Every fan thinks their college town is the best. Whether it’s fond memories, great restaurants or awesome bars, there’s something about that particular city that has you believing it’s better than the rest.
But not all college towns are equal. And when it comes to March Madness and the NCAA Tournament, some are more enjoyable for college basketball fans to visit than others.
WalletHub has recently revealed its 2019 list for the “Best Cities for College Basketball Fans,” a study completed using several different metrics. Some of those metrics included number of teams per city, winning percentage, stadium capacity and social media engagement.
In total, nine metrics were used and more than 280 cities in the United States were considered.
Just one B1G city ranked in the top 10, which was East Lansing. The home of Michigan State ranked fourth on the list, coming in behind Lawrence, Kansas, Durham, N.C. and Los Angeles, Calif. Below is the full list of the top 10:
- Lawrence, Kansas
- Durham, North Carolina
- Los Angeles, California
- East Lansing, Michigan
- Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Storrs, Connecticut
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Fayette, Mississippi
- Loretta, Pennsylvania
Michigan State has always had a strong program under Tom Izzo and this year has been no different. The Spartans have spent a good chunk of the 2018-19 campaign ranked in the top 10, finished the regular season as B1G champions and earned the No. 1 seed in the B1G Tournament.
Star point guard Cassius Winston was also named the B1G Player of the Year and is up for the national award, as well.
So, if you’re looking for a B1G city to hit up during the NCAA Tournament this year, East Lansing appears to be the spot.