NCAA Basketball Attendance, Conference Championship Week: Still Three Below 1000!

Conference tournaments wrapped up this week, and with it our weekly column comes to a wrap.  Next week we’ll have a review of the full season, but there was still some great #content this week.  Despite many of the smaller conferences, including AMSTS’ arch-enemy Conference USA not reporting attendance, some of the lower attended games were not reported.  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: 3 (Season total: 727)

Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week:

  1. Northern Colorado vs Northern Arizona– In the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament, the 5th seeded Bears hosted the 12th seeded Lumberjacks with only 986 in attendance at the Reno Events Center.  Even with being heavy favorites in the first round, few showed up to see the team advance by a margin of 82-59. Northern Colorado went all the way to the semi-finals where they took the eventual champion Montana Grizzlies to overtime.  Your action-dunk shot:
  1.  Lamar vs Central Arkansas – The first round of the Southland saw the Cardinals of Lamar face off against the Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas. With 970 in Katy, Texas to watch the game, the 7th seeded UCA took the 67-57 victory to advance before being eliminated in the next round by eventual champions Stephen F. Austin. An action shot:
  1. Western Michigan vs Akron – And at the bottom spot this week, an opening round matchup in the MAC Conference Tournament. Western Michigan hosted Akron in front of only 897 of their home fans.  Those who weren’t in attendance were the big winners as the Broncos got sent home with the L in a nailbiter, 79-78. Akron went on to lose in the next round to Eastern Michigan.


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


Smallest Power 5 Conference attendance: Stanford (vs Cal), 8,619.

Average attendance this week: 8,160 (of those that reported… that would be up 2,691 [49.2%] from last week)


