With March Madness starting Thursday, the personal-finance website WalletHub today 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 U.S. 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. You can find some highlights from both the report and the infographic below.

Best Cities for College Hoops FansWorst Cities for College Hoops Fans
1Chapel Hill, NC280Fairfax, VA
2Lawrence, KS281Jonesboro, AR
3Los Angeles, CA282Lynchburg, VA
4Durham, NC283Colorado Springs, CO
5Lexington, KY284Hackensack, NJ
6Philadelphia, PA285Riverside, CA
7Storrs, CT287Pocatello, ID
8Bloomington, IN287Clinton, SC
9East Lansing, MI288Daytona Beach, FL
10College Park, MD289New Britain, CT

To read the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:

March Madness Stats & Facts

  • $8.98 Million: 2018 salary for college basketball’s highest paid coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (vs. $1.4M combined for Duke’s president and the state’s governor)
  • $6.3 Billion: Corporate losses due to unproductive workers during March Madness
  • $10.4 Billion: Amount wagered on the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament ($10.1B illegally)
  • 18X: Difference between the average NBA rookie’s salary ($2.36M) and a D1 men’s basketball scholarship for a year ($130K)

To see all the stats and the full infographic, please visit:

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