NCAA Basketball Attendance Week 17: A Game Behind Closed Doors


Conference tournaments have begun (or in the case of a few, finished) and with it, attendance up to its highest level on the year.  We won’t let that stop us from having a bottom three, so let’s get right to it:

Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 22 (Season total: 724)

Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week, and a gratuitous shot of game #4 with Alcorn State hosting Southern in front of 472

  1. Loyola (MD) vs Army – In the first round of the Patriot League tournament, Loyola hosted Army and only 413 showed up.  With a chance to advance and play #1 seed Bucknell on the line, the Loyola faithful held in there as a 10 point lead disappeared in the last minute of the game. Luckily for the Greyhound fans, they held on to win 82-79, the biggest defeat the Army had seen since the Battle of Bull Run1
  1.  Alcorn State vs Prairie View A&M – Perhaps our last bit of #SWACtion of the year, as the Braves hosted the Panthers with only 250 fans in the crowd.  With PVAMU tied for second place in the conference, the last conference game of the season had a twist: the first place team in the SWAC (Grambling) was ineligible for postseason play due to APR violations.  So that meant that this game was to decide who would hold the one seed in the prestigious SWAC conference tournament. Needing a win and an Arkansas-Pine Bluff loss, PVAMU came through on their part with a 79-69 victory, but ended up with the second spot in the conference tournament after Arkansas-Pine Bluff took the win.
  1. Central Michigan vs Western Michigan – On a more somber note, after a shooting on the CMU campus, Thursday night’s game was rescheduled to be played off campus on Saturday, and with only registered family members permitted to attend. That’s right: no public attendance. Even with that, Central Michigan managed to draw 150 fans to see their last regular season game, an 84-71 win over Western Michigan. To put that number in perspective, this was the 15th lowest attended game of the season, and they didn’t allow the public in! They outdrew Southern, Longwood, Southern Miss, Chicago State, Alcorn State (twice), Fairleigh-Dickinson, Nicholls, Omaha, Tennessee Tech, American, Mississippi Valley State, Charleston Southern, and Presbyterian in their lowest attended games (granted, some of those were neutral site tournament games).  But still, an impressive list!  An action shot:

 

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

Biggest group of people to see a loss at home this week: UNC (vs Miami) 20,251.

Smallest group of people to see a win at home this week:  Central Michigan (vs Western Michigan) 150.

Smallest Power 5 Conference attendance: Washington State (vs Oregon), 2,592.

Average attendance this week: 5,469 (up 476 [9.5%] from last week)

 

