The NCAA has released its annual figures for men’s basketball attendance for the 2013-14 season. Three Big 12 schools are among the nation’s top 30 in attendance at college basketball games last season.
The Kansas Jayhawks, who play in historic Allen Fieldhouse, one of the oldest, loudest and largest arenas in college basketball, were No. 9 on the list, with an average attendance last season of 16,437. Iowa State ranked 20th. The average attendance at the Cyclones’ Hilton Coliseum last season was 14,192.
Kansas State came in at No. 29 on the list, with an average attendance of 12,125, at Bramlage Coliseum, also referred to around the Big 12 as the “Octagon of Doom.”
The Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys weren’t far behind K-State, ranking 34th and 37th, respectively, in basketball attendance last season. The Sooners, who surprised everybody with a second-place regular-season finish in the Big 12, averaged 10,968 in attendance. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State averaged 10,397.
Texas ranked 39th in average attendance at men’s basketball games. The Longhorns were at 10,186 in attendance.
The nation’s top team in attendance last season was Syracuse, which averaged 26,253 in the large Carrier Dome. The next four were Kentucky (26,253, Louisville (21,282), North Carolina (18,025) and Creighton (17,896).
Oklahoma ranked 14th for the largest year-over-year increase from the 2012-13 season. Average attendance at the Lloyd Noble Center increased from 9,890 in 2012-13 to 10,968 last season, an increase of 1,079 per game.