According to a study released Monday, Washington ranks near the bottom of the teams in the NCAA tournament when it comes to graduation rates.

The annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida ranked the schools in order and the five lowest graduation rates were Maryland (8 percent), California (20 percent), Washington (29 percent), Arkansas Pine Bluff (29 percent) and Tennessee (30 percent).

NCAA statistics were used in the study. The report measures six-year graduation rates for the freshman classes that entered college from the 1999-2000 through 2002-03 school years.

Marquette, UW's first-round opponent Thursday, was one of six schools with 100 percent graduation rates. The others were BYU, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest and...

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