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

DateConferenceHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
3/3/2018MACCent Michigan84W Michigan71150Riepma Arena150010%
3/1/2018SWACAlcorn State69PV A&M79251Davey Whitney Complex70003.6%
2/27/2018Patriot LeagueLoyola (MD)82Army79413Reitz Arena300013.8%
3/3/2018SWACAlabama A&M66Jackson State59413T.M. Elmore Gymnasium60006.9%
3/3/2018SWACAlcorn State71Texas Southern78466Davey Whitney Complex70006.7%
3/2/2018Ivy LeagueBrown63Princeton78516Pizzitola Sports Center280018.4%
3/3/2018Western AthleticChicago State96UMKC82553Jones Convocation Center70007.9%
3/2/2018Ivy LeagueDartmouth80Columbia78577Edward Leede Arena210027.5%
2/27/2018America EastUNH77UMass Lowell92651Lundholm Gymnasium650110.0%
3/1/2018Patriot LeagueNavy65Holy Cross81667Alumni Hall571011.7%
3/3/2018Big SkyPortland State97North Dakota90715Pamplin Sports Center230031.1%
2/26/2018Atlantic SunJacksonville87Kennesaw State68725Swisher Gymnasium150048.3%
2/27/2018Big SouthHigh Point55Longwood68813Millis Athletic Center175046.5%
3/3/2018SouthlandHouston Baptist87Texas A&M-CC92842Sharp Gymnasium150056.1%
2/27/2018MACN Illinois67Toledo97869NIU Convocation Center100008.7%
3/3/2018Ivy LeagueDartmouth75Cornell86874Edward Leede Arena210041.6%
2/28/2018SouthlandNorthwestern St70Nicholls73903Prather Coliseum390023.2%
2/27/2018America EastMaine62Vermont74907Cross Insurance Center580015.6%
3/3/2018SouthlandMcNeese69Lamar60940Burton Coliseum650014.5%
2/26/2018MEACBethune-Cookman80NC A&T86943Moore Gymnasium300031.4%
3/3/2018Big WestCSU Fullerton60Hawai'i68972Titan Gym501519.4%
3/1/2018MEACDelaware State87Morgan State80997Memorial Hall (Dover, DE)300033.2%
3/2/2018MACN Illinois66Ball State651007NIU Convocation Center1000010.1%
3/1/2018MEACCoppin State71Howard781011Physical Education Complex410024.7%
2/28/2018NortheastSt Francis (PA)75Fair Dickinson841051DeGol Arena350030.0%
2/28/2018SouthlandIncarnate Word83Houston Baptist711052McDermott Convocation Center200052.6%
3/1/2018Big SouthWinthrop72Gardner-Webb681159Kimmel Arena320036.2%
2/28/2018NortheastLIU Brooklyn73St Francis (BKN)501173Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center250046.9%
2/28/2018SouthlandNew Orleans64SE Louisiana681182Lakefront Arena1000011.8%
3/3/2018Western AthleticUT Rio Grande71New Mexico St861203UTRGV Fieldhouse250048.1%
3/3/2018NortheastLIU Brooklyn78Fair Dickinson771212Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center250048.5%
2/28/2018SouthlandTexas A&M-CC82McNeese701235American Bank Center1000012.4%
3/3/2018SouthlandIncarnate Word59Abil Christian691256McDermott Convocation Center200062.8%
3/4/2018Patriot LeagueColgate62Holy Cross551279Cotterell Court300042.6%
2/28/2018SouthlandCent Arkansas88Sam Houston701312Farris Center600021.9%
3/1/2018Patriot LeagueColgate76Lafayette541338Cotterell Court300044.6%
3/3/2018SWACSouthern69PV A&M771345F. G. Clark Activity Center750017.9%
2/28/2018Atlantic 10La Salle71Dayton531378Tom Gola Arena400034.5%
3/2/2018Ivy LeagueYale80Penn791380John J. Lee Amphitheater253254.5%
2/26/2018SWACGrambling74Miss Valley St791431Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center750019.1%