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

DateConferenceHome TeamHome ScoreAway TeamAway ScoreAttendanceVenueCapacity% Full
3/5/2018MACW Michigan78Akron79897University Arena (MI)542116.5%
3/7/2018SouthlandLamar57Cent Arkansas67970Leonard E. Merrell Center720013.5%
3/6/2018Big SkyN Colorado82N Arizona59986Reno Events Center700014.1%
3/8/2018Big SkyWeber State55N Colorado801110Reno Events Center700015.9%
3/9/2018SWACAR-Pine Bluff71Southern651325DELMAR FIELDHOUSE540024.5%
3/10/2018Big SkyMontana82E Washington651378Reno Events Center700019.7%
3/9/2018Sun BeltGa Southern63UL Monroe551462Lakefront Arena1000014.6%
3/8/2018Western AthleticGrand Canyon77UMKC741508Orleans Arena747120.2%
3/8/2018Western AthleticUtah Valley81CSU Bakersfield741508Orleans Arena747120.2%
3/5/2018MACMiami (OH)68Ohio551752Millett Hall640027.4%
3/8/2018SouthlandSF Austin86Cent Arkansas641839Leonard E. Merrell Center720025.5%
3/5/2018MACCent Michigan81Bowling Green771910McGuirk Arena530036.0%
3/10/2018SWACAR-Pine Bluff69Texas Southern841933DELMAR FIELDHOUSE540035.8%
3/8/2018MACBall State73Kent State762023Quicken Loans Arena205629.8%
3/5/2018MACKent State61N Illinois592024MAC Center632732.0%
3/6/2018America EastUMBC75Hartford602234RAC Arena402455.5%
3/6/2018NortheastWagner61LIU Brooklyn712330Spiro Sports Center2100111.0%
3/6/2018SWACTexas Southern90Alabama State762481H&PE Arena810030.6%
3/9/2018SouthlandNicholls66SF Austin782545Leonard E. Merrell Center720035.3%
3/8/2018MACE Michigan67Akron582605Quicken Loans Arena2056212.7%
3/6/2018America EastVermont70Stony Brook513266Patrick Gymnasium3228101.2%
3/10/2018America EastVermont62UMBC653266Patrick Gymnasium3228101.2%
3/10/2018SouthlandSE Louisiana55SF Austin593279Leonard E. Merrell Center720045.5%
3/5/2018MAACIona83Fairfield713329Times Union Center1522921.9%
3/7/2018Patriot LeagueBucknell83Colgate543946Sojka Pavilion400098.7%
3/5/2018Colonial AthleticNortheastern79UNC Wilmington524099North Charleston Coliseum1147535.7%
3/9/2018MACToledo64E Michigan634625Quicken Loans Arena2056222.5%
3/7/2018Mountain WestWyoming74San Jose State614994Thomas & Mack Center1877626.6%
3/6/2018SWACAR-Pine Bluff77Miss Valley St735305H. O. Clemmons Arena4500117.9%
3/7/2018Atlantic 10G Washington78Fordham725333Capital One Arena2035626.2%
3/10/2018MACBuffalo76Toledo665633Quicken Loans Arena2056227.4%
3/8/2018Atlantic 10George Mason80UMass756483Capital One Arena2035631.8%
3/8/2018Atlantic 10Saint Louis70G Washington636514Capital One Arena2035632.0%
3/8/2018Mountain WestFresno State52San Diego State646753Thomas & Mack Center1877636.0%
3/9/2018Atlantic 10Saint Joe's68George Mason497321Capital One Arena2035636.0%
3/7/2018MEACBethune-Cookman77Morgan State787523Norfolk Scope Arena1100068.4%
3/6/2018Horizon LeagueWright State74Cleveland State577595Little Caesars Arena2049137.1%
3/9/2018Atlantic 10Davidson78Saint Louis607664Capital One Arena2035637.6%
3/8/2018The AmericanMemphis79USF777856Amway Center2000039.3%
3/6/2018Colonial AthleticCharleston83Northeastern767945North Charleston Coliseum1147569.2%
3/6/2018West CoastGonzaga74BYU548030Orleans Arena7471107.5%
3/10/2018Mountain WestNew Mexico75San Diego State828456Thomas & Mack Center1877645.0%
3/9/2018The AmericanTulsa64Memphis678491Amway Center2000042.5%
3/7/2018Pac 12Stanford76Cal588619T-Mobile Arena1800047.9%
3/10/2018The AmericanWichita State74Houston778644Amway Center2000043.2%
3/10/2018Atlantic 10St Bonaventure70Davidson828756Capital One Arena2035643.0%
3/8/2018MEACNC A&T70Norfolk State649010Norfolk Scope Arena1100081.9%
3/6/2018ACCSyracuse73Wake Forest6410612Barclays Center1773259.8%
3/6/2018Summit LeagueSouth Dakota St97South Dakota8711114Denny Sanford Premier Center1200092.6%
3/8/2018SECMissouri60Georgia6215129Scottrade Center2200068.8%
3/8/2018Pac 12UCLA88Stanford7715182T-Mobile Arena1800084.3%
3/9/2018SECKentucky62Georgia4916364Scottrade Center2200074.4%
3/7/2018Big EastGeorgetown77St John's8816866Madison Square Garden1981285.1%
3/8/2018Big EastCreighton68Providence7217647Madison Square Garden1981289.1%
3/10/2018Big 12Kansas81West Virginia7017718Sprint Center1897293.4%
3/7/2018ACCNC State87Boston College9117732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/7/2018ACCVirginia Tech65Notre Dame7117732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/8/2018ACCUVA75Louisville5817732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/8/2018ACCClemson90Boston College8217732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/8/2018ACCDuke88Notre Dame7017732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/8/2018ACCMiami65UNC8217732Barclays Center17732100.0%
3/7/2018Big 12Texas68Iowa State6417752Sprint Center1897293.6%
3/8/2018Big 12Kansas82Oklahoma State6817903Sprint Center1897294.4%
3/10/2018ACCUVA71UNC6318157Barclays Center17732102.4%
3/10/2018SECTennessee84Arkansas6618729Scottrade Center2200085.1%
3/8/2018Big EastVillanova94Marquette7019812Madison Square Garden19812100.0%
3/10/2018Big EastVillanova76Providence6619812Madison Square Garden19812100.0%