The 25 schools that make the most money in college basketball

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The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team has been wrecked with scandal recently, and even had to vacate its most recent title.

The good news for the Cardinals, however, is they are still the richest men’s college basketball program in the country. Based on the most recent data, the Cardinals have the highest revenue of any program in the country, and it is not even that close.

But Louisville isn’t the only scandal-ridden program raking in the money.

The Arizona Wildcats are also near the top. Their head coach, Sean Miller, was reportedly caught on an FBI wire tap discussing the $100,000 payment to secure the commitment from a top recruit.

Below is a closer look at the 25 richest programs in college basketball. Data comes courtesy of the Department of Education and USA Today.


25. University of Dayton — $14,031,059

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Fans of the Dayton Flyers cheering on their team.
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Joe Robbins/Stringer/Getty Images

3-year average men’s basketball revenue: $13,171,557

1-year change: +4.1%

5-year change: +30.2%

Total athlete department donations: Not available

Athletics licensing/rights fees: Not available

2016 expenses: $1,861,323

2016 profit: $12,169,736


24. University of Minnesota — $14,172,048

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Cheerleaders for the University of Minnesota basketball team.
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $13,216,981

1-year change: +12.6%

5-year change: -12.3%

Total athlete department donations:$15,250,676

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$51,849,920

2016 expenses: $2,048,303

2016 profit:$12,123,745


23. University of Florida — $14,200,425

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Former Florida player Canyon Barry.
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Mike Ehrmann/Getty

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $12,632,784

1-year change: +6.8%

5-year change: +39.4%

Total athlete department donations: $43,146,263

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$62,151,216

2016 expenses: $1,917,690

2016 profit: $12,282,735


22. Northwestern University — $14,581,162

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $14,591,646

1-year change: +3.1%

5-year change: +24.3%

Total athlete department donations: Not available

Athletics licensing/rights fees: Not available

2016 expenses: $1,816,709

2016 profit: $12,764,453


21. North Carolina State University — $14,611,434

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Fans of the N.C. State Wolfpack.

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $13,916,407

1-year change: +7.2%

5-year change: +14.5%

Total athlete department donations:$15,119,174

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$37,032,338

2016 expenses: $1,487,112

2016 profit: $13,124,322


20. University of Alabama — $15,003,656

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Alabama Crimson Tide basketball coach Avery Johnson instructing one of his players.
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Andy Lyons

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $14,076,857

1-year change: +3.9%

5-year change: +27.5%

Total athlete department donations: $29,651,491

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$66,253,910

2016 expenses: $1,831,200

2016 profit: $13,172,456


19. University of Illinois — $15,827,099

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Fans of the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team.
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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $16,774,156

1-year change: -5.1%

5-year change: -0.1%

Total athlete department donations:$28,531,388

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $44,433,775

2016 expenses: $1,308,101

2016 profit: $14,518,998


18. University of Arkansas — $16,332,876

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Arkansas Razorbacks basketball players in action.
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Mike Stobe/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $16,230,356

1-year change: 1.8%

5-year change: -1.8%

Total athlete department donations:$25,860,510

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $58,473,384

2016 expenses: $2,286,322

2016 profit: $14,046,554


17. University of Michigan — $16,913,194

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Moritz Wagner playing for the Michigan Wolverines basketball team.
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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $15,960,646

1-year change: +0.8%

5-year change: 71.2%

Total athlete department donations: $37,581,954

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $62,697,349

2016 expenses: $1,658,202

2016 profit:$15,254,992


16. Michigan State University — $17,548,611

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Michigan State Spartans basketball players celebrating.
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Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $17,674,958

1-year change: -0.5%

5-year change: -8.7%

Total athlete department donations: $30,441,924

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $53,914,039

2016 expenses: $2,577,865

2016 profit:$14,970,746


15. University of Texas —$17,567,914

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $17,409,933

1-year change: -2.3%

5-year change: -4.9%

Total athlete department donations:$42,159,118

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $75,014,854

2016 expenses: $2,993,873

2016 profit:$14,574,041


14. Georgetown University — $17,702,377

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NBA and Georgetown Hoyas legend Patrick Ewing getting introduced as the head basketball coach of his alma mater.
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Mitchell Layton

