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K-State ranks among leaders in attendance

By The Mercury

Kansas State ranked among the Top 25 in men’s basketball attendance for the second consecutive season, as the NCAA released its attendance figures for last season on Wednesday.

The Wildcats had 12,528 fans per game in 18 home games this past season to rank 24th nationally and third in the Big 12. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,438 fans, which placed 10th in the country.

Iowa State (13,393) was just ahead of K-State at No. 22.

It was K-State’s best attendance ranking since placing 21st in 1988-89 with an average of 12,601 per game. The school has also ranked among the nation’s Top 35 in average attendance five times in the last seven years, including No. 25 in 2007-08 (12,529), 26th in both 2006-07 (12,301) and 2010-11 (12,652) and 31st in 2009-10 (11,884).

The 12,528 average ranks fifth in school history with four of the school’s Top 5 attendance averages coming in the last six years.

Overall, K-State drew 225,503 fans to its 18 home games in 2012-13, which marked the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans. The total attendance figure included the Dec. 22 game against Florida, which drew 16,303 fans for the Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., since the department controlled all the ticket and event operations. The 225,503 attendance total is second-best in school history.

In all, the school ranked 24th nationally in overall game attendance with 434,017 fans coming to 35 contests. The figure ranked third in the Big 12 behind Kansas (fifth, 596,905) and Iowa State (23rd, 438,919).

The Wildcats continue to possess one of the top home atmospheres in the country as Bramlage Coliseum has been sold out each of the past three seasons, as K-State is one of just 13 schools nationally to draw more than 12,000 in paid attendance for every regular season home game over the last three seasons.

Kentucky led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season with an average attendance of 23,099.

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