The Wall Street Journal published the results of a study yesterday (4/2), showing the top 20 most valuable college basketball programs, as computed by a IUPUC finance prof. The studay shows what college basketball programs would be worth in the market if they operated for profit like NBA teams (or like Kentucky). UCLA shows up at number 17.
Looking through the top 20, there are 4 schools which have at least one losing season in the last 4 years-
Indiana, which has been reduced to a has-been from a national power;
Virginia and Wake Forest, which nibble around the edges and can't compete in the ACC against UNC and Duke;
The Pac-12 only has one other program in the top 20- Arizona at #5. And the Pac-12 has the 2nd lowest average valuation of the majors, only ahead of the SEC. And yet the Bruins can't win a single conference title in that 4 year span.
I really want the Bruins to get back to the glory days, and fast. But I fear that without regime change at Morgan Center, we are looking like the next Indiana.
As a side note, this shows again how DG is frittering away cash, while Block looks the other way. These results are from a finance prof, and are based on revenue, not wins and losses. The top 4 in the study are Louisville, Kansas, Indiana (despite their record, the fans still show) and Ohio State. Meanwhile, Ben Howland's program results in empty seats, and money left on the table.