 semester and five of the six seniors from the 2009-2010 team received degrees.”