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MVC or AAC, Wichita State’s basketball attendance is No. 1

The Shockers rank No. 34 nationally in average home attendance at 10,738.
The Shockers rank No. 34 nationally in average home attendance at 10,738. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State led the Missouri Valley Conference in men’s basketball attendance.

It also led the American Athletic Conference schools in NCAA statistics released Tuesday.

The Shockers rank No. 34 nationally in average home attendance at 10,738. WSU played 17 home games, 16 at Koch Arena (capacity 10,506) and one at Intrust Bank Arena (15,004).

Illinois State is No. 90 at 5,943 with Bradley six spots back with an average attendance of 5,487. That’s all for the MVC, Wichita State’s old home, in the top 100.

Wichita State joined the AAC on July 1.

No. 42 Cincinnati leads the rest of the AAC at 9,865. No. 46 Memphis averaged 9,622 with No. 52 Connecticut at 8,505 and No. 76 SMU (6,899).

The American Athletic Conference ranked ninth at 5,744 for all schools with the Missouri Valley Conference next at 5,010.

The AAC’s tournament, held in Hartford, Conn, drew 5,811 fans on average. The MVC drew an average of 9,339 in St. Louis, helped by several thousand Shocker fans each game.

Kansas ranked No. 8 (16,395) with Kansas State No. 29 (11,477).

The Big 12’s average of 10,427 ranked fourth. The Big 10’s attendance of 12,235 led all 32 NCAA Division I conferences.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

Going to games

American Athletic Conference average men’s basketball attendance.

Cincinnati 9,865

Memphis 9,622

Connecticut 8,505

SMU 6,899

Temple 5,805

Central Florida 4,620

Tulsa 4,325

Houston 4,114

East Carolina 4,005

South Florida 2,585

Tulane 1,707

Missouri Valley Conference average men’s basketball attendance.

Wichita State 10,738

Illinois State 5,943

Bradley 5,487

Northern Iowa 4,535

Missouri State 4,185

Evansville 4,115

Indiana State 3,945

Drake 2,843

Loyola 1,861

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