Week 4 NCAA Basketball Attendance: Neutral Site Attendance Hell

Thanksgiving week means a week full of bad ideas. Overeating, taking an accidental four-hour nap on the couch in front of your extended family, discussing politics at the Thanksgiving Day table. But all those ideas are better than one other idea that a lot of college basketball ADs have: Thanksgiving week neutral site tournaments for small conference teams. Always a bad idea, if attendance is any indicator Let’s take a look:

Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 39 (Season total: 128)

Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week:

3. Prairie View A&M vs Lamar – A true home game and the lowest attended on-campus game of the week, Prairie View hosted Lamar in front of 183 folks, eventually losing 91-83. That 183 number seems to be generous, though, when you look at the crowd shot (I see four fans): 

pvam-vs-lamar
Image courtesy PVPanthers.com

2. Bethune-Cookman vs Nicholls State – A neutral site game, hosted by renowned basketball powerhouse Samford, on Black Friday.  No surprise that only 167 showed up to see Nicholls State edge out Bethune-Cookman 76-69.  Of course, if you were to ask Nicholls, they were apparently playing in a much more packed house…. Also against McNeese State.  A screenshot of their game recap:

nicholls-vs-bethune-cookman

1. Binghamton vs LBSU –  Hosted by Dunk City, Florida Gulf Coast University, a Thanksgiving Day game with two teams from some of the farthest geography away from Florida? What could possibly go wrong.  A mere 108 people showed up to see Binghamton come back for the upset, and judging from the Twittersphere, that number seems to be overstated:

With only 108 in attendance, that becomes the third least attended college basketball game of the season. With Thanksgiving week typically being one of the lowest attended of the year, we may be through the thick of it, at least until Christmas and New Years.

So now, as always, the miscellany:

Biggest group of people to see a loss at home this week: BYU (vs Utah Valley) 16,003.

Smallest group of people to see a win at home this week (including neutral sites): Binghamton (vs LBSU), 108.

Smallest group of people to see a win at home this week (on campus): Southern Utah (vs Life Pacific), 350.

Smallest Power Conference attendance (including neutral sites): LSU (vs Old Dominion), 1,060.

Smallest Power Conference attendance (on campus): Washington State (vs San Jose State), 2,308.

Average attendance this week: 3,347 (down 1,520 [33.8%] since last week).

And as always, your full attendance numbers for the week:

