June 24, 2010
Big Ten men's basketball led the nation in average attendance for the 34th straight season, according to recent figures released by the NCAA. The Big Ten ranked first among all conferences with 12,591 fans per game/session, more than 800 ahead of the SEC, which finished second at 11,770.
During the 2009-10 regular season, the conference welcomed 2,360,966 fans through the turnstiles over 189 games, marking the 18th straight year the Big Ten has eclipsed the two-million mark in total attendance.
Seven conference schools ranked in the top 25 in average attendance, the most of any conference in the nation, while no other conference had more than four in the top 25. Ranking sixth nationally was Wisconsin, averaging 17,230 fans per game. A trio of Big Ten teams ranked 11th through 13th in Indiana (15,296), Illinois (14,870) and Michigan State (14,759), respectively. Ohio State finished 16th (14,181), Purdue was 20th (13,681) and Minnesota came in 23rd (13,453).