By Jenna Mazel
PHOENIX – Just like any sports franchise, the NCAA is a business, but does a correlation exist between how much money a collegiate athletic department spends on a team and how far it goes in the postseason?
In the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the answer this season is “yes.” According to data collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis, when comparing all of the teams that made it to the Sweet 16, Baylor University, the University of Connecticut, the University of South Carolina and Stanford University had the highest expenses.
And three out of those four teams – UConn, South Carolina and Stanford – made it into the Final Four of the tournament.
Arizona, meanwhile, which plays top-seeded Connecticut tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, was the outlier, ranking 15th in expenses from the 16 schools.
Data is from the reporting period of July 2018 through June 2019, the most recent available.