By Jack Barnes
With March Madness just over a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today 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.
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.
|Best Cities for College Hoops Fans||Worst Cities for College Hoops Fans|
|1||Chapel Hill, NC||282||Ithaca, NY|
|2||Los Angeles, CA||283||Poughkeepsie, NY|
|3||Durham, NC||284||Lynchburg, VA|
|4||Bloomington, IN||285||Riverside, CA|
|5||Philadelphia, PA||286||Hackensack, NJ|
|6||East Lansing, MI||287||Clinton, SC|
|7||Lawrence, KS||288||Daytona Beach, FL|
|8||Lexington, KY||289||Peoria, IL|
|9||Storrs, CT||290||Tampa, FL|
|10||Cullowhee, NC||291||New Britain, CT|
Best vs. Worst
- The Villanova Wildcats have the highest winning percentage among college basketball teams (88.15%), which is six times higher than the Grambling State Tigers, the losingest team (15.57%).
- Lexington, Ky. , has the most expensive season tickets, starting at $950, or 21 times more than a season of hoops in Hamilton, N.Y. ($45).
- 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 (116).
To read the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:
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