The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team wasn’t able to repeat their magical Final Four run last season, but the fans still filled the Carrier Dome to the brim to watch the team. The NCAA released official home attendance figures from the 2016-17 season Tuesday and Syracuse finished second.
Syracuse averaged 21,181 fans for its 21 home games this past season, which includes the team’s two home games for the NIT. Of the top 100 teams in average attendance, no squad had more home games than the Orange.
The only team with a higher average attendance was the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky averaged 23,461 fans in its 17 home games.
Syracuse has been ranked first or second in the country in average home attendance each of the last nine seasons. The Orange last led the country in the category during the 2014-15 season.
The largest crowd Syracuse men’s basketball saw for a game in 2016-17 was more than 39,000, which was a mark they past twice. A total of 30,448 attended Senior Day to saw good-bye to Tyler Roberson, Dajuan Colemna, Andrew White and John Gillon.
The ACC had three other schools also in the top 10 – Louisville, North Carolina, both of whom were also in the top four, and N.C. State. Besides Kentucky and Syracuse, Louisville was the only other team to average more than 20,000 fans per home game. North Carolina finished fourth with 18,067 fans per home contest.
N.C. State ranked 10th. Virginia was fifth in the conference and ranked 17th nationally, giving the ACC five schools in the top 20.