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92 Days to B1G Basketball: Big Ten Leads Nation in Attendance for 41st Straight Year

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The Big Ten topped every other conference in attendance, including the likes of the SEC and Big East.

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Today’s countdown post is going to be a short one, thanks to the joys of waking up at 3 AM for work, but it’s about some serious Big Ten bragging rights.

The attendance numbers for this past season have hit and the Big Ten averaged 12,235 people per game throughout the season. Not only was that number enough to put the Big Ten as the top conference in the country, but it’s also the 41st year in a row that the Big Ten has led the nation in attendance.

All together the Big Ten ended up with an attendance of 3,119,823 for the league’s home and conference tournament games, once again reaching more than three million for the third year in a row. Of that 3.1 million number, 1,628,102 people attended conference games.

The only three conferences this past season to average more than 11,000 fans per game were the Big Ten, ACC and SEC, with three ACC teams (Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina) making up the top five and Kentucky posting the highest average attendance.

11 of the conference’s 14 teams made the top 40 in attendance, with their numbers below:

  • Wisconsin 17,286 (6th)
  • Maryland 16,628 (7th)
  • Indiana 16,363 (9th)
  • Nebraska 15,427 (11th)
  • Michigan State 14,797 (13th)
  • Purdue 13,819 (18th)
  • Iowa 12,547 (23rd)
  • Ohio State 12,324 (24th)
  • Illinois 11,381 (30th)
  • Michigan 11,121 (33rd)
  • Minnesota 10,308 (37th)

Of the three Big Ten teams that missed the top 40, you can see their numbers and rankings below:

  • Northwestern 7,009 (74th)
  • Penn State 6,991 (75th)
  • Rutgers 4,679 (only the top 100 teams were ranked)

If you want to look at the complete set of numbers, the NCAA posted a handy PDF with attendance numbers for all of the teams across the nation. You can read it here.