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WalletHub report shows Lexington is 8th best city for college basketball fans, 3rd among large cities


With March Madness just over a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its NCAA Tournament Fun Facts infographic as well as its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.

Lexington ranked eighth overall as the best city for college basketball, third among large cities. Lexington trailed only Los Angeles and Philadelphia among large cities. Overall, Chapel Hill (North Carolina), Durham (Duke) and Lawrence, KN (Kansas) were among the cities rated ahead of Lexington.

Louisville was No. 177 overall, behind cities like Cincinnati (19), Murray (33), Morehead (41), Nashville (43) and Richmond (Ky.) (71).

To find 2017’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on 291 U.S. cities using seven key metrics. They range from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.

You can find some highlights from both the report and the infographic here.

Lexington as a College Hoops Haven (1=Best, 146=Avg.):

6th – Winning Percentage
4th – Conference Championships
2nd – National Titles
21st – Social-Media Engagement
Lexington ranks 8th overall and 3rd among large cities.

March Madness Fun Facts

— $7.3 Million – Annual salary of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski (6X more than Duke’s president), making him the highest paid college basketball coach.

— 17X – Difference between the average NBA rookie’s salary ($1.99M) and the average value of a college basketball player’s tuition, room and board ($120K).

— $8.9 Billion – Estimated amount wagered illegally on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament.

— 3.5 Million – Extra barrels of American beer are produced each March.

— $66+ Million – Tournament’s impact on Dayton, Ohio’s economy since 2001.

To see all the stats and the full infographic, please visit this website.

From WalletHub Communications


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