NCAA Basketball men's attendance figures: St. John's steady, Big East numbers

According to the NCAA's home attendance figures by Division, conference, and by top-100 programs by average attendance. St. John's maintained a spot in the mid-50s, at 54th this season.

Last season, the Red Storm enjoyed the fourth-largest year to year increase in attendance, as the team introduced new coach Steve Lavin and the senior class finished their careers with a sterling Big East season. Despite the youth of the team and lack of wins, the program's average attendance changed by 3 attendees this season, from 8,431 in 2011 to 8,428 this season.

The Big East as a whole declined in average attendance, from 11,323 per game to 10,881 per game this season; sharp attendance declines at West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Villanova played a part, and were not offset by increases at programs such as Cincinnati.

The Big East Tournament bested the previous year's average attendance, increasing from 19,375 to 20,057 - the event continues to draw huge crowds to the Garden even with the leagues traditional powers on the sidelines.

A few things remain constant in college basketball - Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, and Syracuse draw crowds. For the second year in a row, those four teams topped the NCAA basketball attendance charts. For the past five years those four schools have been in the top-5. Wisconsin was fifth this year, knocking off rebuilding Tennessee (seventh).

Surprisingly, Creighton was the sixth-highest men's basketball program in annual attendance.

The Big East programs attendance, with the future Big East members added (in red). South Florida didn't crack the top-100; neither did Southern Methodist or Houston. See the table, below the fold.

2012 Division-I Men's Basketball Home Attendance Team Leaders
BE Rank
Nat'l Rank
School Games Attendance 2012 Average 2011 Avg
1
2
Syracuse 19 448,736 23,618 22,312
2
3
Louisville 20 430,052 21,503 21,832
3
11
Memphis 20 324,670 16,234 16,768
4
13
Marquette 16 242,205 15,138 15,586
5
26
Connecticut 17 214,873 12,640 11,569
6
35
Georgetown 16 180,530 11,283 12,675
7
41
West Virginia 16 158,887 9,930 11,529
8
44
Villanova 15 133,839 8,923 10,511
9
46
Pittsburgh 22 193,616 8,801 10,843
10
54
St. John's (NY) 20 168,560 8,428 8,431
11
58
Temple 13 106,143 8,165 5,925
12
59
Cincinnati 18 145,235 8,069 7,344
13
61
Notre Dame 17 135,975 7,999 7,785
14
63
Providence 17 134,007 7,883 7,043
15
67
DePaul 16 123,832 7,740 7,676
16
76
Seton Hall 18 124,935 6,941 7,937
17
92
UCF 17 97,297 5,723 6,370
18
98
Rutgers 18 96,511 5,362 5,602

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