3/3/2018Sun BeltAppalachian St76C. Carolina671437Holmes Convocation Center832517.3%
2/26/2018SWACPV A&M71Alabama A&M581443William Nicks Building650022.2%
3/1/2018Patriot LeagueLehigh82Boston U881491Stabler Arena600024.9%
3/3/2018America EastUMBC89UMass Lowell771518RAC Arena402437.7%
3/1/2018Sun BeltGa Southern81South Alabama741526W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse432535.3%
3/1/2018Sun BeltUL Monroe48Little Rock441537Fant-Ewing Coliseum708521.7%
2/26/2018Colonial AthleticElon84JMU901591Alumni Gym (Elon University)1585100.4%
3/2/2018Ivy LeagueHarvard98Cornell881636Lavietes Pavilion219574.5%
3/3/2018Ivy LeagueHarvard93Columbia741636Lavietes Pavilion219574.5%
3/1/2018Big SkyE Washington74Southern Utah511637Reese Court600027.3%
3/3/2018Colonial AthleticGeorgia State90South Alabama751649GSU Sports Arena450036.6%
3/1/2018SWACAlabama State62Jackson State601673Dunn-Oliver Acadome740022.6%
3/3/2018Ivy LeagueYale94Princeton901677John J. Lee Amphitheater253266.2%
3/3/2018America EastHartford71UNH601727Chase Arena410742.1%
2/27/2018Patriot LeagueLafayette93American861774Kirby Sports Center400044.4%
3/3/2018SouthlandSE Louisiana69Nicholls571774University Center (LA)750023.7%
3/3/2018America EastAlbany60Stony Brook691785SEFCU Arena453839.3%
3/1/2018Colonial AthleticGeorgia State70Troy831793GSU Sports Arena450039.8%
3/1/2018Conference USARice76UTEP701802Tudor Fieldhouse575031.3%
3/3/2018SouthlandCent Arkansas61Northwestern St581835Farris Center600030.6%
2/28/2018NortheastWagner73Cent Conn St611838Spiro Sports Center210087.5%
3/3/2018NortheastWagner75Robert Morris641863Spiro Sports Center210088.7%
2/26/2018Atlantic SunLipscomb89Stetson731877Allen Arena502837.3%
2/27/2018MACCent Michigan75Ball State511913McGuirk Arena530036.1%
2/26/2018MEACFlorida A&M76S Carolina St741918Al Lawson Center847022.6%
3/2/2018MACBowling Green70Buffalo1001924Stroh Center470040.9%
3/1/2018Atlantic SunLipscomb77Jacksonville621967Allen Arena502839.1%
2/26/2018MEACSavannah State85NC Central751990Tiger Arena600033.2%
3/3/2018Big SkyE Washington85N Arizona682032Reese Court600033.9%
2/26/2018MEACHoward74Norfolk State792035Burr Gymnasium270075.4%
2/27/2018America EastHartford53UMBC622036Chase Arena410749.6%
3/3/2018SouthlandSam Houston53SF Austin652043Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum611033.4%
3/3/2018Sun BeltUL Monroe79Arkansas State832083Fant-Ewing Coliseum708529.4%
2/28/2018NortheastMt St Mary's56Robert Morris602129Knott Arena312168.2%
3/2/2018SouthernSamford79Chattanooga892138U.S. Cellular Center (NC)765427.9%
2/27/2018America EastAlbany71Binghamton542148SEFCU Arena453847.3%
2/26/2018Mountain WestAir Force48Fresno State542150Clune Arena585836.7%
2/26/2018MEACMD-E Shore59Delaware State472205Hytche Arena550040.1%
3/3/2018Sun BeltGa Southern89Troy832264W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse432552.3%
2/28/2018Atlantic 10Duquesne76Saint Louis692272A.J. Palumbo Center440651.6%
3/1/2018Big SouthCampbell59Liberty732276Kimmel Arena320071.1%
3/2/2018Big SouthUNC Asheville64Liberty692318Kimmel Arena320072.4%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10Fordham58VCU832325Rose Hill Gymnasium347067.0%
