March Madness is a week away! Brackets, skipping work and classes to catch games! Crazy side bets, ridiculous upsets, and more! But where are the best cities to live in if you're a college hoops fan? Did East Lansing show up?


With March Madness just over a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its NCAA Tournament Stats & Facts infographic as well as its report on 2018’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.

To find 2018’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 280  cities using nine key metrics. They range from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.

Best Cities for College Hoops Fans Worst Cities for College Hoops Fans
1 Chapel Hill, NC 280 Fairfax, VA
2 Lawrence, KS 281 Jonesboro, AR
3 Los Angeles, CA 282 Lynchburg, VA
4 Durham, NC 283 Colorado Springs, CO
5 Lexington, KY 284 Hackensack, NJ
6 Philadelphia, PA 285 Riverside, CA
7 Storrs, CT 287 Pocatello, ID
8 Bloomington, IN 287 Clinton, SC
9 East Lansing, MI 288 Daytona Beach, FL
10 College Park, MD 289 New Britain, CT

Best vs. Worst

  • The Villanova Wildcats have the highest current winning percentage among college basketball teams, 89.35%, which is 5.3 times higher than the Central Connecticut Blue Devils, the team with the lowest at 16.87%.
  • Hamilton, New York, has the least expensive season tickets, starting at $45, 24.4 times less than a season of hoops in Lexington, Kentucky ($1,100).
  • Thanks to John Wooden and UCLA, Los Angeles is home to the country’s most national championship banners (11), while Philadelphia has the most regular season titles(105).

To read the full report CLICK HERE


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