depending on where you live, college basketball may have even more draw than the professional level does. For example, the most profitable team, the Louisville Cardinals, is worth an astounding $43.9 million. But the sport is about much more than the money; it’s about the players and the entertainment value. Which cities provide the most exciting teams to root for?
That’s a tough question to answer, as each city has its own unique basketball history and charm. Graduates also tend to favor their alma mater, while others may have an understandable loyalty to their hometown.
To find 2019’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.
Best College Basketball Cities 2019
10. Loretto, PA
Loretto is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,302. Like the rest of Cambria County, it is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania
9. Fayette, MS
Fayette is a city in Jefferson County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,614 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.
8. Lexington, KY
Lexington is a city in Kentucky. It’s known for horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks like Keeneland. The Kentucky Horse Park features the International Museum of the Horse, the Hall of Champions and many equine breeds.
7. Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites.
6. Storrs, CT
Storrs is a village and census-designated place in the town of Mansfield within eastern Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 15,344 at the 2010 census.
5. Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill is a town in North Carolina. It’s home to a campus of the University of North Carolina, which is known for its basketball team. The Ackland Art Museum exhibits European and Asian art.
4. East Lansing, MI
East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census.
3. Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours.
2. Durham, NC
Durham is a city in North Carolina. It’s part of the Research Triangle Region, known for its technology companies and scholarly institutions. On the Duke University campus are the neo-Gothic Duke Chapel and the Nasher Museum of Art,
1. Lawrence, KS
Lawrence is a city in northeast Kansas. On the University of Kansas campus, the Spencer Museum of Art has a large collection of contemporary and indigenous art. The KU Natural History Museum has dinosaur fossils,