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The 25 highest-paid coaches in NCAA basketball

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Are March Madness Pools Legal?

March Madness is in full swing with the Final Four set to go down this weekend -- which makes this a perfect time to remember that there is a ton of money at stake. Just not for the players, of course.

Forbes concluded last year that a trip to the Final Four is worth upwards of $8 million to a program. This surely factors in to new arenas worth hundreds of millions of dollars, athletic directors taking home six figures, and coaches' salaries continuing to rise each year.

Speaking of those coaches salaries -- here they are! The 25 most expensive ones in all of college basketball.

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25. Mike Anderson, Arkansas: $2,239,588

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24. Rick Barnes, Tennessee: $2,250,000

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23. Mark Turgeon, Maryland: $2,252,488

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22. Matt Painter, Purdue: $2,428,795

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21. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh: $2,445,682

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20. John Beilein, Michigan: $2,498,242

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19. Scott Drew, Baylor: $2,508,015

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18. Travis Ford, Oklahoma St: $2,625,000

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17. Steve Alford, UCLA: $2,630,000

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16. Josh Pastner, Memphis: $2,650,000

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15. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: $2,750,000

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14. Jay Wright, Villanova: $2,775,846

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13. Kevin Ollie, Connecticut: $2,800,000

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12. Shaka Smart, Texas: $2,800,000

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11. John Thompson III, Georgetown: $2,838,271

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10. Tom Crean, Indiana: $3,046,250

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9. Bob Huggins, West Virginia: $3,265,000

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8. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: $3,300,000

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7. Thad Matta, Ohio St: $3,372,000

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6. Sean Miller, Arizona: $3,484,500 

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5. Tom Izzo, Michigan St: $4,006,955

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4. Bill Self, Kansas: $4,955,186

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3. Rick Pitino, Louisville: $6,004,529

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2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: $6,043,979

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1. John Calipari, Kentucky: $6,356,756

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