Study ranks best and worst cities for college basketball fans


The Final Four of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament wraps up Saturday night in New Orleans with the Duke Bluebloods, North Carolina, Kansas and Villanova squaring off to see who advances to the national championship game. These schools are followed by rabid fanbases in cities ranked among the most basketball-crazed in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub, which ranked the best and worst cities in the sport.

Nearly 300 cities that included at least one Division I program were scored in this analytical formula using nine different measures, each scored on a 100-point scale. A score of 100 equates to the maximum favorable conditions for a college basketball fan and some of the metrics include a fan engagement scale, home team performance level, and championships won.

Many top 10 cities are used to championship parades and title banners hanging from the rafters of their respective universities. When it comes to the last 10, college basketball is on the back burner.

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Here’s a rundown of the 20 best and worst cities for college basketball fans:

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