MIAA Tops DII Hoops Attendance

By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

August 14, 2013-The Emporia State men’s basketball team continued a string of 11 straight years ranking in the top 25 in attendance among the nearly 300 NCAA Division II basketball playing schools. The Hornets drew an average of 1,678 fans to their 13 home games in White Auditorium during the 2012-13 season to rank 19th nationally.

The Hornets moved up one spot from last year's #20 ranking. This is the 11th straight year the Emporia State men’s basketball has been ranked in the top 25 nationally and the ninth straight year the Hornets have been in the top 20.

Emporia State outdrew 95 NCAA Division I schools during the 2012-13 school year.

Emporia State was among six MIAA teams in the top 30 nationally. As a conference the MIAA drew 254,543 fans to the 186 gams to lead all Division II conference in average attendance at 1,369 fans per game. The MIAA's total attendance was better than nine NCAA Division I conferences.

The Hornets were 13-14 last season, going 9-4 in White Auditorium. They return six of their top ten scorers, all of whom started at least one game, including All-MIAA performer Kaleb Wright and MIAA All-Defensive team member Paul Bunch.

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Attendance
Rank G/S Total Avg.
1. Northern St. 17 54,383 3,199
2. Dixie St. 12 34,818 2,902
3. Midwestern St. 12 31,600 2,633
4. Central Mo. 13 33,297 2,561
5. Ky. Wesleyan 18 44,780 2,488
6. Augustana (SD) 16 39,132 2,446
7. Washburn 13 31,210 2,401
8. Grand Canyon 16 38,330 2,396
9. Elizabeth City St. 14 32,577 2,327
10. Fort Hays St. 15 34,015 2,268
11. Drury 17 32,068 1,886
12. Benedict 13 23,636 1,818
13. Bellarmine 15 26,803 1,787
14. West Ga. 14 24,665 1,762
15. Mo. Southern St. 13 22,680 1,745
16. SW Minn. State 12 20,498 1,708
17. Tarleton St. 17 28,796 1,694
18. St. Cloud St. 14 23,613 1,687
19. Emporia St. 13 21,818 1,678
20. UNC Pembroke 14 23,401 1,672
21. Mo. Western St. 13 21,520 1,655
22. S.C. Aiken 17 28,014 1,648
23. Winston-Salem 13 21,255 1,635
24. Indiana (PA) 18 28,565 1,587
25. Tuskegee 9 14,156 1,573
MIAA Teams in Bold

Conferences
Rank Teams G/S Total Avg.
1. MIAA 14 186 254,543 1,369
2. NSIC 16 226 289,319 1,280
3. CIAA 12 140 168,376 1,203
4. Lone Star 10 130 135,256 1,040
5. Great Midwest 3 40 40,948 1,024
6. Gulf South 8 115 117,238 1,019
7. GLVC 15 224 203,983 911
8. SIAC 13 160 141,545 885
9. PacWest 9 118 100,204 849
10. Peach Belt 13 174 144,551 831
MIAA=MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NSIC=Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
CIAA=Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association
GLVC=Great Lakes Valley Conference
SIAC=Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference


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