Brian: The NCAA recently crunched the numbers on this year's 2011-12 NCAA Men's Basketball season. Boston College finished the year with a total attendance figure of 79,885 over 17 home games for an average of 4,699 a game. That was 11th best in the conference ahead of only Miami. BC was one of only three ACC programs to finish outside of the top 100 nationally.
These rankings are strongly correlated to arena capacity. North Carolina, N.C. State, Maryland and Virginia run 1-4 on this year's average attendance list. They also run 1-4 on the conference's arena capacity list. Similarly, Georgia Tech (10th), BC (11th) and Miami (last) have the three smallest arenas in the conference, in order.
The BC basketball team did not have a good season so the Eagles low average shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.
|1||4||North Carolina Tar Heels||18||362,867||20,159|
|2||20||N.C. State Wolfpack||19||257,638||13,560|
|5||42||Duke Blue Devils||16||149,024||9,314|
|6||48||Wake Forest Demon Deacons||16||138,802||8,675|
|7||51||Florida St. Seminoles||17||145,189||8,541|
|8||56||Virginia Tech Hokies||18||151,113||8,395|
|10||NR||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||15||73,933||4,929|
|11||NR||Boston College Eagles||17||79,885||4,699|
As a conference, the ACC averaged 9,876 fans a game, good for fifth best among all Division I conferences and behind the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and Big East. Overall, average per-game attendance dipped slightly year over year, for a delta of -390. Of the six major conferences, only the Big East (-442) and the Pac-12 (-665) saw a bigger dip in attendance, while the Big 12 (+341), SEC (+325) and Big Ten (42) all gained.
What do you make of the conferences' dip in per-game attendance in 2011-12, and do you expect it to rebound this season?
Jeff: I absolutely think the conference will rebound some with some of the programs towards the bottom of the list pulling back up in the future. Georgia Tech did not play their games on campus this season and played in the Atlanta Hawks Arena instead. Attendance was terrible for their games but they will probably have great success once their renovations are complete. Duke and North Carolina are going to have great attendance numbers next season regardless of whether or not they are in a national title hunt. Meanwhile, BC, Georgia Tech and Clemson can see huge increases in attendance with some more success on the court. If they leagues gets back to having six or more teams in the NCAA tournament, attendance will follow.
Brian: As someone with household ties to the Clemson Tigers, the idea of Clemson to the Big 12? A good one, or a terrible one?
Jeff: It would be OK. Exciting for the first few years then geographically inconvenient.
Brian: Not as surprised about that as I am about how bad they were on the road in ACC play.
Brian: Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is loving the idea of Boston College-Syracuse to end the regular season every year. Your thoughts?
Jeff: I would love that also.
Jeff: Does landing ND transfer Alex Dragicevich leave you more optimistic about the future of our basketball program?
Brian: I love the pickup but I'm also pretty worried about scholarship management.
Brian: When the ACC's new Friday night football deal kicks in, what percentage of BC home games will be played on non-Saturday dates in the first year of the agreement?
Jeff: The Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Will we see any more Kreider magic in the conference finals?
Brian: He didn't have a great Quarterfinals series against the Caps overall.
Brian: Last one. As part of ESPN's new contract with the conference, the WWL can sell title sponsor rights to the ACC Tournament. Fill in the blank. The _______ ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.
Jeff: Chick-Fil-A, Food Lion, BMW, RBC and Under Armour are my top guesses right now.