Date
Conference
Home Team
Home Score
Away Team
Away Score
Attendance
Venue
Capacity
% Full
11/24/2016
America East
Binghamton
72
LBSU
64
102
Alico Arena
4500
2.3%
11/25/2016
MEAC
Bethune-Cookman
69
Nicholls
76
167
Pete Hanna Center
4974
3.4%
11/25/2016
SWAC
PV A&M
83
Lamar
91
183
William Nicks Building
6500
2.8%
11/26/2016
SWAC
Grambling St
110
Savannah State
104
200
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
9.1%
11/26/2016
Western Athletic
UT Rio Grande
71
St Francis (BKN)
61
200
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
9.1%
11/25/2016
MEAC
Norfolk State
59
Sacred Heart
61
223
Orleans Arena
7471
3.0%
11/26/2016
Big Sky
N Arizona
63
Jacksonville St
76
244
Thomas & Mack Center
18776
1.3%
11/25/2016
Northeast
Robert Morris
62
Hampton
48
250
SECU Arena
5250
4.8%
11/27/2016
Big West
UC Irvine
66
ETSU
72
291
Sanford Pentagon
3250
9.0%
11/26/2016
West Coast
San Francisco
77
Sacramento St
59
300
Reese Court
6000
5.0%
11/27/2016
Big Sky
Sacramento St
61
Denver
72
300
Reese Court
6000
5.0%
11/25/2016
Northeast
St Francis (BKN)
97
Savannah State
91
320
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
14.5%
11/26/2016
Big Sky
Southern Utah
101
Life Pacific
56
350
Centrum Arena
5300
6.6%
11/28/2016
SWAC
Grambling St
102
Jarvis Christian
56
373
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
7500
5.0%
11/26/2016
Big West
UC Irvine
37
Milwaukee
54
379
Sanford Pentagon
3250
11.7%
11/25/2016
Western Athletic
UT Rio Grande
101
Grambling St
93
380
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
17.3%
11/26/2016
America East
Maine
96
ME-Presque Isle
45
403
Cross Insurance Center
5800
6.9%
11/26/2016
Patriot League
American U
62
St Francis (PA)
69
432
Bender Arena
4500
9.6%
11/26/2016
MEAC
NC A&T
49
Jacksonville
66
481
Corbett Sports Center
5700
8.4%
11/25/2016
Sun Belt
Ga Southern
83
Florida A&M
72
491
Savannah Civic Center
9600
5.1%
11/26/2016
MAAC
Monmouth
86
S Carolina St
62
530
Hart Center
3600
14.7%
11/26/2016
Southland
Incarnate Word
79
Rice
87
530
McDermott Convocation Center
2000
26.5%
11/25/2016
Southern
Furman
98
Hiwassee College
48
571
Timmons Arena
4000
14.3%
11/25/2016
Southland
Sam Houston
69
Idaho
62
625
Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
6110
10.2%
11/25/2016
Horizon League
Milwaukee
62
ETSU
86
626
Sanford Pentagon
3250
19.3%
11/28/2016
Sun Belt
UL Monroe
77
SF Austin
72
635
Fant-Ewing Coliseum
7085
9.0%
11/28/2016
Ivy League
Brown
91
Bryant
90
636
Pizzitola Sports Center
2800
22.7%
11/26/2016
Southern
Samford
93
Bethune-Cookman
65
686
Pete Hanna Center
4974
13.8%
11/27/2016
Colonial Athletic
Northeastern
73
Kent State
70
701
Matthews Arena
6000
11.7%
11/28/2016
Ohio Valley
Tenn Tech
80
Hiwassee College
47
708
Hooper Eblen Center
9282
7.6%
11/27/2016
Conference USA
FIU
74
Binghamton
57
710
FIU Arena
6000
11.8%
11/26/2016
Patriot League
Navy
70
Penn
68
787
Alumni Hall
5710
13.8%
11/27/2016
Southern
Samford
103
Nicholls
106
802
Pete Hanna Center
4974
16.1%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
E Illinois
72
South Alabama
62
835
Lantz Arena
5300
15.8%
11/27/2016
West Coast
Saint Mary's
76
UAB
63
862
