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  • NCAA D-I Basketball Attendance Down Slightly; Kentucky Tops For Sixth Straight Year

    Division I men's basketball teams averaged 5,025 fans per game at home this past season, down slightly compared to last year's average of 5,038, according to data from the NCAA. It marks the fourth consecutive year that attendance has seen a decline for D-I teams. Attendance for neutral site games, conference tournament games and NCAA tournament contests are excluded from the figures. The Big Ten led all conferences in attendance for the 35th straight year with 12,826 fans per game, up slightly from last season. The Mountain West set a conference record with 9,122 fans per game, which ranked sixth overall. Other conferences setting attendance records were the WCC, MEAC and Northeast Conference.

    NCAA D-I BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE TREND
    SEASON
    TEAMS
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    '11
    335
    5,004
    25,147,122
    5,025
    '10
    334
    4,995
    25,164,431
    5,038
    '09
    330
    4,895
    25,378,235
    5,185
    '08
    328
    4,844
    25,793,112
    5,325
    '07
    325
    4,735
    25,224,121
    5,327
    '06
    326
    4,515
    23,466,802
    5,198
    '05
    326
    4,531
    23,084,594
    5,095
    '04
    326
    4,473
    23,052,946
    5,154
    '03
    325
    4,437
    22,737,432
    5,125
    '02
    321
    4,357
    22,016,723
    5,053
             
    TOP 10 D-I CONFERENCES FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE
    RANK
    CONFERENCE
    TEAMS
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    1
    Big Ten
    11
    193
    2,475,440
    12,826
    2
    Big East
    16
    280
    3,170,540
    11,323
    3
    SEC
    12
    216
    2,416,498
    11,187
    4
    Big 12
    12
    221
    2,368,326
    10,716
    5
    ACC
    12
    206
    2,114,779
    10,266
    6
    Mountain West
    9
    145
    1,322,705
    9,122
    7
    Pac-10
    10
    179
    1,397,629
    7,808
    8
    Missouri Valley
    10
    174
    1,250,537
    7,187
    9
    C-USA
    12
    212
    1,204,027
    5,679
    10
    Atlantic 10
    14
    224
    1,175,713
    5,249

    MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME: The Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball program finished with 23,603 fans per game at Rupp Arena this past season, marking the sixth straight year the school has led D-I. Kentucky has now been No. 1 in attendance for 15 of the last 16 seasons. BYU finished sixth this season with 18,714 fans per game. That figure is up from 14,029 fans per game last season, marking the biggest per-game increase among D-I teams. San Diego State, which ranked 30th in attendance, saw the second-best increase, while Louisville saw the third-best increase during its first season at KFC Yum! Center.

    TOP 15 SCHOOLS FOR NCAA MEN'S D-I HOME BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE
    RANK
    SCHOOL
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    1
    Kentucky
    15
    354,046
    23,603
    2
    Syracuse
    19
    423,924
    22,312
    3
    Louisville
    21
    458,463
    21,832
    4
    North Carolina
    15
    287,155
    19,144
    5
    Tennessee
    18
    341,130
    18,952
    6
    BYU
    14
    261,989
    18,714
    7
    Wisconsin
    16
    275,680
    17,230
    8
    Memphis
    19
    318,601
    16,768
    9
    Kansas
    18
    295,856
    16,436
    10
    Illinois
    16
    253,623
    15,851
    11
    Marquette
    18
    280,545
    15,586
    12
    Indiana
    18
    274,663
    15,259
    13
    Ohio State
    20
    302,498
    15,125
    14
    Maryland
    18
    268,380
    14,910
    15
    Michigan State
    15
    221,955
    14,797

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