Not surprisingly, Kansas led all Big 12 teams last season with an average attendance of 16,438 per game, the 10th best in the country. Iowa State drew the second-best attendance figures in the conference, averaging 13,393 per game, which ranked the Cyclones 22nd in college basketball attendance this past season.
The Kansas State Wildcats, conference co-champions along with Kansas last season, ranked third in the Big 12 last season in attendance and 24th in the nation, averaging 12.528 fans per home date. Oklahoma had the biggest improvement in attendance in the conference, averaging almost 1,400 more fans per game in 2012-13 than in the year before.
The top school in men’s basketball attendance last season was Kentucky, with an average fan attendance of 23,099. Syracuse averaged 22,439. Louisville 21,571, North Carolina 19,330 and Indiana finished fifth best at 17,412 per game
The Big 12 ranked as the fourth best conference in attendance last season. It is the fourth consecutive year the Big 12 has finished in the top four conferences in men’s basketball attendance. Based on overall attendance, the Big 12 ranked fifth with a total attendance of 1,821,229 last season.
The Big 12 has had at least nine teams ranked among the country’s top 75 in attendance for 12 consecutive seasons.
Here are how the Big 12 schools ranked nationally in 2012-13 men’s basketball attendance (top 100 only):
10. Kansas Jayhawks – 16,438 per game (Allen Fieldhouse)
22. Iowa State Cyclones – 13,393 (Hilton Coliseum)
24. Kansas State Wildcats – 12,528 (Bramlage Coliseum)
32. Texas Longhorns – 10, 945 (Frank Irwin Center)
41. Oklahoma Sooners – 9,890 (Lloyd Noble Center)
42. Oklahoma State Cowboys – 9,814 (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
49. West Virginia Mountaineers – 8,752 (WVU Coliseum)
59. Texas Tech Red Raiders – 7,772 (United Spirit Center)
75. Baylor Bears – 6,705 (Ferrell Center)