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  • Big Ten, Kentucky Continue D-I Basketball Attendance Streaks; Creighton Up Big

    NCAA D-I men’s basketball teams averaged 4,994 fans per game during the regular season in ’11-12, down slightly from 5,025 fans per game last year, according to data from the NCAA. A record 338 teams participated in D-I this past season, drawing a total of 27.7 million fans for the fourth-highest total all-time. For the seventh straight season, and for the 16th time in 17 seasons, Kentucky led the nation in home attendance with an average of 23,721 fans per game. Either Kentucky or Syracuse, which ranked second, has led the nation in home average each of the past 36 seasons. The Big Ten also led all conferences in attendance for the 36th straight year, with its average up slightly from ’10-11. Five D-I teams saw gains of 2,000 fans per game, led by Creighton, which saw its average jump by 23.4%. The school ranked sixth among all D-I teams this past season after ranking 22nd last season. Listed below are the top D-I conferences in attendance from the ’11-12 regular season, along with the top schools in average attendance during the same period (THE DAILY).

    NCAA MEN'S D-I HOME BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE
    RK
    CONFERENCE
    TEAMS
    GMS
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    1
    Big Ten
    12
    222
    12,868
    12,826
    0.3%
    2
    SEC
    12
    215
    11,513
    11,187
    2.9%
    3
    Big 12
    10
    172
    11,057
    10,716
    3.2%
    4
    Big East
    16
    288
    10,881
    11,323
    -3.9%
    5
    ACC
    12
    209
    9,876
    10,266
    -3.8%
    6
    Mountain West
    8
    140
    7,800
    9,122
    -14.5%
    7
    Pac-12
    12
    221
    7,143
    7,808
    -8.5%
    8
    Missouri Valley
    10
    164
    7,064
    7,187
    -1.7%
    9
    Atlantic 10
    14
    218
    5,556
    5,249
    5.8%
    10
    C-USA
    12
    203
    5,428
    5,679
    -4.4%
    RK
    SCHOOL
    GMS
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    1
    Kentucky
    18
    23,721
    23,603
    0.5%
    15
    2
    Syracuse
    19
    23,618
    22,312
    5.9%
    19
    3
    Louisville
    20
    21,503
    21,832
    -1.5%
    21
    4
    North Carolina
    18
    20,159
    19,144
    5.3%
    15
    5
    Wisconsin
    18
    17,181
    17,230
    -0.3%
    16
    6
    Creighton
    16
    16,665
    13,507
    23.4%
    22
    7
    Tennessee
    19
    16,543
    18,952
    -12.7%
    18
    8
    Ohio State
    20
    16,511
    15,125
    9.2%
    20
    9
    Indiana
    19
    16,462
    15,259
    7.9%
    18
    10
    Kansas
    17
    16,445
    16,436
    0.1%
    18
    11
    Memphis
    20
    16,234
    16,768
    -3.2%
    19
    12
    BYU
    16
    15,424
    18,714
    -17.6%
    14
    13
    Marquette
    16
    15,138
    15,586
    -2.9%
    18
    14
    Illinois
    18
    14,986
    15,851
    -5.5%
    16
    15
    Michigan State
    18
    14,797
    14,797
    0.0%
    15

     

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