Lobo Men's Hoops Attendance 16th in NCAA

Aug. 30, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. --- For the 46th consecutive year, the University of New Mexico men's basketball program has finished in the top 25 in attendance, ranking 16th according to the official NCAA attendance report, released today. UNM led the Mountain West and was one of three MW teams in the top 30.

The Lobos have been in The Pit for 46 years, and UNM has never finished lower than 23rd in any of those year. The 2011-12 season is the second consecutive season that the Lobos finished 16th in attendance. According to the NCAA, New Mexico averaged 14,454 fans per game last year for UNM's 16 home games (UNM reports 14,455, but the NCAA doesn't round up).

Kentucky led the nation in attendance, averaging 23,721 fans per game, and it was followed by Syracuse and Louisville in the top three. The Lobo were the top team in the Mountain West, one slot ahead of UNLV, which was 17th with an average attendance of 14,025. San Diego State was 29th at 12,096, giving UNM three teams in the top 30.

UNM under head coach Steve Alford is extremely successful in The Pit, going 77-10 in his first five seasons at New Mexico. He understands the fans' passion, and the home court advantage that UNM's fans give to the Lobos.

"We have the best fan base anywhere, and our fans prove their loyalty and passion every year," said Alford.

New Mexico has 16 homes games next season, including eight non-conference matchups that feature six postseason teams, four of which were conference champions. The 2012-13 season will begin at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 12 when the Lobos host Davidson on ESPN as UNM takes part in the ESPN 24 Hours of College Basketball Marathon.

Rank 	School 			G 	Attendance 	Average	
1.	Kentucky 		18 	426,978 	23,721
2. 	Syracuse 		19 	448,736 	23,618
3. 	Louisville 		20 	430,052 	21,503
4. 	North Carolina 		18 	362,867 	20,159
5. 	Wisconsin 		18 	309,255 	17,181
6. 	Creighton 		16 	266,632 	16,665
7. 	Tennessee 		19 	314,321 	16,543
8. 	Ohio St. 		20 	330,210 	16,511
9. 	Indiana 		19 	312,770 	16,462
10. 	Kansas 			17 	279,557 	16,445
11. 	Memphis 		20 	324,670 	16,234
12. 	BYU 			16 	246,777 	15,424
13. 	Marquette 		16 	242,205 	15,138
14. 	Illinois 		18 	269,739 	14,986
15. 	Michigan St. 		18 	266,346 	14,797
16. 	New Mexico 		16 	231,262 	14,454
17. 	UNLV 			19 	266,469 	14,025
18. 	Vanderbilt 		18 	246,561 	13,698
19. 	Arizona 		18 	244,829 	13,602
20. 	North Carolina St. 	19 	257,638 	13,560
21. 	Purdue 			17 	226,504 	13,324
22. 	Maryland 		17 	224,090 	13,182
23. 	Arkansas 		21 	275,020 	13,096
24. 	Iowa St. 		18 	234,266 	13,015
25. 	Kansas St. 		16 	204,527 	12,783