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Connecticut cities among the worst in the country for basketball fans

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Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus. (Wikicommons photo) Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus. (Wikicommons photo)
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Several Connecticut cities ranked towards the bottom end of a national list that ranked the best and worst places for basketball fans.

The personal finance website WalletHub.com released its "2016's best and worst cities for basketball fans" list on Monday.

The site compared 297 of the country's largest cities across 18 metrics that ranged from the performance of each city's NBA and NCAA Division I basketball teams to ticket prices and stadium accessibility.

New Britain, home of Central Connecticut State University, cracked the top 10 worst, according to researchers. It ranked 293rd  with a "teams and performance rank" of 272 and a "cost and fan engagement rank" of 288.

CCSU's men's team finished with a dismal record of 4 wins and 25 losses. It's women's team was a little better at 12-18.

Just missing the top 10 was Hamden, which plays host to Quinnipiac University. The women's team was 24-8 on the year and lost to Iona in the MAAC tournament finals. Its men's team, however, was 9-21 this past season. 

Also finishing toward the back end of the list was New Haven and Yale University at 268.

In the middle of the pack was Hartford at 189 and Fairfield at 179.

Storrs, home of the University of Connecticut, was towards the front of the list at 105. Its "teams and performance rank" was 33; however, its "cost and fan engagement rank" was 228.

Both of the school's teams took home American Athletic Conference tournament wins.

The worst city on the list was Clinton, SC at 297.

Los Angeles, Boston and San Antonio, homes of the Lakers (and Clippers), Celtics and Spurs, respectively, finished first, second and third.

To see the complete study, click here.

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