LAWRENCE KS - FEBRUARY 07: Kansas Jayhawks fans cheer during player introductions prior to the game against the Missouri Tigers on February 7 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The NCAA released attendance figures for the 2010-11 basketball season, and as a conference the Big 12 had the fourth highest average attendance of any of the 31 conferences charted.
In 221 contests, the Big 12 drew 2,368,326 fans, averaging 10,716 per game. The 10,716 is down an average of 498 fans over last season.
Not surprisingly, the Kansas Jayhawks led the Big 12 in attendance, averaging a crowd of 16,436 at Allen Fieldhouse. Nationally KU was ninth in attendance behind Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee, BYU, Wisconsin and Memphis, and just ahead of Illinois who round out the top 10.
Texas was second in the conference, with an average attendance of 13,669, which placed them 21st nationally. Next were Kansas State (12,652, 26th nationally), Iowa State (12,110, 28th), Missouri (11,112, 34th), Oklahoma State (10,447, 39th), Nebraska (9,395, 46th), Texas A&M (9,000, 50th), Oklahoma (8,563, 54th), Texas Tech (8,513, 55th), Colorado (7,014, 77th) and Baylor (6,994, 78th).
As a whole Division 1 college basketball saw 27,626,165 people come through the turnstiles this season for an average of 5,237 per game. Of those 27+ million, 690,679 were recorded for the 36 March Madness games.