WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The NCAA announced its annual men’s basketball Division I attendance leaders this morning and Purdue was once again among the national leaders.
Purdue drew 216,553 fans for its 17 home dates for an average of 12,738 fans per home game in 2013-14, ranking 23rd nationally. Purdue has ranked no lower than 36th nationally in attendance in each of the last nine seasons.
Syracuse led the nation by averaging 26,253 fans per contest.
It marked the 45th time in 47 seasons that Purdue averaged at least 11,000 fans per game. In 47 seasons of play at Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers own a 559-132 (.809) record, including a 123-28 (.815) record in nine seasons under head coach Matt Painter.
For the 38th consecutive year, the Big Ten Conference the Big Ten led all conferences with an average attendance of 13,534, which is almost 3,000 more fans per game than the next-closest conference (ACC; 10,661).
In addition, the Big Ten Conference’s average eclipsed its own all-conference men’s basketball record of 13,449 in 1990. During Big Ten play, the conference eclipsed 1.5 million fans (1,513,266) for the first time in conference history, and averaged more than 14,000 fans per conference home game (14,012) for just the third time since at least the 1962-63 season.
Nine conference schools ranked in the nation’s top 25 in average attendance. Indiana led the Big Ten and ranked sixth nationally with an average of 17,359 fans per game. Wisconsin (17,104) ranked seventh, followed by No. 8 Ohio State (16,474), No. 13 Nebraska (15,419), No. 15 Illinois (15,246), No. 17 Iowa (14,976), No. 18 Michigan State (14,797), No. 23 Purdue (12,738) and No. 24 Michigan (12,698).