Jun 19, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT
For just the second time in the last 19 years, Kentucky was not the program with the highest attendance in the country.
They finished second to Syracuse, who led the nation in home attendance for the first time since 2005 with an average of 26,253 fans. Kentucky was second with 22,964 fans per game. Louisville was the only other program that averaged more than 20,000 fans.
Other interesting attendance tidbits from the NCAA’s release:
- Five programs increased their attendance by more than 2,000 fans per game this season. Four are obvious: Nebraska, SMU, Florida-Gulf Coast and Virginia. The fifth? Syracuse.
- The Big Ten Conference broke its own conference attendance record by averaging 13,534 fans per game.
- More than 32 million fans attended college basketball games this season, which is actually the seventh-most in NCAA history.
- Maryland point guard Melo Trimble to return for sophomore season 1
- Frank Kaminsky, Jahlil Okafor highlight five Wooden Award finalists 3
- 2015 NCAA Tournament All-Second Weekend Team 2
- While a major question remains unanswered, No. 4 North Carolina can be special in 2015-16 3
- Tournament darling R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA 3
- Texas freshman Myles Turner declares for the NBA Draft 6
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane 24
- Andrew Harrison’s late free throws send No. 1 Kentucky to the Final Four (88)
- Kentucky responds to Daxter Miles Jr.’s pregame comments (30)
- Updated tournament records: Big Ten teams make up half of Final Four (27)
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane (24)
- Wisconsin vs. Kentucky: The Final Four rematch we deserved to see (22)