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Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: Illini Rank 15th Nationally in Home Attendance in 2013-14

Earlier this week, the NCAA released the attendance numbers for the 2014 Men’s Basketball season.

Based on the figures, the Illinois Fighting Illini came in 15th nationally for home attendance and overall attendance (home, road, and neutral) in 2014.

Illinois averaged a total of 15,246 fans and saw 243,931 fans enter the State Farm Center in their sixteen home games this past season. The Illini also had 484,780 total fans watch them in all their 35 games (home, road, and neutral).

Per fightingillini.com, the Illinois Fighting Illini “have now ranked in the top 17 nationally in home attendance for 15 consecutive seasons, and in the top 25 for 36 years in a row.”

The Big Ten Conference also saw a record-breaking season for home attendance in 2014. The Big Ten averaged 13,534 fans per home game this season which is an NCAA record among all conferences.

They also saw 2,896,322 fans come to their 214 games which is more than the ACC (2,846,379 in 267 games), Big 12 (1,793,617 in 171 games), SEC (2,629,593 in 254 games), Big East (1,660,570 in 171 games), and Pac-12 (1,637,406 in 217 games).

The conference also saw nine of its twelve teams finish in the Top 25 nationally for home attendance in 2014.

The nine Big Ten teams in the Top 25 include: Michigan (24), Purdue (23), Michigan State (18), Iowa (19), Illinois (15), Nebraska (13), Ohio State (8), Wisconsin (7), and Indiana (6).

The Big Ten will also add Maryland and Rutger this upcoming season. Maryland finished 26th nationally in 2014. Rutgers did not make the Top 100 as they averaged 4,425 fans at their home games last season.

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