March Madness 2023 takes center stage with Selection Sunday, when teams across college basketball learn if they’ll earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
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Alabama clearly the favorite in South Region, but championship pedigree lurks
The South Region is loaded. It begins at the top with the overall highest seed, but if Alabama is to make its first Final Four in program history, it will have to navigate a bracket filled with lots of accomplished programs, including four programs with national championship banners hanging in their home arenas.
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Two of the three most recent NCAA champs are here, Baylor and Virginia. Arizona, a powerhouse of the ‘90’s, is back in the title hunt. Then there’s Maryland, which cut down the nets early this century and is hoping to make noise as one of the Big Ten’s numerous representatives in the field.
— Eddie Timanus
Defending-champion Kansas leads West Region
Good news for the Jayhawks – they wouldn’t have to play Texas again until the Final Four. Even better news – Kansas head coach Bill Self is expected to rejoin the team. He was discharged Sunday from the hospital, where he checked in Wednesday with chest tightness and balance problems.
The No. 2 seed, UCLA, enters the tournament with injury issues. If UCLA hadn’t lost defensive whiz Jaylen Clark to injury in the regular-season finale, there’s a good chance the the Bruins would have had a No. 1 seed and a path to the Final Four.
— Josh Peter
Purdue is No. 1 in East Region, but lots of contenders loom
Purdue is looking to advance to the Final Four for the first time under coach Matt Painter and the first time as a program since 1980. The Boilermakers are built around 7-foot-4 junior center Zach Edey, the favorite for national player of the year.
— Paul Myerberg
Texas A&M, Penn State have little time to bounce back
How can you not like a regional bracket that – if the seedings hold form – will have Texas meeting Texas A&M in the second round and wind its way to Houston and Texas playing for a spot in a Final Four being held in Houston?
The Texas A&M-Penn State game pairs teams that had great runs this weekend and have tremendous guard play; but both played Sunday and have to come back and play Thursday. (It also matches the sartorial splendiferousness of Aggies coach Buzz Williams and his suit vests against the quarter-zip-casual Micah Shrewsberry.)
— Steve Berkowitz
Alabama men a popular choice to win it all
Dick Vitale and Rece Davis were among the ESPN analysts to pick Alabama basketball to go all the way. Alabama is the No. 1 overall seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament.
Vitale predicted Alabama, Duke, Texas, and Gonzaga would reach the Final Four in Houston, with Alabama winning its first national title.
Davis, an Alabama graduate, also predicted the Crimson Tide would make the Final Four, alongside Duke, UConn, and Texas, with Alabama cutting down the nets. Analysts LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg agreed, both having the same Final Four and the Crimson Tide as their national champion.
— Mikey DiLullo, The Tuscaloosa News
South Carolina women get top seed overall
COLUMBIA, S.C. — There were no surprises for the South Carolina women’s basketball team as it watched the Selection Sunday show for its March Madness placement. As expected, the Gamecocks drew the top overall seed in the 2023 women’s NCAA Tournament.
The No. 1 Gamecocks (32-0) will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, facing Norfolk State (26-6) at Colonial Life Arena on Friday.
South Carolina enters March Madness undefeated for the first time in program history, and the team will look to become just the 10th women’s team in NCAA history to complete a perfect season. The Gamecocks also aim to defend their 2022 national championship. Just three programs — Southern California, Tennessee and UConn — have ever won consecutive titles.
— Emily Adams, Greenville News
Texas interim coach only focused on Colgate, not rival Texas A&M
The Texas men’s basketball team will compete in the Midwest region headlined by No. 1 seed Houston. But the region also includes No. 3 Xavier, No. 4 Indiana and No. 7 Texas A&M. If A&M beats Penn State and Texas handles Patriot League champion Colgate, then the Longhorns and Aggies would meet in the second round.
But Texas interim head coach Rodney Terry wasn’t interested in any possible theatrics with ancient rivals at Texas A&M, which will renew a conference rivalry with the Longhorns when Texas joins the SEC for the 2024-25 school year. He knows his squad could have their hands full with a dangerous Colgate team that likes to launch an array of 3-pointers – which is a recipe often use by underdogs in March Madness.
