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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|