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

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 an action video courtesy of the Southland Conference!

2Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois – Meanwhile in the MAC, the crowd got even sparser. In the first round of MACtion, the Eastern Michigan Eagles mustered a crowd of 981 hearty souls to see the Eagles win a 72-69 nailbiter over NIU. The Eagles got to go to Cleveland to face the #1 seed Akron, who destroyed Eastern Michigan’s Cinderella story. The action shot from the first round:

Image courtesy Youtube / EMU Athletics

1. Troy vs Appalachian State – And finally, the first round of the Sun Belt led to the lowest conference tournament attendance of the year. With only 850 fans in the seats, the 6th seeded Troy Trojans defeated Appalachian State by a score of 84-64.


So now, what happened to everyone else? Let’s go ahead with the abbreviated miscellany:


Smallest Power Conference attendance: Cal vs Oregon State, 7,846.

Average attendance this week: 7,564 ( up 1,566 [26.1%] from last week)

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

LeagueDateHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Troy84Appalachian St64850Lakefront Arena89339.52%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017E Michigan72N Illinois69981Convocation Center (MI)882411.12%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Lamar77SE Louisiana651127Leonard E. Merrell Center720015.65%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017W Michigan65Miami (OH)611227University Arena (MI)542122.63%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Texas Southern62Grambling571500Toyota Center (Houston)180558.31%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Portland State80N Arizona671507Reno Events Center700021.53%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017North Dakota95Portland State721513Reno Events Center700021.61%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Sacramento St91Idaho State761612Reno Events Center700023.03%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017SF Austin75Lamar591756Leonard E. Merrell Center720024.39%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Idaho81Montana771762Reno Events Center700025.17%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017UCF84Memphis541844XL Center1556411.85%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017E Washington89Sacramento St701903Reno Events Center700027.19%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Alcorn State63Miss Valley St601942Davey Whitney Complex700027.74%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017North Dakota69Idaho642003Reno Events Center700028.61%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017Kent State116Cent Michigan1062139MAC Center632733.81%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Ball State66W Michigan632245Quicken Loans Arena2056210.92%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Mt St Mary's71St Francis (PA)613121Knott Arena350089.17%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Rice86Southern Miss753207Legacy Arena at BJCC1900016.88%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017UTEP86Rice763228Legacy Arena at BJCC1900016.99%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017Vermont74UNH413266Patrick Gymnasium3228101.18%
NCAA Men's basketball3/11/2017Vermont56Albany533266Patrick Gymnasium3228101.18%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017LA Tech77Marshall933299Legacy Arena at BJCC1900017.36%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Buffalo65Kent State683352Quicken Loans Arena2056216.30%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Texas Southern87Alabama State723487H&PE Arena810043.05%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017UIC68Milwaukee743708Joe Louis Arena2006618.48%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Old Dominion63Marshall644005Legacy Arena at BJCC1900021.08%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017Stony Brook56Albany634009Island FCU Arena4000100.23%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017Toledo77Bowling Green624085Savage Arena900045.39%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Bucknell81Lehigh654254Sojka Pavilion4000106.35%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017San Diego State62UNLV524979Thomas & Mack Center1792327.78%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017G Washington53Saint Louis465442PPG Paints Arena1910028.49%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Saint Louis72Duquesne715517PPG Paints Arena1910028.88%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017N Kentucky59Milwaukee535929Joe Louis Arena2006629.55%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Ohio66Kent State686065Quicken Loans Arena2056229.50%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017UNC Wilmington78Charleston696342North Charleston Coliseum1147555.27%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017UNCG74ETSU796400U.S. Cellular Center (NC)720088.89%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Marshall89FAU746410Legacy Arena at BJCC1900033.74%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017URI74St Bonaventure636641PPG Paints Arena1910034.77%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Richmond70G Washington676647PPG Paints Arena1910034.80%
NCAA Men's basketball3/12/2017SMU71Cincinnati566856XL Center1556444.05%
NCAA Men's basketball3/12/2017VCU63URI707025PPG Paints Arena1910036.78%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Houston65UConn747365XL Center1556447.32%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017St Bonaventure73UMass607509PPG Paints Arena1910039.31%
NCAA Men's basketball3/6/2017Iona87Siena867608Times Union Center1522949.96%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Cal67Oregon State627846T-Mobile Arena1800043.59%
NCAA Men's basketball3/7/2017Georgia Tech59Pitt618656Barclays Center1773248.82%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Alabama75Miss St5511973Bridgestone Arena1939561.73%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Michigan State78Penn State5112189Verizon Center2035659.88%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Minnesota63Michigan State5812334Verizon Center2035660.59%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Northwestern83Rutgers6112408Verizon Center2035660.96%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Utah75Cal7812782T-Mobile Arena1800071.01%
NCAA Men's basketball3/12/2017Wisconsin56Michigan7112902Verizon Center2035663.38%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Arkansas73Ole Miss7214227Bridgestone Arena1939573.35%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Maryland64Northwestern7215624Verizon Center2035676.75%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Marquette76Seton Hall8217324Madison Square Garden1981287.44%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Duke79Clemson7217732Barclays Center17732100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/8/2017Virginia Tech99Wake Forest9017732Barclays Center17732100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017UNC78Miami5317732Barclays Center17732100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Louisville77Duke8117732Barclays Center17732100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017FSU74Virginia Tech6817732Barclays Center17732100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017South Carolina53Alabama6418130Bridgestone Arena1939593.48%
NCAA Men's basketball3/9/2017Kansas82TCU8518972Sprint Center18972100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017West Virginia51Kansas State5018972Sprint Center18972100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/10/2017Villanova55Seton Hall5319812Madison Square Garden19812100.00%
NCAA Men's basketball3/12/2017Kentucky82Arkansas6519953Bridgestone Arena19395102.88%