“Colgate will be on our minds, and that’s what we’re going to start working on,” he said Sunday. “Our staff will be working tirelessly on (studying) them starting here in a couple of hours. We’ll be digging into them; they’re a good team, a conference champion.”
Houston, powered by point guard Jamal Shead, earned the region’s top seed after going 31-3 and winning the regular-season title in the American Athletic Conference. They lost high-scoring guard Marcus Sasser to an injury during the tournament, and he did not play in Houston’s 75-65 loss to Memphis in the conference title game Sunday.
— Thomas Jones, Austin American-Statesman
Rutgers among top tournament snubs
A soft non-conference schedule and an injury to forward Mawot Mag likely cost the Rutgers men’s basketball team a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Mag went down with a torn ACL in early February. Rutgers was not the same team without him; the Scarlet Knights were 8-4 in the Big Ten at the time and went 2-6 for the rest of the regular season. The NCAA considers injuries when weighing the selection process, and selection committee chair Chris Reynolds referenced Mag’s injury while being interviewed on CBS after the bracket was unveiled.
Asked about Reynolds’ comment regarding Mag, coach Steve Pikiell said, “Again, you know they felt like our resume wasn’t good enough, but obviously that changed our team a little but. But I do think we did a lot this year; they’re supposed to look at our entire schedule, our entire body of work.”
Pikiell acknowledged his players’ disappointment and added, “every (projected) bracket kind of had them in. I’m sure they were seeing that.”
— Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press
Lots contenders here to make it to New York for the reginal final. Purdue won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament title but now must face the winner of either Memphis or Florida Atlantic. Not an easy task. Duke is also a dangerous team having run through the ACC tournament now that it is healthy. Getting a No. 5 seed, the Blue Devils get to face a struggling Tennessee in the second round if each advance. Kentucky and Providence – two teams previously coached by Rick Pitino – meet in what should be an entertaining opener. Marquette and Kansas State – the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds – both had surprising successes this year and could face off in Sweet 16.
In Columbus, Ohio
No. 1 Purdue (26-5)
No. 16 Texas Southern-Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 8 Memphis (26-8)
No. 9 Florida Atlantic (31-3)
In Orlando, Fla.
No. 5 Duke (26-8)
No. 12 Oral Roberts (30-4)
No. 4 Tennessee (22-10)
No. 13. Louisiana-Lafayette (26-7)
In Greensboro, N.C.
No. 6 Kentucky (21-11)
No. 11 Providence (21-11)
No. 3 Kansas State (23-9)
No. 14 Montana State (25-9)
In Columbus, Ohio
No. 7 Michigan State (19-12)
No. 10 Southern California (22-10)
No. 2 Marquette (28-6)
No. 15 Vermont (23-10)
So the Jayhawks don’t get to go to Kansas City and head west into a region with UCLA and Gonzaga. Shapes up as one of the best regionals to watch. Arkansas and Illinois will fight to play Kansas in the second round. Bill Self would face his former team if the Illini advance. Saint Mary’s and VCU should be an up-and-down gain with a classic 5-12 feel. Iona and Rick Pitino are capable of beating Connecticut in a home-state game. TCU – hurt by a loss to star Mike Miles – was only seeded sixth, but with Miles back are capable of making a run. Gonzaga and UCLA meeting in Las Vegas in the Sweet 16 would be a heck of a showdown.
In Des Moines, Iowa
No. 1 Kansas (27-7)
No. 16 Howard (22-12)
No. 8 Arkansas (20-13)
No. 9 Illinois (20-12)
In Albany, N.Y.
No. 5 Saint Mary’s (26-7)
No. 12 Virginia commonwealth (27-7)
No. 4 Connecticut (25-8)
No. 13 Iona (27-7)
No. 6 TCU (21-12)
No. 11 Arizona State/Nevada
No. 3 Gonzaga (28-5)
No. 14 Grand Canyon (24-11)
In Sacramento, Calif.
