College Basketball


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 ...


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: Northern Colorado vs […]

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



The final AMSTS Computer Rankings are out and with them, all the help you need for your bracket.   Why pick the AMSTS Computer Rankings? They’re computer rankings, so there’s no inherent bias for or against a team. If a matchup is favorable, it will not hold a personal grudge against one of the teams. As far as computer rankings go, the AMSTS Computer Rankings are one of the best.  We are consistently in the top 5 of Ken Massey’s matrix of computer rankings. It gives you three options with which to base your decisions: The win model, based on […]

NCAA 2018 Tournament Bracket: How To Use the AMSTS Computer ...


It’s the best time of the year, and lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon one of the best sources NCAA Basketball information for 2018 March Madness.  With a consistent appearance in the Massey Ratings’ Top 5, AMSTS’ computer metrics are second-to-none. Anyway, you’re here for bracket advice. So let’s go with a rundown of teams most likely to upset and those most likely to be upset. The bad news? It’s unlikely we’ll see the first 16 seed upset of a 1 this season, because even though the top of the league isn’t that good, the bottom teams are pretty wretched.  […]

2018 NCAA Tournament: Which Teams Are Going to Upset and ...


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 Loyola (MD) vs Army – In the first round of the Patriot League tournament, Loyola hosted Army and only 413 showed up.  […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance Week 17: A Game Behind Closed Doors