K-State Again Among National Leaders in Attendance

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State has ranked among the Top 35 in men’s basketball attendance for the eighth time in the last nine years, as the NCAA released its attendance figures for the 2014-15 season.

The Wildcats attracted 12,549 fans per game to 17 home games this past season to rank 26th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,383 fans, which placed seventh in the country, while Iowa State (14,295) also ranked in the Top 20 at No. 19. In all, seven Big 12 schools ranked among the Top 60.

The 12,549 average ranks fourth in school history with eight of the school’s Top 10 attendance averages coming since 2006-07. Overall, K-State drew 213,337 fans to its 17 home games in 2014-15, which marked the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans.

K-State has now placed among the Top 35 in national attendance 13 times since the rankings started in 1970. The school ranked a program-best 10th in 1969-70 (11,790) and was 21st in 1979-80 (10,804) and 22nd in 1977-78 (11,055) and 1981-82 (10,832). In the past nine years, the program has been rated 24th in 2012-13 (12,528), 25th in 2007-08 (12,529) and 2011-12 (12,783), 26th in 2006-07 (12,301) and 2010-11 (12,652), 29th in 2013-14 (12,125) and 31st in 2009-10 (11,884) in the rankings.

The Wildcats continue to possess one of the top home atmospheres in the country as K-State is one of 22 schools nationally to have played in front of an average of more than 12,000 fans for five consecutive seasons. The school has won more than 75 percent of its games in Bramlage Coliseum’s 27-year history, including a 127-23 (.847) record over the past nine seasons at home and a 69-5 (.932) mark in non-conference play.

Syracuse led the nation in attendance with an average of 23,854 fans per game, while Kentucky (23,572), Louisville (21,386), North Carolina (19,582) and Wisconsin (17,279) rounded out the Top 5.

The Big 12 ranked fourth nationally among all conference with an average of 10,181 fans per game, trailing the Big Ten (12,781), ACC (11,368) and SEC (10,819). In all, the league drew 1,771,483 fans to 174 contests in 2014-15.

K-State was one of 13 schools nationally and one of just two Big 12 schools to have both its men’s and women’s basketball programs finish in the Top 30 nationally in attendance, as the Wildcats finished 24th in women’s attendance with an average of 4,039 fans. K-State was joined on the list by Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The Wildcats will return seven lettermen, including four players with starting experience, in 2015-16 to go with the influx of seven newcomers, including PARADE All-American Dean Wade (St. John, Kansas/St. John) and NJCAA First Team All-American Carlbe Ervin II (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Connors State College). Senior guard Justin Edwards (6.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) is the team’s top returner in both scoring and steals (37), while junior forward Wesley Iwundu (5.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.) is the leading returner in rebounding (108), assists (61), blocks (20) and minutes (780).
   
Season tickets for the 2015-16 home schedule, which will include at least 18 games, are currently on-sale in the K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased in a variety of ways, including by phone at (800) 221.CATS, online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.