No. 7 Northwestern (21-11)
No. 10 Boise State (24-9)
No. 2 UCLA (29-5)
No. 15 UNC Asheville (27-7)
This looks like a very-balanced regional and could feature one of the best first-round games with Texas A&M and Penn State both coming off runs to their conference title games. Texas won the Big 12 tournament and will have a great opportunity to reach the regional final. They could face in-state rival Houston with a trip to the Final Four in … Houston. Xavier being seeded as high as a No. 3 even with a run to the Big East final. Kent State has a good chance to knock off Indiana in the first round.
In Birmingham, Ala.
No. 1 Houston (31-3)
No. 16 Northern Kentucky (22-12)
No. 8 Iowa (19-13)
No. 9 Auburn (20-12)
In Albany, N.Y.
No. 5 Miami (Fla.) (25-7)
No. 12 Drake (27-7)
No. 4 Indiana (22-11)
No. 13 Kent State (28-6)
In Greensboro, N.C.
No. 6 Iowa State (19-13)
No. 11 Mississippi State-Pittsburgh
No. 3 Xavier (25-9)
No. 14 Kennesaw State (26-8)
In Des Moines, Iowa
No. 7 Texas A&M (25-9)
No. 10 Penn State (22-13)
No. 2 Texas (26-8)
No. 15 Colgate (26-8)
The Crimson Tide leads the South Regional and gets to play through Louisville in the Sweet 16 if they get that far. Arizona and Baylor are two tough seeds lurking, however, in their path. The first-round matchup of San Diego State and College of Charleston should be a doozy. Nice regional rivalry in the 8-9 game featuring Maryland and West Virginia. Creighton could sleeper team to watch for if they can play as they did in the second half of the season.
In Birmingham, Ala.
No. 1 Alabama (29-5)
No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-Southeast Missouri State
No. 8 Maryland (21-12)
No. 9 West Virginia (19-14
No. 5 San Diego State (27-6)
No. 12 College of Charleston (31-3)
No. 4 Virginia (25-7)
No. 13 Furman (27-7)
No. 6 Creighton (21-12)
No. 11 North Carolina State (23-10)
No. 3 Baylor (22-10)
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (27-7)
In Sacramento, Calif.
No. 7 Missouri (24-9)
No. 10 Utah State (26-8)
No. 2 Arizona (28-6)
No. 15 Princeton (21-8)
Sunday, March 12, 2023. The men’s bracket reveal show begins at 6 p.m. ET and airs on CBS. The women’s bracket reveal show begins at 8 p.m. and airs on ESPN.
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What day does March Madness start?
Games for the men’s First Four are March 14-15. The women’s First Four will be played March 15-16. First-round games for the men are March 16-17 and March 17-18 for the women.
Here is the men’s schedule:
- First Four: March 14-15
- First round: March 16-17
- Second round: March 18-19
- Sweet 16: March 23-24
- Elite Eight: March 25-26
- Final Four: April 1
- National championship game: April 3
Here is the women’s schedule:
- First Four: March 15-16
- First round: March 17-18
- Second round: March 19-20
- Sweet 16: March 24-25
- Elite Eight: March 26-27
- Final Four: Friday, March 31
- National championship game: Sunday, April 2
For the men, CBS will air the Selection Sunday show, as well as the Final Four and the national championship game. TruTV will carry the First Four. CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV will air first- and second-round games. CBS and TBS will air Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games. CBS will air the men’s Final Four and championship game.
For the women, ESPN will air the Selection Sunday show. ESPN and ABC will carry the First Four. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews and ABC will air first- and second-round games. ESPN and ABC will air Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games. ABC will air the national championship game.
For the eighth consecutive year, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson will call the men’s Final Four and championship game. This will mark Nantz’s 32nd – and final – Final Four as lead play-by-play announcer. Nantz announced in October that he would be leaving the longtime role with CBS and Turner Sports to be with his family.
Jay Wright and Stan Van Gundy will join NCAA Tournament coverage as analysts. The network also tried in vain to get Dick Vitale to join its team. Vitale said he turned down the offer, in part, because of loyalty to ESPN, the network he has worked for since 1979.
Greg Gumbel will host studio coverage from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, joined by Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith as well as Wally Szczerbiak. Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from WBD Studios in Atlanta alongside Jay Wright, Candace Parker and Seth Davis. Additionally, Adam Zucker and Adam Lefkoe will also serve as hosts from New York and Atlanta, respectively.
