College Basketball


Filling up the out of conference schedule proves itself to be a challenge for the lower levels of Division 1 basketball teams. With a desire to host a few out of conference games, many schools turn to lower level teams to fill the seats. Unfortunately, for our teams this week, that strategy didn’t pay off. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 38 (Season total: 260) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Wofford vs Johnson and Wales – After coming off an upset win over Georgia Tech, one would expect that there’d be […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance, 2017 Week 5: D-3 Disasters and NAIA ...


The off-campus tournaments are over, and the students have filed back to campus. Though that wasn’t much help for one school, which made a double dip on the list this week. Though hopefully the on-court results will lead to more fans in attendance in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 52 (Season total: 222) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Presbyterian vs North Carolina A&T – One of Presbyerian’s big wins on the week, this one was a 73-70 victory over NC A&T. Though only 278 were in attendance, […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance Week 4: Presbyterian Back to Back Buzzer ...


Another week of off-campus tournaments, with Thanksgiving keeping people off campus and ADs wanting to avoid appearing on the AMSTS Bottom Three have scheduled themselves on the Caribbean Island of their choice to compete in an Island classic. Unfortunately for some, there are only so many islands that can attract fans over Thanksgiving, and other teams are forced to mainland tournaments in scenic outposts like Greensboro, NC and Conway, SC..  As we can see this week, with a sub-100 attended game, it isn’t always a big draw. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 81 […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance: 2017 Season Week 3: A Sub-100 Game



The college basketball season has begun, and with it the influx of “prestigious” early season tournaments.  As a result of this, we saw 89 games this week with fewer than 1,000 fans reported.  And that’s just the number that’s reported. Butts-in-seats numbers were probably much less! Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 89 (Season total: 89) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Presbyterian vs Johnson University (TN) – Presbyterian, who got their fame a few years back as a new team within D and their willingness to play anyone, anywhere (for a payday) hosted their season […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance: 2017 Weeks One & Two: Out of ...


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 […]

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


It’s NCAA Tournament time, and while many of us are focused on the bracket, there’s a hidden behind-the-scenes major logistics operation going on as the NCAA charters basketball teams all around the country to partake in the big dance.   Before we get into the winners and losers, let me explain my methodology, because every year I have people ask about it even when I explain it in the article. Maybe putting it higher up will get people to read. I take the nearest commercial (or charter-sized, as is the case for Michigan and YIP) airport and use it as […]

The Road To The Championship: How Far Each 2017 NCAA ...



Ride that Wichita State seeding. Ride it hard. Both the Win and Points Rating agree that Wichita State is the easy favorite going into their matchup with Dayton, and could certainly shock Kentucky in the second round. Here are some quick hits on what the computers think about upsets going into the tournament, as well as some of the closest games. Later this week we’ll have the full AMSTS Computer Brackets! Win Rating says Points Rating Says 16 Seed Most Likely to Win Texas Southern (5% chance) NC Central (-19 points) 15 Seed Most Likely to Win Northern Kentucky (7% […]

The 2017 NCAA Tournament’s First Round Bracket Breakdown, According to ...


Not much shifting at the top end, with UK and UCLA switching spots, and Arizona up 2, while Duke climbs 6 to rejoin the Top 10. The bottom five had even less movement with nobody changing. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 19 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas Kentucky (+1) UCLA (-1) UNC Arizona (+2) Oregon Duke (+6) Louisville (-3) Division 1 Bottom 5: Alabama A&M NC A&T St. Francis (BKN) Florida A&M Arkansas-Pine Bluff Top gainers since last week: Marshall (+22) Kent State (+21) NC Central (+18) ECU (+14) North […]

Pre-Tournament AMSTS NCAA Basketball Rankings Are Out!


The Patriot League isn’t known for its arenas full of crazy fans, and for good reason. Last week, four of the five lowest attended games in all of Division 1 took place on Patriot League courts. Things weren’t too rosy in major conferences either though, with the most surprising attendance figure coming out of the state of Washington. The Cougars hosted the Huskies and only 5,003 folks showed up to watch the two rivals face-off. As for everyone in between? Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 21 (Season total: 673) Here are the 3 […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance Week 18: No Love For Pac 12 ...



Not much shifting at the top end, but Louisville and Duke dropped after losses this week. On the bottom end, a shuffling puts NC A&T at the very bottom, dethroning Alabama A&M who had owned the bottom spot for a while. Central Michigan continued their slide, appearing in the biggest losers for he third straight week, having dropped over 65 spots in less than a month. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 16 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas UCLA (+1) UNC (+1) Kentucky (+1) Louisville […]

AMSTS NCAA College Basketball Week 17 Rankings Are Out!


South Carolina Upstate has the smallest arena in NCAA Division I men’s basketball with a capacity of 878. But this week’s bottom three attendance doesn’t involve the Spartans of USC-U, who drew 517 and 837 to their two games this week. With those totals, South Carolina Upstate outdrew two other South Carolina schools, whose game attendances would’ve fit into SC-Upstate’s arena with 100+ to spare. Let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 46 (Season total: 626) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: 3. Presbyterian vs Gardner-Webb – Only 409 showed up on Saturday, and it got […]

NCAA Basketball Week 16: Nobody in South Carolina Watches Basketball


Baylor plummets out of the top 10 with the loss at Texas Tech (and maybe the loss at KU a little bit). While on the bottom, local taco supporter St. Francis of Brooklyn joins the bottom five for the first time this season. Everyone else? You can view all 351 teams ranked in our AMSTS Week 16 rankings here. The highlights this week: Division 1 Top 10: Gonzaga Villanova Kansas (+1) Louisville (+1) UCLA (+2) UNC (+3) Kentucky (-1) Duke (+3) Florida (+3) Oregon (+4) Division 1 Bottom 5: Alabama A&M NC A&T Mississippi Valley State (-1) St. Francis (BKN) […]

AMSTS NCAA College Basketball Week 16 Rankings Are Out!