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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%
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