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $13,134,412

1-yearchange: 56.1%

5-year change: 76.8%

Total athlete department donations: tk tk tk

Athletics licensing/rights fees: tk tk tk

2016 expenses: $2,559,739

2016 profit: $15,142,638


13. University of Maryland — $17,741,322

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Rasheed Sulaimon of the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team.
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Rob Carr/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $17,202,172

1-year change: 3.5%

5-year change: 41.6%

Total athlete department donations:$13,676,004

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $46,175,076

2016 expenses: $1,371,837

2016 profit: $16,369,485


12. Ohio State University — $18,250,063

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Ohio State Buckeyes basketball player Trevor Thompson.
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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $20,727,836

1-year change: -8.2%

5-year change: -3.3%

Total athlete department donations: $33,138,103

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$60,429,212

2016 expenses: $1,835,458

2016 profit: $16,414,605


11. University of Kansas —$18,266,319

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The Kansas Jayhawks basketball head coach Bill Self coaching his team during a timeout.
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Wikimedia Commons

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $18,476,162

1-year change: 1.4%

5-year change: 11.1%

Total athlete department donations: $24,020,732

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $44,238,082

2016 expenses: $2,149,420

2016 profit: $16,116,899


10. University of Tennessee — $18,322,729

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Tennessee Volunteers basketball player Devon Baulkman.
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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $17,948,638

1-year change: -1.5%

5-year change: 26.2%

Total athlete department donations: $34,082,765

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $61,453,383

2016 expenses: $1,404,533

2016 profit:$16,918,196


9. Marquette University — $19,327,629

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Fans of the Marquette University Golden Eagles.
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Andy Lyons/Getty

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $17,656,689

1-year change: 5.6%

5-year change: 34.3%

Total athlete department donations: tk tk tk

Athletics licensing/rights fees: tk tk tk

2016 expenses: $4,368,873

2016 profit:$14,958,756


8. University of North Carolina — $21,408,475

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $21,174,115

1-year change: 0.3%

5-year change: -10.8%

Total athlete department donations:$22,926,465

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $33,669,653

2016 expenses: $1,895,969

2016 profit: $19,512,506


7. University of Wisconsin — $23,168,473

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Wisconsin Badgers basketball player Zak Showalter.
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Rob Carr/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $2,383,494

1-year change: 1.6%

5-year change: 35.1%

Total athlete department donations: $21,499,693

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $59,086,137

2016 expenses: $2,383,494

2016 profit:$20,784,979


6. University of Arizona — $23,434,825

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Current Arizona Wildcats basketball head coach Sean Miller.
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Christian Petersen/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $21,460,877

1-year change: 7.9%

5-year change: 15.2%

Total athlete department donations: $18,904,155

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $38,271,043

2016 expenses: $3,091,204

2016 profit:$20,343,621


5. Indiana University — $24,560,829

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Indiana Hoosiers basketball championship banners hanging in the rafters.
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santanartist via flickr

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $23,890,290

1-year change: 6.3%

5-year change: 36.9%

Total athlete department donations: $20,467,570

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $49,690,229

2016 expenses: $2,485,006

2016 profit:$22,075,823


4. University of Kentucky — $27,965,227

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball players celebrating a conference championship.
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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $26,629,669

1-year change: 2.7%

5-year change: 29.5%

Total athlete department donations: $25,039,404

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$65,400,012

2016 expenses: $2,798,158

2016 profit:$25,167,069


3. Syracuse University — $29,322,084

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The Carrier Dome is the home of the Syracuse Orange basketball team.

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $28,521,803

1-year change: 9.0%

5-year change: 13.3%

Total athlete department donations: $ million

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $ million

2016 expenses: $2,110,527

2016 profit:$27,211,557


2. Duke University — $34,398,285

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Iconic Duke Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $33,067,995

1-year change: 10.8%

5-year change: 34.0%

Total athlete department donations: $ million

Athletics licensing/rights fees: $ million

2016 expenses: $3,142,715

2016 profit:$31,255,570


1. University of Louisville —$43,960,492

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Fans of the Louisville Cardinals basketball team.
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Kevin C. Fox/Getty

3-year avg. men’s basketball revenue: $45,143,036

1-year change: -3.7%

5-year change: 3.6%

Total athlete department donations: $30,391,706

Athletics licensing/rights fees:$38,148,302

2016 expenses: $2,289,807

2016 profit:$41,670,685