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Big Ten basketball leads nation in attendance

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  • While Illinois and head coach John Groce, right, beat Indiana last December in Champaign, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in attendance and finished sixth in attendance nationally. Illinois finished 15th in attendance nationally.

      While Illinois and head coach John Groce, right, beat Indiana last December in Champaign, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in attendance and finished sixth in attendance nationally. Illinois finished 15th in attendance nationally.
    Associated Press/December 2013

 
By Brittany Pittas
bpittas@dailyherald.com

For the 38th consecutive season, the Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance for men's basketball, conference officials announced Wednesday.

Conference teams averaged 13,534 fans game, which set another Big Ten record.

For the 2013-14 season, 2,896,322 fans attended games, which marked the 22nd straight year above two million fans. In conference games alone, more than 1.5 million spectators attended Big Ten games to set another record.

Nine conference schools cracked the Top 25 in attendance nationally, with three finishing in the Top 10. Indiana was sixth with 17,359 fans per game, followed by Wisconsin in seventh, and Ohio State in eighth. Illinois finished 15th nationally with an average of 15,246 fans per game.

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