It’s the first Below the Box Score of 2017, so welcome back to everyone as baseball season has finally begun. Please note some season-starting data headaches from our provider show a few teams as having not hosted as many games as they actually have. It should be fixed going forward but there are a few games missing from this set. Our apologies. The highlights this week in the attendance front were that thirteen teams drew over 40,000 once this week, while nine already have drawn fewer than 20,000 fans to an individual game (Reds, White Sox, A’s, Rays, D-Backs, Orioles, Twins, […]

Below the Box Score: Welcome to 2017! Your Weekly Look ...


Baseball season is upon us, having snuck out of nowhere this year.  The longest of the professional sporting seasons of the four major sports leagues of the US, the MLB schedule requires significant amounts of travel for every team. In fact, 25 of the 30 teams in 2017 will travel more than the entire circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles)! How can I be sure? I did the math, using MLB’s 2017 schedule, a handful of assumptions, and a bit of time with my old pal Excel.  Here’s what I came up with. First, my assumptions: All miles given are statute […]

Which MLB Teams Will Fly The Most in 2017?


Conference tournament time! Full arenas? Not so much. Turns out, two conference tournament games couldn’t even get 1,000 folks to show up.  Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 2 (Season total: 675) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Lamar vs SE Louisiana – In the first round of the Southland tournament, Lamar faced the Lions of SE Louisiana with only 1,127 fans in Katy, TX, the neutral site home of the Southland tournament. Lamar ended up with the win 77-65. Lamar would only last another day before being eliminated. But anyway, here’s […]

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Attendance: Fun Belt? MACtion? No Thanks



It’s NCAA Tournament time, and while many of us are focused on the bracket, there’s a hidden behind-the-scenes major logistics operation going on as the NCAA charters basketball teams all around the country to partake in the big dance.   Before we get into the winners and losers, let me explain my methodology, because every year I have people ask about it even when I explain it in the article. Maybe putting it higher up will get people to read. I take the nearest commercial (or charter-sized, as is the case for Michigan and YIP) airport and use it as […]

The Road To The Championship: How Far Each 2017 NCAA ...


Ride that Wichita State seeding. Ride it hard. Both the Win and Points Rating agree that Wichita State is the easy favorite going into their matchup with Dayton, and could certainly shock Kentucky in the second round. Here are some quick hits on what the computers think about upsets going into the tournament, as well as some of the closest games. Later this week we’ll have the full AMSTS Computer Brackets! Win Rating says Points Rating Says 16 Seed Most Likely to Win Texas Southern (5% chance) NC Central (-19 points) 15 Seed Most Likely to Win Northern Kentucky (7% […]

The 2017 NCAA Tournament’s First Round Bracket Breakdown, According to ...


Not much shifting at the top end, with UK and UCLA switching spots, and Arizona up 2, while Duke climbs 6 to rejoin the Top 10. The bottom five had even less movement with nobody changing. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 19 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas Kentucky (+1) UCLA (-1) UNC Arizona (+2) Oregon Duke (+6) Louisville (-3) Division 1 Bottom 5: Alabama A&M NC A&T St. Francis (BKN) Florida A&M Arkansas-Pine Bluff Top gainers since last week: Marshall (+22) Kent State (+21) NC Central (+18) ECU (+14) North […]

Pre-Tournament AMSTS NCAA Basketball Rankings Are Out!



The Patriot League isn’t known for its arenas full of crazy fans, and for good reason. Last week, four of the five lowest attended games in all of Division 1 took place on Patriot League courts. Things weren’t too rosy in major conferences either though, with the most surprising attendance figure coming out of the state of Washington. The Cougars hosted the Huskies and only 5,003 folks showed up to watch the two rivals face-off. As for everyone in between? Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 21 (Season total: 673) Here are the 3 […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance Week 18: No Love For Pac 12 ...


Not much shifting at the top end, with UK and UNC switching spots, and Baylor rejoining the top ten. The bottom five had Alabama A&M returning to the bottom after NC A&T’s big win. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 18 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas UCLA Kentucky (+1) UNC (-1) Louisville Oregon Arizona (+1) Baylor (+3) Division 1 Bottom 5: Alabama A&M (-1) NC A&T (+1) St. Francis (BKN) Florida A&M (-1) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (-1) Top gainers since last week: The Citadel (+23) Milwaukee (+23) Youngstown State (+22) […]

AMSTS Week 18 NCAA Basketball Computer Rankings Are Out!


Not much shifting at the top end, but Louisville and Duke dropped after losses this week. On the bottom end, a shuffling puts NC A&T at the very bottom, dethroning Alabama A&M who had owned the bottom spot for a while. Central Michigan continued their slide, appearing in the biggest losers for he third straight week, having dropped over 65 spots in less than a month. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 16 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas UCLA (+1) UNC (+1) Kentucky (+1) Louisville […]

AMSTS NCAA College Basketball Week 17 Rankings Are Out!



South Carolina Upstate has the smallest arena in NCAA Division I men’s basketball with a capacity of 878. But this week’s bottom three attendance doesn’t involve the Spartans of USC-U, who drew 517 and 837 to their two games this week. With those totals, South Carolina Upstate outdrew two other South Carolina schools, whose game attendances would’ve fit into SC-Upstate’s arena with 100+ to spare. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 46 (Season total: 626) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Presbyterian vs Gardner-Webb – Only 409 showed up on Saturday, and it got […]

NCAA Basketball Week 16: Nobody in South Carolina Watches Basketball


Baylor plummets out of the top 10 with the loss at Texas Tech (and maybe the loss at KU a little bit). While on the bottom, local taco supporter St. Francis of Brooklyn joins the bottom five for the first time this season. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 16 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas (+1) Louisville (+1) UCLA (+2) UNC (+3) Kentucky (-1) Duke (+3) Florida (+3) Oregon (+4) Division 1 Bottom 5: Alabama A&M NC A&T Mississippi Valley State (-1) St. Francis (BKN) […]

AMSTS NCAA College Basketball Week 16 Rankings Are Out!


For the second straight week, the Purdue Boilermakers have sent home the highest number of disappointed fans. With last week’s win at Maryland and this week’s at Indiana, the Boilermakers have not been a welcome sight in the Big Ten. But on the bottom of the attendance, this week also had the first sub-300 attended game (and even sub-200!) in over a month. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 38 (Season total: 580) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. McNeese vs New Orleans – With only 375 folks in college basketball’s ugliest […]

NCAA Basketball Week 15: Only 200 Show Up For Game ...