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Kentucky Attendance Declining, Syracuse Looking Good To Retake Crown

Syracuse is on course to be No. 1 when the season is over. No. 1 in attendance, that is.

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The Syracuse Orange took home the NCAA college basketball attendance crown from 1986 to 1994. Since 1995, however, its been the Kentucky Wildcats who claim the crown (save for us in 2005).

Coming off a Final Four and with home games against Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and Villanova, the thought was that this might finally be the year SU retakes the title.

And that didn't even take into consideration the idea that Kentucky home attendance was dropping. But it is.

Through seven home games, this is the fourth consecutive year attendance for Kentucky men's basketball games at Rupp Arena has dropped.

Average attendance has gone from 23,868 through the first seven home games of 2009, John Calipari's first season as the UK coach, to 23,116 in 2010, to 23,039 in 2011, to 22,071 in 2012 to 21,799 this season.

A weak home schedule, bad student seating and a "stale" arena experience are considered factors. Whatever the case, it doesn't seem like SU fans are tiring of showing up at the Dome this year. If all holds, that attendance title should once again be ours.

Hey, it's the little things.

Update: Because you might be wondering…last year we averaged 22,439 fans per game. So far, we're averaging 24,726 through six home games (most of which were against cupcakes).