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Memphis answers, pulls away to earn AAC title
Though Houston eventually cut the lead to five late in the second half, Memphis tightened up with half-court pressure to help its defense facilitate its offense. The Cougars took the American Athletic Conference championship, 75-65. Leading the charge was guard and Houston-native Kendric Davis, who has ignited for 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line.
With Cougars guard Marcus Sasser (groin) sidelined, Houston went to a short rotation, with only seven players hitting the floor. The offense was disjointed, despite the Cougars taking an overwhelming 21-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Houston shot only 31.3% (20-of-64) from the floor, though the Cougars still have a chance to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Purdue had outclassed Penn State in just about every major category. Still, the Nittany Lions nearly pulled off the miraculous comeback, scoring five points inside the final 20 seconds of the Big Ten tournament final to close the gap to one point. The Boilermakers, however, held on, 67-65, to win the conference title.
Penn State had no answer for Purdue center Zach Edey, whose 30-point, 13-rebound performance Sunday prevented the Nittany Lions from ever overcoming the steady deficit they faced throughout the game.
The Cougars have relied on a zone defense in the second half to smother Memphis, which started the period 1-of-8 from the field. Houston has started to have mid-range and three-point shots drop and started the second half on a 14-3 run.
The only thing that has allowed Memphis to retain its lead has been consistent shooting from the free-throw line, as Houston has fallen into foul trouble midway through the second half. The Tigers lead 55-48 with 11:07 left to play in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Penn State has struggled to find consistent offense throughout the Big 10 Tournament final and a large part of that has been because of the team’s inefficiency from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions have converted just 3-of-15 (20%) three-point attempts.
Coupled with Purdue’s absolute domination on the glass, where the Boilermakers have a 9:3 advantage on offensive rebounds, and Purdue has opened a comfortable 52-41 lead with 9:29 left to play in the game.
With guard Marcus Sasser apparently out for Houston the Cougars simply haven’t been able to sustain consistent offense in the American Athletic Conference tournament final. After keeping it close in the first 10 minutes of the game, Houston fell behind and is in danger of being blown out, as Memphis guard Kendric Davis went off for 20 points in the first half. At one point midway through the first half, Davis had scored as many points as Houston’s entire team had. The Tigers lead 46-31.
In the Big Ten tournament final, Purdue has opened a 35-27 lead on Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished the half strong, though no player has more points than Camren Wynter’s seven. Boilermaker center Zach Edey is dominating, scoring 15 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and collecting seven rebounds.
It has been a slow start for both Penn State and Purdue midway through the first half of the Big Ten Tournament championship, though the Nittany Lions, in particular, have struggled. Both teams have combined to go 10-of-30 (33.3%) from the field, with the Boilermakers taking a 13-6 lead with just fewer than 10 minutes to play in the period.
Even with Houston not starting star guard Marcus Sasser (groin), both the Cougars and Memphis have found a rhythm early in the American Athletic Conference championship game. The Tigers, however, are particularly on a roll, connecting on 11-of-20 (55%) shots with 6:25 left to play in the first half. The Cougars slowed a touch after their hot start, and have gone 6-of-21 (28.6%) from the field as Memphis has taken a 26-18 lead.
Sasser, who averaged 17.1 points per game this season, has yet to appear in the game.
Alabama made its strongest case yet for the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, crushing Texas A&M in an 82-63 victory in the SEC Tournament championship. The Crimson Tide excelled on help defense, hustle plays and rebounding, while holding the Aggies to 29.7% shooting (19-of-64).
Alabama outrebounded Texas A&M by a margin of 50-39. The Tide were led by forward Brandon Miller (23 points, 12 rebounds) and guard Jahvon Quinerly (22 points). Texas A&M never held a lead in the game.
This marks Alabama’s second SEC title in three seasons, and its 82 points were second most in program history in an SEC Tournament championship.
