The NCAA released the attendance figures for the 2014-15 men's basketball season on Monday afternoon. The full list can be found right here.
Below is a list of where the Big East teams finished, both nationally and within the conference, along with the team's average attendance.
|Team||National Rank||Conference Rank||Average|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||22nd||2nd||13,657|
|Seton Hall Pirates||63rd||7th||7,587|
|St. John's Red Storm||65th||8th||7,463|
|DePaul Blue Demons||83rd||10th||6,238|
Let's break these numbers down a bit. It's not surprising that Creighton is the top spot, and also one of the tops in the country. Their arena is gigantic and the folks in Omaha really care about their team. Marquette being #2 isn't shocking either. They play in an NBA arena, so there are more seats. Everyone is right where you'd expect them to be on this list, in my opinion.
If Butler seems low to you, remember that Hinkle Fieldhouse only holds 9,000 people. Even if Butler sold out every game they still wouldn't crack the top half. I think the Bulldogs are more than okay with that, though.
DePaul is 83rd. They got outdrew by schools like Siena (82nd) and Wyoming (80th). That new arena can't get here soon enough.
In addition to those numbers, the five Big East Tournament sessions saw 69,695 people. The conference, as a whole, had 1.6 million fans see a game this year, which is a slight increase over last season's average.