While they aren’t mentioned too often during the NCAA tournament, conferences earn “units” based upon how far their members play into the 68-team event. Including the 2014 NCAA tournament each unit will be worth $255,379, and the money earned from those units tend to be distributed equally amongst conference members. So there isn’t a huge payoff for individual programs in this regard.
However schools can cash in from a publicity standpoint, with the success of their basketball team leading to increases in donations and college applications just to name two areas. And this can be especially important for schools who aren’t in the national spotlight as often as the most prestigious programs in college basketball.
One school that could see a boost as a result of its college basketball team’s deep run is Dayton, which reached the Elite Eight. According to a study done by the city, “the estimated publicity value for game play, television media, and social media is $72,660,482.”
The above video has a number just below the $72 million mark, but either way it’s evident that athletics have an impact on the way in which a school is perceived. This isn’t a foreign concept either, as schools such as Butler, VCU and Wichita State have benefitted from the extra attention that comes with a “Cinderella” run deep into the NCAA tournament.
The Dayton City Commissioners’ full report can be read here.
h/t CBS Sports
N.C. State, whose season has been something of a disaster to date, face a must-win game against Wake Forest in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon, and since nothing can be easy for Mark Gottfried’s club, they’ll have to find a way to win the game after their bus broke down en route to PNC Arena:
This is why you can’t have nice things, N.C. State.
The Atlantic 10 invades NBCSN and the NBC Sports app on Saturday with two games that will air as part of a doubleheader.
It starts with Fordham at UMass at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with Rhode Island heading to Duquesne at 2:30 p.m.
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During North Carolina’s blowout win over N.C. State on Jan. 8, the Tar Heels weren’t the only ones in the building who were feeling it.
As it turns out, North Carolina ball boy Asher Lucas was the hottest shooter of anyone in the building that night.
During halftime of that Jan. 8 game, Lucas nailed three consecutive halfcourt shots, as his father, Adam Lucas, a North Carolina columnist, released the video this week to YouTube. The video quickly went viral as Asher’s unreal streak of shots was all over TV and the Internet.
The Tar Heels have been struggling to find consistent perimeter shooting for the last few seasons, so maybe they need to start scouting Asher for a future roster spot.
Milwaukee picked up a Horizon League win on Friday night as guard Brock Stull knocked in a buzzer-beater to topple Cleveland State.
Stull only had four points on the night as he played 30 minutes and finished with five assists and six rebounds.
Oregon released a statement on Friday afternoon that said star forward Dillon Brooks had seen doctors and was in a walking boot, but gave no further update on his condition.
Brooks suffered what the program termed a “lower leg injury” on Thursday night against Cal. The injury was to his left leg – on replay, it looked like he rolled his ankle – which is concerning because his left foot is the foot that he injured over the summer, which caused him to miss the first three games of the season.
“He’ll be evaluated in the next couple of days and see where he’s at,” head coach Dana Altman said after Thursday’s game.