2/28/2018Atlantic 10G Washington72Fordham562463Charles E. Smith Center433856.8%
3/1/2018Patriot LeagueBucknell83Loyola (MD)782492Sojka Pavilion400062.3%
3/3/2018SWACAR-Pine Bluff94Miss Valley St572581H. O. Clemmons Arena450057.4%
3/1/2018Pac 12Washington St78Oregon762592Friel Court1205821.5%
3/4/2018The AmericanUSF65SMU542593USF Sun Dome1041124.9%
2/27/2018MACW Michigan58E Michigan742610University Arena (MI)542148.1%
3/3/2018Colonial AthleticDelaware86Elon792659North Charleston Coliseum1147523.2%
3/3/2018Conference USASouthern Miss72LA Tech642687Reed Green Coliseum809533.2%
3/1/2018The AmericanTulane49Cincinnati782824Devlin Fieldhouse360078.4%
2/26/2018Atlantic SunFGCU96USC Upstate762832Alico Arena450062.9%
3/2/2018MACMiami (OH)66Ohio752900Millett Hall640045.3%
2/28/2018SouthlandSF Austin76Abil Christian562912Johnson Coliseum720340.4%
2/28/2018Mountain WestColorado State87New Mexico1082917Moby Arena874533.4%
3/4/2018Patriot LeagueBucknell90Boston U592925Sojka Pavilion400073.1%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10UMass85Duquesne752953William D. Mullins Memorial Center949331.1%
3/3/2018Big SkyMontana State92Weber State952957Brick Breeden Fieldhouse725040.8%
3/3/2018Mountain WestAir Force83San Jose State613018Clune Arena585851.5%
3/1/2018MEACNC Central70NC A&T593036McDougald-McLendon Arena350086.7%
2/27/2018MACKent State90Miami (OH)833074MAC Center632748.6%
3/3/2018Pac 12Washington St67Oregon State923148Friel Court1205826.1%
3/1/2018Conference USAUAB91Marshall773156Bartow Arena850837.1%
3/1/2018The AmericanECU58Tulsa723205Minges Coliseum800040.1%
3/3/2018America EastVermont75Maine603266Patrick Gymnasium3228101.2%
3/1/2018Conference USACharlotte83UL Lafayette893305Halton Arena910536.3%
3/1/2018Atlantic SunFGCU95North Florida723321Alico Arena450073.8%
3/2/2018Sun BeltTexas State82UT Arlington853356Strahan Coliseum720046.6%
3/3/2018Conference USARice60UTSA793738Tudor Fieldhouse575065.0%
3/3/2018Conference USANorth Texas66UTEP683744UNT Coliseum1004037.3%
3/4/2018Big SouthRadford55Liberty523859Donald N. Dedmon Center3205120.4%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10Saint Joe's78La Salle704200Hagan Arena4200100.0%
2/26/2018MEACMorgan State69Coppin State564246Hill Field House425099.9%
3/2/2018Horizon LeagueCleveland State72Youngstown St714248Little Caesars Arena2049120.7%
3/3/2018Western AthleticUtah Valley73Seattle474271UCCU Center850050.2%
3/3/2018Ohio ValleyMurray State68Belmont514280Ford Center1000042.8%
3/1/2018Conference USANorth Texas80UTSA624283UNT Coliseum1004042.7%
3/2/2018MACToledo69E Michigan714291Savage Arena900047.7%
3/1/2018Sun BeltLouisiana85Arkansas State744307Cajundome1350031.9%
3/2/2018MACAkron67Kent State654349James A. Rhodes Arena550079.1%
3/3/2018Conference USAUAB101W Kentucky734363Bartow Arena850851.3%
3/4/2018The AmericanUCF60Tulane514420CFE Arena946546.7%
3/2/2018Atlantic 10Davidson63URI614442John M. Belk Arena522385.0%
3/1/2018MEACNorfolk State71Hampton744500Echols Hall700064.3%
3/3/2018Conference USACharlotte85FAU784587Halton Arena910550.4%
3/4/2018Atlantic SunFGCU96Lipscomb1084633Alico Arena4500103.0%
3/4/2018Colonial AthleticWilliam & Mary80Towson664672North Charleston Coliseum1147540.7%