Orleans Arena
7471
11.5%
11/27/2016
Atlantic 10
Duquesne
78
Cleveland State
71
887
A.J. Palumbo Center
4406
20.1%
11/28/2016
MEAC
Morgan State
61
High Point
62
892
Hill Field House
4250
21.0%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
Tennessee St
96
Reinhardt
64
894
Gentry Center
10500
8.5%
11/26/2016
Southern
VMI
53
Campbell
67
912
Cameron Hall
5020
18.2%
11/27/2016
Big South
Winthrop
60
UNH
65
922
Winthrop Coliseum
6100
15.1%
11/28/2016
Summit League
Fort Wayne
107
Siena Heights
59
923
Hilliard Gates Sports Center
2300
40.1%
11/27/2016
Colonial Athletic
Drexel
78
La Salle
89
931
Daskalakis Athletic Center
2532
36.8%
11/28/2016
Western Athletic
UMKC
86
SE Missouri St
75
976
Municipal Auditorium (MO)
7300
13.4%
11/28/2016
Big South
Campbell
92
Allen
60
979
Pope Convocation Center
3095
31.6%
11/26/2016
Northeast
Wagner
67
Rider
70
1001
Spiro Sports Center
2100
47.7%
11/26/2016
West Coast
San Diego
51
New Mexico St
56
1008
Jenny Craig Pavilion
5100
19.8%
11/25/2016
Colonial Athletic
Hofstra
89
Medaille College
56
1012
Mack Sports Complex
5124
19.8%
11/26/2016
Horizon League
Detroit Mercy
81
Manhattan
84
1012
Calihan Hall
8295
12.2%
11/28/2016
Big South
Longwood
86
Dartmouth
80
1018
Willett Hall
2522
40.4%
11/27/2016
West Coast
Pepperdine
85
Portland State
91
1021
Firestone Fieldhouse
4500
22.7%
11/26/2016
Big Sky
E Washington
85
Denver
80
1026
Reese Court
6000
17.1%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
SIU ED
61
IUPUI
58
1028
Vadalabene Center
4157
24.7%
11/26/2016
Atlantic Sun
Kennesaw St
71
Chattanooga
88
1031
KSU Convocation Center
4792
21.5%
11/25/2016
Western Athletic
UMKC
97
Ark Monticello
82
1045
Municipal Auditorium (MO)
7300
14.3%
11/25/2016
Conference USA
UTSA
63
Texas State
48
1057
UTSA Convocation Center
4080
25.9%
11/24/2016
SEC
LSU
66
Old Dominion
60
1060
Imperial Arena
3500
30.3%
11/26/2016
MAC
Bowling Green
90
Morgan State
58
1074
Stroh Center
4700
22.9%
11/26/2016
MAC
Miami (OH)
81
W Illinois
72
1083
Millett Hall
6400
16.9%
11/26/2016
MAAC
Fairfield
75
Army
74
1083
Webster Bank Arena
10000
10.8%
11/27/2016
Big Sky
E Washington
96
San Francisco
90
1088
Reese Court
6000
18.1%
11/26/2016
Atlantic 10
Fordham
63
UT-Arlington
67
1096
Rose Hill Gymnasium
3470
31.6%
11/26/2016
Ivy League
Columbia
81
Colgate
78
1148
Levien Gymnasium
3408
33.7%
11/26/2016
Horizon League
Youngstown St
84
Canisius
90
1174
Beeghly Center
6500
18.1%
11/28/2016
SEC
Kentucky
115
Arizona State
69
1200
Imperial Arena
3500
34.3%
11/28/2016
MEAC
Coppin State
73
Chestnut Hill
76
1200
Physical Education Complex
4100
29.3%
11/25/2016
Atlantic 10
VCU
85
LSU
74
1201
Imperial Arena
3500
34.3%
11/26/2016
Ivy League
Dartmouth
69
Marist
75
1215
Edward Leede Arena
2100
57.9%
11/27/2016
Big East
Seton Hall
52
Stanford
66
1216
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
5000
24.3%
11/27/2016
Colonial Athletic
Delaware
84
Bryn Athyn
51
1275
Bob Carpenter Center
5000
25.5%
11/27/2016
Southland
Abil Christian
71
Howard Payne
55
1275
Moody Coliseum (Abilene)
4600
27.7%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
Austin Peay
82
Spalding
63
1277
Dave Aaron Arena
9000
