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Syracuse leads nation in basketball attendance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Syracuse is the attendance leader in men’s basketball, edging Kentucky for the second straight year.

The NCAA said Monday that Syracuse averaged 23,854 fans per game last season, just ahead of Kentucky’s 23,572. Louisville, at 21,386, was the only other school to draw better than 20,000 a game.

The Division I attendance total of more than 27.4 million was down slightly from a year ago but the ninth-highest in history. The NCAA Tournament attendance of 739,798 was the third-highest ever.

The Big Ten led the nation in average attendance for the 39th straight year. The Big Ten’s average of 12,781 fans was well ahead of the Atlantic Coast Conference average of 11,368.

Total attendance in all three NCAA divisions was more than 32.5 million.

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