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IU ranks 12th in the country in 2018-19 men's basketball attendance



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Students cheer on IU basketball arriving on the court for the second round of the NIT against University of Arkansas on March 23 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Arkansas, 63-60. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

IU found itself ranked 12th in the country with an average of 15,206 fans per game in a report released by the NCAA regarding the top attendance in college basketball.

IU's total attendance in 21 home games, which includes three postseason NIT games, was more than 319,335, the fifth-highest total in college basketball.

Syracuse University ranked first with a total of 417,852 — with an average of 21,992 per game — making it the only school to eclipse the 400,000 mark.

IU was the third Big Ten team on the list behind Wisconsin, fifth, and Nebraska, 10th. IU was just ahead of Michigan State and Purdue, which were 13th and 14th respectively.

The Big Ten as a whole was the number one conference with an average of 12,691 fans.

IU also ranked ninth among all NCAA Division I teams with 501,092 fans seeing the Hoosiers play at home, on the road and in neutral games.

It marks the eighth straight season the Hoosiers have ranked among the top 15 teams average attendance in the country.

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