14.2%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
E Kentucky
92
Berea College
64
1300
McBrayer Arena
6500
20.0%
11/25/2016
Colonial Athletic
Towson
88
Stony Brook
63
1322
SECU Arena
5250
25.2%
11/27/2016
Summit League
South Dakota St
81
Milwaukee
58
1346
Sanford Pentagon
3250
41.4%
11/24/2016
Big East
St John's
69
VCU
75
1362
Imperial Arena
3500
38.9%
11/27/2016
Summit League
South Dakota
72
Montana
67
1399
The DakotaDome
10000
14.0%
11/25/2016
Conference USA
North Texas
80
Niagara
71
1411
UNT Coliseum
10040
14.1%
11/25/2016
Southern
UNCG
90
BelmntAb
54
1459
Greensboro Coliseum
21273
6.9%
11/26/2016
America East
UMass Lowell
78
LIU Brooklyn
82
1472
Costello Athletic Center
2100
70.1%
11/25/2016
Patriot League
Holy Cross
73
S Carolina St
57
1554
Hart Center
3600
43.2%
11/25/2016
Ivy League
Princeton
108
Rowan
46
1559
Jadwin Gymnasium
6854
22.7%
11/27/2016
Patriot League
Holy Cross
77
Monmouth
80
1565
Hart Center
3600
43.5%
11/27/2016
Conference USA
North Texas
81
Hartford
78
1566
UNT Coliseum
10040
15.6%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
Michigan State
77
Wichita State
72
1569
Imperial Arena
3500
44.8%
11/24/2016
Big Ten
Michigan State
58
Baylor
73
1597
Imperial Arena
3500
45.6%
11/24/2016
Missouri Valley
Wichita State
52
Louisville
62
1604
Imperial Arena
3500
45.8%
11/25/2016
Big 12
Baylor
66
Louisville
63
1655
Imperial Arena
3500
47.3%
11/26/2016
Southern
ETSU
71
South Dakota St
59
1688
Sanford Pentagon
3250
51.9%
11/26/2016
Summit League
Fort Wayne
79
Miss Valley St
54
1789
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
13000
13.8%
11/26/2016
MAC
W Michigan
80
Cent Arkansas
63
1844
University Arena (MI)
5421
34.0%
11/25/2016
Pac 12
Stanford
65
Indiana State
62
1876
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
5000
37.5%
11/24/2016
SEC
Florida
81
Seton Hall
76
1949
HP Field House
5000
39.0%
11/27/2016
Mountain West
Colorado State
80
Alcorn State
58
2023
Moby Arena
8745
23.1%
11/27/2016
Conference USA
LA Tech
74
MD-E Shore
53
2027
Thomas Assembly Center
8098
25.0%
11/26/2016
Great Northwest
Alaska Anchorage
74
Drake
69
2030
Alaska Airlines Center
5000
40.6%
11/24/2016
MAAC
Iona
64
Drake
53
2039
Alaska Airlines Center
5000
40.8%
11/27/2016
Sun Belt
Arkansas State
97
Lehigh
89
2074
ASU Convocation Center
10475
19.8%
11/26/2016
Horizon League
N Kentucky
74
NC Central
82
2141
The Bank of Kentucky Center
9400
22.8%
11/26/2016
Big West
UC Davis
66
Oakland
79
2150
Alaska Airlines Center
5000
43.0%
11/26/2016
America East
Vermont
67
Yale
65
2173
Patrick Gymnasium
3228
67.3%
11/25/2016
Great Northwest
Alaska Anchorage
65
Oakland
71
2180
Alaska Airlines Center
5000
43.6%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
Iowa
41
UVA
74
2196
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
99.8%
11/26/2016
The American
Memphis
100
Iowa
92
2196
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
99.8%
11/26/2016
Big East
Providence
52
UVA
63
2196
The Arena at Northwest FL St
2200
99.8%
11/28/2016
Big East
USF
71
Kennesaw St
69
2196
USF Sun Dome
10411
21.1%
11/25/2016
MAC
Akron
84
Air Force
75
2263
Savannah Civic Center
9600
23.6%
11/27/2016
