United Kingdom men led nation in average home attendance, women 14th


Missouri's women's program was lauded for notching the country's highest increase in average home attendance.

A total of 31,859,477 fans attended Divisions I, II and III college basketball games in 2016-17. United Kingdom was one of only three schools with at least 300,000 fans at its home games. Kentucky averaged 23,461 fans in its 17 home games.

In 2016-17 the Northern State University men brought in a total of 49,728 fans, averaging 3,552 per game. It was the second straight year NU has finished 11 nationally in attendance, and the Huskers have averaged at least 15,000 in each of the four seasons since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The high attendance numbers in large part can be attributed to one of the highest attended home games in program history in December.

Nebraska ranked 11th nationally in average attendance with an average of 15,427 fans per game, marking the fourth consecutive year NU has averaged over 15,000 fans per game.

The Big Ten recorded an average attendance of 12,235 patrons per game, including home games and all seven sessions of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Big Ten led all conferences with a home and conference tournament total of 3,119,823 fans, the third consecutive season eclipsing three million in total attendance. Kentucky had 13,225 fans in Rupp Arena on December 11 against Arizona State, which was the eighth-largest home crowd in program history. As a league the Northern Sun came in second behind the MIAA averaging 1,157 fans per game across the board.