The Kentucky Wildcats and Syracuse Orange have once again topped the college basketball attendance rankings. That’s 451 fewer on average compared to the previous season. This year, United Kingdom was chasing a ideal season up until the final weekend while Syracuse was in the midst of a year that would end with a postseason ban that kept them out of the NIT. In all, nine SEC schools were ranked in the top 50 for average home attendance with four among the top 25 (South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas A&M). The Hokies drew 933 more fans last season thanks to the renewed interest Buzz Williams has brought to Cassell Coliseum. En route to their second-straight undefeated season at home, South Carolina played in front of 10,000+ fans 13 times in 16 home dates. Before Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse joined the conference in 2013, the ACC ranked fifth among all conferences with an average attendance of 9,990.
The Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament ranked among the top-10 for highest average attendance during the 2014-15 Division I season according to the recently released NCAA attendance report.
That’s roughly identical to last year’s numbers – and down from the NCAA’s peak men’s hoops’ attendance of 33,396,316 (set in 2007-08).
The total (1,011,451) is the fourth best by any league in NCAA history and only the Big 12 has had more in a single season.
The A-1o, as a whole, ranked 10th among conferences with average attendance of 5,107.
It was also an improvement of 1,972 fans per game from the 2013-14 season – an increase good for third in the country, behind only NC State and Auburn.