3/3/2018Big SkyMontana75Idaho State644712Dahlberg Arena732164.4%
3/3/2018SouthernMercer53Wofford734863U.S. Cellular Center (NC)765463.5%
3/1/2018Big SkyMontana75Weber State574922Dahlberg Arena732167.2%
3/1/2018MEACFlorida A&M77Bethune-Cookman895217Al Lawson Center847061.6%
3/4/2018The AmericanHouston81UConn715237H&PE Arena810064.7%
3/3/2018Sun BeltLouisiana61Little Rock725275Cajundome1350039.1%
3/4/2018The AmericanTulsa76Temple585303Reynolds Center835563.5%
2/26/2018Big EastGeorgetown86Marquette905375Capital One Arena2035626.4%
3/3/2018SouthernFurman97W Carolina735431U.S. Cellular Center (NC)765471.0%
3/4/2018SouthernETSU63Furman525546U.S. Cellular Center (NC)765472.5%
2/28/2018Atlantic 10Richmond90UMass655618Robins Center907161.9%
2/28/2018ACCBoston College85Syracuse705718Silvio Conte Forum860666.4%
2/28/2018Mountain WestWyoming66Air Force545731Arena-Auditorium1502838.1%
3/3/2018Mountain WestUtah State79UNLV675853Dee Glen Smith Spectrum1027057.0%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10George Mason79Richmond935895EagleBank Arena1000059.0%
3/1/2018The AmericanUCF71Wichita State755930CFE Arena946562.7%
3/1/2018The AmericanMemphis51USF755945FedExForum1811932.8%
2/27/2018MACOhio75Bowling Green596108Convocation Center (OH)1301046.9%
3/3/2018Horizon LeagueN Kentucky80Cleveland State896276Little Caesars Arena2049130.6%
3/2/2018Missouri ValleyDrake61Bradley636410Scottrade Center2200029.1%
2/28/2018SECGeorgia60Texas A&M616417Stegeman Coliseum1120057.3%
3/3/2018SECOle Miss69Vanderbilt826447The Pavilion at Ole Miss950067.9%
3/4/2018The AmericanMemphis90ECU706474FedExForum1811935.7%
3/1/2018Conference USAOld Dominion69FAU646673Ted Constant Convocation Center952070.1%
2/27/2018Big 12TCU66Kansas State596682Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena720192.8%
2/28/2018The AmericanSMU56Houston696782Moody Coliseum899875.4%
3/1/2018ACCGeorgia Tech78NC State756907McCamish Pavilion919175.1%
3/3/2018West CoastSan Francisco71Pacific707142Orleans Arena747195.6%
3/3/2018ACCMiami69Virginia Tech687164Watsco Center797289.9%
2/27/2018Atlantic 10URI48Saint Joe's787186Ryan Center765793.8%
2/27/2018Big 12Baylor87Oklahoma647334Ferrell Center1034770.9%
3/3/2018Western AthleticGrand Canyon81CSU Bakersfield687372GCU Arena7000105.3%
3/3/2018ACCGeorgia Tech64Wake Forest567422McCamish Pavilion919180.8%
2/27/2018SECMiss St54Tennessee767548Humphrey Coliseum1057571.4%
2/28/2018Atlantic 10VCU80George Mason817637Stuart C. Siegel Center7637100.0%
2/28/2018The AmericanUConn72Temple667674Gampel Pavilion1016775.5%
3/3/2018Conference USAOld Dominion79FIU537879Ted Constant Convocation Center952082.8%
3/3/2018Big EastDePaul62Xavier657972Wintrust Arena1038776.7%
3/4/2018Missouri ValleyLoyola-Chicago65Illinois State498056Scottrade Center2200036.6%
3/3/2018Missouri ValleyS Illinois68Illinois State768415Scottrade Center2200038.3%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10Saint Louis56St Bonaventure648542Chaifetz Arena1060080.6%
2/27/2018SECVanderbilt66Missouri748812Memorial Gymnasium (Vandy)1562656.4%
2/28/2018ACCNotre Dame73Pitt569007Purcell Pavilion914998.4%
3/3/2018SECLSU78Miss St579067Pete Maravich Assembly Center1435163.2%
