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Thursday’s Arizin: Villanova is good for busine$$ (Sept. 15)

Unsurprisingly, the ‘Cats are good for business, but when stacked up to other programs, they’re providing a lot more bang for their buck.

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A couple of cool graphs made their rounds on Twitter on Wednesday, and when Jon Rothstein says Villanova is a Fortune 500 company, he might actually not be far off. According to these graphs, the ‘Cats are providing a lot of return on investment.

You may need to click on the graphic on the tweet to see the two full graphs, the top one showing cost-per-win over the last five years — the notable takeaway is to pour one out for Georgetown, who’s dropped a whopping $1.1 million per win over the last five years, and is well below the rest of the pack — and the bottom graph looks at NCAA Tournament wins compared to program expenses from 2013-22, and the ‘Cats are performing very highly on that front. It’s also interesting to see who’s in similar company, and which ones are performing below expectations.

A pretty cool numbers dive, and you didn’t even need to read a full article for it! But, this is the Sun’s Arizin, and here’s your dose of daily links:

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