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By Kerry Close
March 17, 2016

March Madness is rife with surprises, but one statistic from the basketball tournament might especially shock you: the tidy sum that the nation’s top college coaches took home this season for each win.

A Marketwatch analysis of coaches’ salaries and the number of wins they’ve accumulated this season found that Mike Kryzyzweski, who coaches 4th-seeded Duke, is the most expensive manager of all the teams that qualified for this year’s NCAA tournament. Each win under Coach K cost the school more than $260,000. His victory premium was followed by that Kentucky’s coach, John Calipari, who cost the school about $244,000 for every W, and Kansas’s Bill Self, who ran the tournament favorite more than $165,000 for the team’s 30 wins this season.

The best value in college basketball is Nick McDevitt. With 22 wins and a salary of about $114,000, McDevitt’s cost the 15-seeded state school just $5,182 a game.

Here are the NCAA basketball coaches who take home the most money for each game they won during the regular season:

School (Seed) Head Coach Salary Pay Per Win
Duke (1) Mike Kryzyzweski $6.04 million $262,608
Kentucky (4) John Calipari $6.36 million $244,615
Kansas (1) Bill Self $4.96 million $165,333
Pittsburgh (10) Jamie Dixon $3.2 million $160,000
Michigan (11) John Beilein $3.37 million $153,182
Texas (6) Shaka Smart $2.8 million $140,000
Arizona (6) Sean Miller $3.48 million $139,200
Michigan State University (2) Tom Izzo $4.01 million $137,931
West Virginia University (3) Bob Huggins $3.27 million $136,250
Indiana (5) Tom Crean $3.05 million $122,000

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