3/3/2018SECAuburn79South Carolina709121Auburn Arena9121100.0%
2/26/2018ACCVirginia Tech64Duke639275Cassell Coliseum984794.2%
3/3/2018ACCDuke74UNC649314Cameron Indoor Stadium9314100.0%
3/3/2018Big EastSeton Hall77Butler709743Prudential Center1762555.3%
3/3/2018ACCFlorida State85Boston College769825Donald L. Tucker Center1210081.2%
3/3/2018Pac 12Washington64Oregon729912Alaska Airlines Arena1296176.5%
3/3/2018Conference USAMid Tennessee67Marshall7610050Murphy Athletic Center1180785.1%
3/3/2018Big 12Kansas State77Baylor6710299Bramlage Coliseum1376274.8%
3/3/2018Mountain WestBoise State95Wyoming8710303Taco Bell Arena1248082.6%
3/4/2018The AmericanWichita State61Cincinnati6210506Charles Koch Arena10506100.0%
3/3/2018SECFlorida80Kentucky6710558Exactech Arena1200088.0%
2/28/2018Big EastXavier84Providence7410715Cintas Center10250104.5%
3/3/2018SECTexas A&M68Alabama6610755Reed Arena1298982.8%
2/28/2018SECSouth Carolina83LSU7411269Colonial Life Arena1800062.6%
3/1/2018Conference USAMid Tennessee82W Kentucky6411307Murphy Athletic Center1180795.8%
3/3/2018Big 12Texas87West Virginia7911364Frank Erwin Center1683767.5%
3/1/2018Pac 12Arizona State84Cal5311737Wells Fargo Arena (AZ)1410083.2%
3/3/2018Pac 12Arizona State83Stanford8411895Wells Fargo Arena (AZ)1410084.4%
2/27/2018SECAlabama52Florida7312282Coleman Coliseum1538379.8%
3/3/2018Big 12Oklahoma State82Kansas6412482Gallagher-Iba Arena1361191.7%
3/3/2018Big EastProvidence61St John's5712627Dunkin Donuts Center12400101.8%
3/3/2018Big 12Texas Tech79TCU7512871United Supermarkets Arena1502085.7%
3/3/2018Atlantic 10Dayton88G Washington7813350University of Dayton Arena1343599.4%
2/28/2018Big EastSeton Hall68Villanova6913711Prudential Center1762577.8%
3/3/2018Pac 12Utah64Colorado5413751Jon M. Huntsman Center1500091.7%
3/1/2018Big TenMichigan77Iowa7113815Madison Square Garden1981269.7%
3/3/2018ACCUVA62Notre Dame5714205John Paul Jones Arena1459397.3%
2/27/2018Big 12Iowa State71Oklahoma State8014258Hilton Coliseum1435699.3%
3/2/2018Big TenNebraska58Michigan7714260Madison Square Garden1981272.0%
3/4/2018Big TenPurdue66Michigan7515063Madison Square Garden1981276.0%
2/27/2018SECArkansas91Auburn8215733Bud Walton Arena2032077.4%
2/26/2018Big 12Kansas80Texas7016300Allen Fieldhouse16300100.0%
2/27/2018Big EastCreighton82DePaul5718191CenturyLink Center Omaha17100106.4%
3/3/2018Big EastMarquette85Creighton8118221BMO Harris Bradley Center17845102.1%
3/3/2018Big EastVillanova97Georgetown7318523Wells Fargo Center2160085.8%
3/3/2018ACCNC State76Louisville6918975PNC Arena18680101.6%
3/1/2018ACCLouisville66UVA6719413KFC Yum! Center2209087.9%
3/3/2018Big TenMichigan State64Michigan7519812Madison Square Garden19812100.0%
3/3/2018Big TenPurdue78Penn State7019812Madison Square Garden19812100.0%
2/27/2018ACCUNC88Miami9120251Dean E. Smith Center2175093.1%
2/28/2018SECKentucky96Ole Miss7822108Rupp Arena2350094.1%
3/3/2018SECTennessee66Georgia6122237Thompson-Boling Arena21678102.6%
3/3/2018ACCSyracuse55Clemson5228670Carrier Dome3544680.9%

 

  1. If you’re mousing over here to ask which one, I’m sort of impressed but also disappointed that you don’t know they were both union losses