VCU cruised in the second half of the Atlantic 10 tournament championship, outscoring Dayton by 18 after halftime, en route to its 68-56 victory. The Flyers got a huge game from forward Daron Holmes II, who poured in half of Dayton’s scoring with a 28-point, 16-rebound day. And while fellow forward Mustapha Amzil scored another 17 points, that was where Dayton’s proficiency ended, as the next leading scorer, forward Toumani Camara, scored only six.
VCU put on a clinic from three-point range, connecting on a staggering 8-of-17 (47.1%) from beyond the arc to pull away and make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three seasons.
Alabama forward Brandon Miller has caught fire in the second half of the SEC Tournament final, chipping in 18 points and 12 rebounds so far as the Crimson Tide are extending their lead.
The Aggies, who have never won a men’s SEC Tournament championship, are looking like they will need to wait at least another season to do so. Guard Wade Taylor IV, the team’s leading scorer in the regular season, has started the game 0-of-8 and scored only two points midway through the second half. Forward Julius Marble, Texas A&M’s fourth-leading scorer, has been sidelined with foul trouble.
The Aggies trail 58-45, with 9:12 left to play.
Kentucky, in 2012, was the last SEC team to win it all.
SEC schools supplied five of the nation’s top 12 men’s basketball coaching salaries when this season began, in USA TODAY’s latest analysis. The salary list features a facelift this year after well-paid stalwarts Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Wright retired.
SEC basketball is on solid footing. The conference may tie its record with eight NCAA selections.
“I think we’re poised to have a team ascend to the top of the competitive mountain this year – and, if not this year, soon,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey told USA TODAY Sports.
In the past 10 tournaments, the SEC supplied six Final Four teams. That matches the Big 12 and Big East and ranks one shy of the ACC and Big Ten.
But, investment doesn’t ensure championships in a tournament celebrated for its madness.
Read the full look into the investment into SEC basketball here.
— Blake Toppmeyer
Tigers punch ticket to Big Dance
For the first time since 2017, Princeton is going to the men’s NCAA Tournament. The Tigers had four players reach double figures in a 74-65 victory over Yale Sunday in the Ivy League Tournament championship. Forward Tosan Evbuomwan led the way for Princeton, dropping 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
This marks the 26th trip to the tournament in program history.
The Crimson Tide defense showed up again and held Texas A&M to 20.7% shooting (6-for-29) and 23 points in the first half of the SEC Tournament final. In fact, because the Aggies are 10-of-12 from the line, they have scored just 13 points off of made field goals.
Alabama, meanwhile, has been efficient, scoring at a 40.7% clip. Forward Brandon Miller (eight points) and guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) have led the way for the Tide.
The Tigers opened the second half on a 14-8 run to extend their lead, but Yale has battled back to stay within striking distance. The problem for the Bulldogs is that time is running out. Princeton is holding a 55-48 lead with 7:47 left to play in the Ivy League final and the Tigers have done it behind forward Tosan Evbuomwan, whose 20 points (8-of-13 from the field) lead all players.
Princeton is looking to win its first Ivy League Tournament since 2017, the inaugural season of the championship.
A buzzer-beating three-pointer from Princeton forward Caden Pierce gave the Tigers a 33-29 lead heading into halftime. The Tigers got big first-half contributions from Pierce (eight points), forward Tosan Evbuomwan (10 points) and guard Matt Allocco (nine points), who combined for 27 of Princeton’s 33 (81.8%) points. Only five Princeton players, all of whom are starters, have scored points in the Ivy League Championship.
Yale, on the other hand, got a huge spark from reserve forward Matt Knowling, who scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench. That’s tied for the team high through the first half with fellow guard August Mahoney, who did so on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
How Mick Cronin went from being perceived as an underwhelming hire by UCLA almost four years ago to the coach who has revived the school’s basketball program is best illustrated by, well, a dog bone.
It measures two feet long.
It travels with the second-ranked Bruins.
It represents what Cronin has instilled in his players, who along with the dog bone are in Las Vegas this week competing for the Pac-12 tournament title and possibly a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“When they throw the food out at night from a restaurant, the law of the alley says that the hungry dog’s going to get the bone,’’ Cronin told USA TODAY Sports. “A hungry dog’s going to go fight and get the bone and take all of this clawing and scratching because he’s starving.
