College Basketball


MLK Weekend and every team in the nation (except 53) decided to be a part of a game on Saturday, the busiest NCAA Basketball day of the season with 150 games on the docket. Despite that, only a handful on Monday during the day. But let’s look at last week, where we crossed the 500 mark of count of games with fewer than 1,000 in attendance. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 46 (Season total: 514) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: UMass-Lowell vs Albany – Only 411 […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 11: Busiest Game Day of ...


School is back in session, and conference play has begun. Teams no longer have an excuse, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see low attendance for a while. Our bottom three attended games this week all fell below 350 fans, despite all three of them being extremely competitive. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 59 (Season total: 468) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: New Hampshire vs UMass-Lowell – Only 340 in the crowd to see the Wildcats host the Riverhawks in New Hampshire, but they were […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 10: Close Games, No Crowds


The last two weeks have had schools out of session and the Christmas holiday, meaning that many games took place in neutral sites. Because of that, we’ve combined weeks seven and eight into one post. But don’t worry, we have a cameo appearance by a major trophy. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 55 (Season total: 409) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Stetson vs Edward Waters – Stetson makes its second appearance in the bottom three with only 290 on hand to watch them take on the […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Weeks 7 & 8: New Year, ...



The last two weeks have had schools out of session and the Christmas holiday, meaning that many games took place in neutral sites. Because of that, we’ve combined weeks seven and eight into one post. But don’t worry, we have a cameo appearance by a major trophy. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 79 (Season total: 354) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Liberty vs Alabama State – A neutral site tournament taking place in St. Petersburg, Florida made two appearances in the bottom three this week, with […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Weeks 7 & 8: Christmas Neutral ...


With the neutral sites behind us, attendance was up almost 40% as teams returned to campus. Traditionally these few weeks signify a bit of a dead cat bounce in NCAA Basketball Attendance before the plummet after final exams in mid-December.  That said, with our lowest attended game still over 300 fans, this week was nothing short of remarkable.   Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 47 (Season total: 259) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Chicago State vs Trinity (IL) – Our first game of the bottom three involves […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 5: Sub-100 in Mississippi


With the neutral sites behind us, attendance was up almost 40% as teams returned to campus. Traditionally these few weeks signify a bit of a dead cat bounce in NCAA Basketball Attendance before the plummet after final exams in mid-December.  That said, with our lowest attended game still over 300 fans, this week was nothing short of remarkable.   Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 49 (Season total: 212) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Presbyterian vs St. Francis (NY) – 409 showed up to Ross E. Templeton PE […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 4: Back on Campus



Thanksgiving week was upon us, and it was the second week of neutral site tournaments.  After a mild first week, the Thanksgiving week neutral site games blew everything out of the water, including the second lowest attended NCAA Basketball game we’ve ever had since we started tracking attendance in 2014, and the lowest attended game featuring two Division I teams.  Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 72 (Season total: 163) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week Jacksonville State vs North Florida – Only 121 showed up to see […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 3: Fifty Fans For D1 ...


With the way NCAA rules are written, teams are allowed to play an additional three extra games in the case of a so-called “Exempt tournament”.  As a result of this, the Maui Invitational and Great Alaska Shootout have since exploded into dozens of tournaments with almost every Division I team participating.  Ultimately, the bigger name tournaments do well and have plenty of good matchups, but some of the other ones?  Woof.  We’re talking fewer than 100 in attendance for some of these games.   So what if, for one year, we made the tournaments more interesting?  Why not throw every […]

Let’s Replace College Basketball Early Season Tournaments With Nickname Battles ...


The second week of college basketball brings with it plenty of neutral site tournaments, many of the lower ones played on random campuses sprinkled throughout the nation.  That’s one of the reasons we saw so many games below 500 in attendance, so let’s get into it right now: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 67 (Season total: 91) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week UC-Davis vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Only 150 were in attendance in Arlington, Texas for the neutral site game between the Aggies and the Islanders.  The game went to overtime before […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 2:



College basketball is back, and with it we bring you our weekly update on attendance.  As in most years, the first week of the season does fairly well, with all 353 Division I teams holding on to their dreams of winning (or maybe just making) the NCAA Tournament.  Let’s begin our journey through NCAA Basketball’s 2018-19 season, shall we? Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 24 (Season total: 24) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week St. Francis (NY) vs Medgar Evans – The Terriers of Brooklyn took on the Medgar Evans Cougars of Division III, […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 1: The Journey Begins!


For every week this year, we reviewed the lowest attendance throughout college basketball. Ultimately, we set a new record for lowest attended college basketball game ever, while a game that was closed to the public managed to still outdraw a dozen games this season. This year, the average D-I college basketball game was attended by 4,686 people, while the median attendance was 2,733. The mode? 7,637. We’ll get to that in a minute. Overall, 41 of 351 teams (that’s 11.7%, you know) averaged fewer than 1,000 fans per game, while 39 (11.1%) averaged above 10,000 fans per game. Of all […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance: 2017-2018 Season in Review!


We’ve heard it before: The Road to the Final Four is long and painful.  But exactly how long is it?  For some of the teams, it seems like they always get opening round games right down the road.  For the rest of us, it seems like our team has to cross nine time zones to even get to the Sweet 16. Well, I did the work so you didn’t have to. Using some base assumptions, I plugged in the numbers to see who, exactly, has the longest way still to go.  The answer may surprise you.   Assumptions: During the […]

The Long Road to the 2018 Final Four: How Far ...