KSU among national leaders in attendance

By The Mercury

Kansas State has ranked among the Top 35 in men’s basketball attendance for the seventh time in the last eight years, as the NCAA recently released its attendance figures for the 2013-14 season.

The Wildcats attracted 12,125 fans per game to 17 home games this past season to rank 29th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,437 fans, which placed ninth in the country, while Iowa State (14,192) also ranked in the Top 20 at No. 20. In all, nine Big 12 schools ranked among the Top 70.

The 12,125 average ranks eighth in school history with seven of the school’s Top 10 attendance averages coming since 2006-07. Overall, K-State drew 206,123 fans to its 17 home games in 2013-14, which marked the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans.

K-State has now placed among the Top 35 in national attendance 12 times since the rankings started in 1970.

Syracuse led the nation in attendance with an average of 26,253 fans per game, while Kentucky (22,964), Louisville (21,282), North Carolina (18,025) and Creighton (17,896) rounded out the Top 5.

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