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Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Led Nation in 2012-13 Men's Basketball Attendance

John Calipari
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The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team did not have a great 2012-13 season. Fresh off a national championship, they finished 21-12 and had a disappointing run in the National Invitational Tournament.

The Louisville Cardinals, on the other hand, finished 35-5 and won the national title.

But the Wildcats still averaged more fans at their home games—more than UofL and every other college basketball team in the nation, according to data released by the NCAA. The Cardinals and the Indiana Hoosiers made the top five.

Here's the Top 10 from NCAA.com:

School Games Attendance Average

1. Kentucky 18 415,775 23,099

2. Syracuse 19 426,347 22,439

3. Louisville 16 345,129 21,571

4. North Carolina 16 309,603 19,350

5. Indiana 19 330,832 17,412

6. Creighton 17 291,643 17,155

7. Wisconsin 18 303,172 16,843

8. Tennessee 17 282,794 16,635

9. Ohio St. 18 297,428 16,524

10. Kansas 18 295,889 16,438

For what it's worth, Syracuse finished 30-10, North Carolina finished 25-11 and Indiana finished 29-7. Kentucky has led the nation in attendance every season since Syracuse took the top spot in 2005. Louisville has been in the top five every season since finishing No. 6 in 1995.

While we're at it, here are the NCAA's 2013 attendance stats for other men's basketball teams in the region:

School Games Attendance Average

Eastern Ky. 16 36,250 2,266

Western Ky. 15 70,708 4,714

Butler 16 126,386 7,899

Murray St. 14 76,105 5,436

Morehead St. 15 35,446 2,363

Northern Ky. 9 31,963 3,551

IUPUI 14 11,243 803