“That’s how you have to be as a team.’’
— Josh Peter
The Tigers did it on both ends to start the Ivy League Championship, scoring the game’s first 12 points a quarter of the way through the first half. But the Bulldogs got some defensive stops and then answered with an 11-point run over 3:35 of game time midway through the period. Though it looked like the final was setting up to be a game of runs, both squads settled and traded baskets.
Yale, which is looking for its third consecutive Ivy League Tournament championship, shot 8-of-22 (36.4%) from the field, while Princeton converted 8-of-20 (40%) baskets with 5:15 left to play in the first half. The Bulldogs scored nine points off the bench and are down 23-20.
This year’s men’s NCAA Tournament will have some solid representation from the nation’s second-biggest state.
Texas is expected to be home to more than 10% of the 68-team field with seven schools likely included when the committee’s bracket is unveiled. Texas, Texas Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each won automatic berths in their conference tournaments. Houston can be the fourth Sunday in the American Athletic title game against Memphis. Even if the No. 1 Cougars lose, they should be one of the top seeds along with other at-large entries from the Lone Star State — Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M.
Selection Sunday starts at 6 p.m. ET but we have plenty to work out before that — like who the No. 1 overall seed will be, and where they’re going to play. The overall No. 1 seed location will dictate where everyone else goes, and a lot can happen on championship Sunday, when conference tournament titles will be awarded in the SEC, Big Ten and AAC, among others.
A lot can happen between now and when the bracket goes from pencil to pen. But for now, these are Saturday’s winners and losers. Kansas might be kicking itself for a while after no-showing against the Longhorns, but a run to the Final Four will make everyone feel better and forget about this performance.
These are the winners and losers in men’s college basketball ahead of Selection Sunday.
— Lindsay Schnell
There are 32 conference tournaments that produce 32 automatic bids. The other 36 at-large teams selected to the field will be announced on Selection Sunday. Here is who has secured automatic bids.
- Alabama: SEC tournament champion
- Arizona: Pac-12 Conference tournament champion
- Charleston: Colonial Athletic Association tournament champion
- Colgate: Patriot League tournament champion
- Drake: Missouri Valley tournament champion
- Duke: ACC tournament champion
- Fairleigh Dickinson: Earns Northeast Conference bid due to title game opponent Merrimack’s ineligibility
- Florida Atlantic: Conference USA tournament champion
- Furman: Southern tournament champion
- Gonzaga: West Coast Conference tournament champion
- Grand Canyon: WAC tournament champion
- Howard: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament champion
- Iona: MAAC tournament champion
- Kennesaw State: Atlantic Sun tournament champion
- Kent State: MAC tournament champion
- Louisiana-Lafayette: Sun Belt tournament champion
- Marquette: Big East Conference tournament champion
- Memphis: American Athletic Conference tournament champion
- Montana State: Big Sky tournament champion
- North Carolina-Asheville: Big South tournament champion
- Northern Kentucky: Horizon League tournament champion
- Oral Roberts: Summit League tournament champion
- Princeton: Ivy League tournament champion
- Purdue: Big 10 tournament champion
- San Diego State: Mountain West Conference tournament champion
- Southeast Missouri State: Ohio Valley Conference tournament champion
- Texas: Big 12 Conference tournament champion
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: Southland Conference tournament champion
- Texas Southern: SWAC tournament champion
- UC Santa Barbara: Big West Conference tournament champion
- Vermont: America East tournament champion
- Virginia Commonwealth: Atlantic 10 tournament champion
Some of the most successful coaches in college basketball rank among the nation’s highest-paid, including Kansas coach Bill Self and Virginia’s Tony Bennett. But there are many more coaches struggling to match the expectations that come with a contract worth multiple millions in annual salary.
That includes the highest-paid coach in the sport, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who is earning $8.5 million in total compensation with a contract that runs through the 2028-29 season. After being knocked out in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have spent most of this season unranked and on the tournament bubble.
USA TODAY Sports compiled pay information from each school in the Power Five conferences and from each school outside those conferences whose team has appeared in at least three of the past five NCAA tournaments.
These are the five most overpaid coaches in men’s college basketball.
— Paul Myerberg