West Coast
Gonzaga
73
Iowa State
71
2305
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
5000
46.1%
11/26/2016
Big Sky
Montana State
91
Delaware State
66
2307
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
7250
31.8%
11/25/2016
Big West
UC Davis
64
Drake
58
2308
Alaska Airlines Center
5000
46.2%
11/27/2016
Pac 12
Washington St
76
San Jose State
88
2317
Friel Court
12058
19.2%
11/26/2016
Atlantic 10
G Washington
68
Penn State
74
2378
Charles E. Smith Center
4338
54.8%
11/26/2016
Southern
Mercer
63
Akron
65
2391
Savannah Civic Center
9600
24.9%
11/26/2016
Ohio Valley
Murray State
91
Alabama A&M
54
2401
CFSB Center
8602
27.9%
11/24/2016
ACC
Miami
67
Stanford
53
2436
HP Field House
5000
48.7%
11/24/2016
Big 12
West Virginia
89
Illinois
57
2451
Barclays Center
17732
13.8%
11/26/2016
Horizon League
Green Bay
77
Cent Michigan
89
2799
Resch Center
10200
27.4%
11/27/2016
Colonial Athletic
Charleston
72
USC Upstate
60
2892
TD Arena
5100
56.7%
11/27/2016
Horizon League
Wright State
75
North Florida
67
2975
Nutter Center
10400
28.6%
11/26/2016
Horizon League
Wright State
83
North Dakota
79
3024
Nutter Center
10400
29.1%
11/27/2016
Sun Belt
LA-Lafayette
84
Texas Southern
73
3027
Cajundome
13500
22.4%
11/26/2016
Colonial Athletic
William & Mary
79
Liberty
70
3039
Kaplan Arena
8600
35.3%
11/25/2016
Horizon League
Wright State
68
CSU Bakersfield
64
3123
Nutter Center
10400
30.0%
11/26/2016
The American
UCF
67
Seattle
51
3133
CFE Arena
9465
33.1%
11/27/2016
Horizon League
Valparaiso
79
Ball State
73
3166
Athletics-Recreation Center
5000
63.3%
11/26/2016
The American
Houston
83
Cornell
53
3223
Hofheinz Pavilion
10000
32.2%
11/28/2016
Southern
The Citadel
97
Presbyterian
83
3278
McAlister Field House
6000
54.6%
11/25/2016
Atlantic Sun
FGCU
68
LBSU
67
3291
Alico Arena
4500
73.1%
11/26/2016
Atlantic 10
UMass
70
Harvard
66
3320
William D. Mullins Memorial Center
9493
35.0%
11/25/2016
Mountain West
Colorado State
67
SE Louisiana
59
3381
Moby Arena
8745
38.7%
11/27/2016
Missouri Valley
Illinois State
81
FerrisSt
67
3704
Redbird Arena
10200
36.3%
11/25/2016
Big 12
West Virginia
77
Temple
81
3713
Barclays Center
17732
20.9%
11/25/2016
Pac 12
USC
78
SMU
73
3713
Galen Center
10258
36.2%
11/27/2016
Missouri Valley
Missouri State
64
North Dakota St
50
3765
JQH Arena
11000
34.2%
11/28/2016
Pac 12
Oregon State
84
SOregon
59
4010
Gill Coliseum
9604
41.8%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
Rutgers
77
Hartford
75
4028
Louis Brown Athletic Center
8000
50.4%
11/25/2016
Mountain West
Boise State
82
Presbyterian
56
4061
Taco Bell Arena
12480
32.5%
11/28/2016
SEC
Missouri
52
NC Central
62
4123
Mizzou Arena
15061
27.4%
11/28/2016
Conference USA
Charlotte
80
Appalachian St
72
4153
Halton Arena
9105
45.6%
11/26/2016
Atlantic 10
George Mason
80
JMU
77
4192
EagleBank Arena
10000
41.9%
11/28/2016
Summit League
Oral Roberts
65
Tulsa
79
4230
Mabee Center
11300
37.4%
11/25/2016
Big 12
Oklahoma
72
Abil Christian
64
4451
Lloyd Noble Center
11528
38.6%
11/26/2016
ACC
Georgia Tech
82
Tulane
68
4479
McCamish Pavilion
9191
48.7%
11/27/2016
America East
Albany
81
Siena
72
4538
SEFCU Arena
4538
100.0%
