KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The entire basketball program at Wichita State runs on what Louisville coach Rick Pitino makes in a single year, with money left over to purchase plenty of trophy cases for Final Four hardware.
In an NCAA tournament driven by longshots and upsets, the Shockers are in many ways the oddball of the season's final weekend: They don't have a big-time football program like Syracuse, Michigan or the Cardinals, and they don't belong to a major conference that enjoys a weighty television contract.
Instead, the Shockers run their basketball program on a budget of just 3.1 million, which accounts for everything from coach Gregg Marshall's salary to a robust recruiting budget, all of the transportation to road games and everything else that comes with playing Division I sports.
Pitino, by comparison, makes 3.9 million in base salary alone.
But the fiscal disparity between the three big schools and a mid-major like Wichita State will hardly matter when the ball is tosse...