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All this week, Page 2 looks at the athletic world the way financial analysts look at corporations. Which teams are maximizing their returns? Which clubs are woefully inefficient?
In short, who's getting the biggest -- and smallest -- bang for their bucks?
To answer the above, we're comparing teams by a simple, bottom-line metric: Player payroll dollars spent per regular-season victory. Using the most recent and accurate salary figures available, we're also examining which clubs have been penny-wise and which have been pound-foolish.
Monday: NFL | Tuesday: NBA | Wednesday: MLB
Thursday: NHL | Friday: College football | Friday: College basketball
Below, Page 2 concludes its series by looking at the final pre-NCAA tournament Top 25 men's college basketball teams. We used the most recent athletic department budget information provided by the Department of Education's online Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool to analyze the 2009-10 season.
Note: College basketball Top 25 determined by ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Fun fact: Lost in NCAA Sweet 16 to Michigan State, which spent roughly $6 million more on its basketball budget.
Fun fact: School reportedly expects current basketball revenue to offset athletic program debt due to football losses.
Fun fact: Temple's basketball program did not turn a profit.
Fun fact: School's athletic department spent $73,087 on recruiting men's athletes for all sports; NCAA title game opponent Duke spent $923,539 on the same.
Fun fact: Total basketball budget is less than reported salaries of Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari.
Fun fact: National champion spent more on basketball than 12 BCS conference schools spent on football.
Fun fact: Wildcats spent $660 on basketball per every undergraduate student -- far less than Duke ($1,192).
Fun fact: Though Tom Izzo is school's highest-paid coach, football team's profit ($26.99 million) dwarfed that of basketball team ($7.89 million).
Fun fact: Coach Bill Self reportedly earned almost $3.4 million.
Fun fact: Game-day operating costs ($1.23 million) were significantly less than those of Big Ten rival Michigan State ($2.03 million).
Patrick Hruby is a freelance writer and ESPN.com contributor. Contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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