11/25/2016
Atlantic 10
URI
82
Belmont
73
4626
Ryan Center
7657
60.4%
11/26/2016
SEC
Missouri
84
Northwestern St
60
4669
Mizzou Arena
15061
31.0%
11/26/2016
Atlantic 10
Davidson
79
Charlotte
57
4949
John M. Belk Arena
5223
94.8%
11/25/2016
Pac 12
Oregon State
58
Fresno State
63
5005
Gill Coliseum
9604
52.1%
11/26/2016
Big Ten
Maryland
69
Kansas State
68
5011
Barclays Center
17732
28.3%
11/27/2016
Big East
Georgetown
85
Howard
72
5258
Verizon Center
18506
28.4%
11/25/2016
ACC
Clemson
83
High Point
74
5500
Littlejohn Coliseum
9000
61.1%
11/26/2016
Big East
Cincinnati
91
Lipscomb
68
5724
Fifth Third Arena
13176
43.4%
11/25/2016
Big 12
Texas Tech
91
Idaho State
58
5906
United Supermarkets Arena
15020
39.3%
11/28/2016
ACC
FSU
75
Minnesota
67
5993
Donald L. Tucker Center
12100
49.5%
11/28/2016
SEC
Miss St
65
Northwestern St
59
6070
Humphrey Coliseum
10575
57.4%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
Northwestern
86
Bryant
66
6322
Welsh-Ryan Arena
8117
77.9%
11/28/2016
Big Ten
Northwestern
65
Wake Forest
58
6386
Welsh-Ryan Arena
8117
78.7%
11/25/2016
MAC
Ohio
68
Tenn Tech
57
6388
Convocation Center (OH)
13010
49.1%
11/25/2016
SEC
Miss St
73
Lehigh
87
6697
Humphrey Coliseum
10575
63.3%
11/26/2016
ACC
Notre Dame
91
Chicago State
60
6804
Purcell Pavilion
9149
74.4%
11/27/2016
Pac 12
Colorado
75
Wofford
60
6854
Coors Events Center
11064
61.9%
11/25/2016
ACC
Pitt
76
Morehead State
63
7025
Petersen Events Center
12508
56.2%
11/25/2016
SEC
Georgia
77
Gardner-Webb
59
7069
Stegeman Coliseum
11200
63.1%
11/24/2016
SEC
Ole Miss
86
Montana
81
7358
The Pavilion at Ole Miss
9500
77.5%
11/28/2016
Big 12
West Virginia
108
Manhattan
61
8190
WVU Coliseum
14000
58.5%
11/27/2016
Pac 12
Cal
67
SE Louisiana
55
8387
Haas Pavilion
11877
70.6%
11/26/2016
ACC
Syracuse
50
South Carolina
64
8733
Barclays Center
17732
49.2%
11/26/2016
ACC
Duke
93
Appalachian St
58
9314
Cameron Indoor Stadium
9314
100.0%
11/26/2016
Big Ten
Michigan
64
Mt St Mary's
47
9410
Crisler Center
13751
68.4%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
Minnesota
57
S Illinois
45
9603
Williams Arena
14625
65.7%
11/26/2016
Big East
Xavier
64
Northern Iowa
42
10028
Cintas Center
10250
97.8%
11/26/2016
Big Ten
Purdue
79
NJIT
68
10479
Mackey Arena
14846
70.6%
11/26/2016
Big East
Marquette
101
Houston Baptist
79
11740
BMO Harris Bradley Center
17845
65.8%
11/28/2016
SEC
Arkansas
89
Mt St Mary's
76
13321
Bud Walton Arena
20320
65.6%
11/28/2016
Pac 12
Utah
59
Butler
68
14332
Jon M. Huntsman Center
15000
95.5%
11/25/2016
Big Ten
OSU
111
Marshall
70
14355
Value City Arena
18809
76.3%
11/26/2016
ACC
NC State
79
Loyola (CHI)
77
15141
PNC Arena
18680
81.1%
11/26/2016
West Coast
BYU
101
Utah Valley
114
16003
Marriott Center
22700
70.5%
11/25/2016
Big 12
Kansas
95
UNC Asheville
57
16300
Allen Fieldhouse
16300
100.0%
11/26/2016
Big East
Creighton
82
Loyola (MD)
52
16907
CenturyLink Center Omaha
17100
98.9%
11/27/2016
Big Ten
Indiana
85
Miss Valley St
52
17222
Assembly Hall (Indiana)
17472
98.6%
11/27/2016
Big Ten
Wisconsin
95
PV A&M
50
17287
Kohl Center
17230
100.3%
11/25/2016
SEC
Kentucky
111
UT Martin
76
23324
Rupp Arena
23500
99.3%