- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois’ men’s basketball team drew more people per game last season than all but 14 other teams around the country. But Illini per-game attendance was still down.

According to NCAA figures released Monday, the Illini drew 14,652 people per game in a 19-14 season that ended with a disappointing one-game appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The attendance figure was nonetheless 15th in the country and fifth in the Big Ten.

Illinois’ attendance fell 3.8 percent from the previous season’s 15,246.

Syracuse was the top team in the country at 23,854 a game. Wisconsin was first in the Big Ten and fifth in the country at 17,279.

Illinois’ attendance has been up and down since hitting 15,581 a game in 2011. That was 10th in the country.



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