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Kentucky Basketball leads country in home attendance for 2016-2017 season

Kentucky has been the leader for 19 of the last 22 seasons.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Midnight Madness Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

National attendance figures released Tuesday placed Kentucky at the top once again for attendance in the 2016-2017 season.

Kentucky finished at the top with an average of 23,461 fans per game. The highest attended game was the February 25 matchup vs the Florida Gators.

Since Rupp Arena opened, Kentucky has ranked either first or second in average home attendance each year. Kentucky has surpassed an average of 23,000 per home game in seven of eight seasons under John Calipari.

According to CoachCal.com, nearly 400,000 fans (398,850) attended Kentucky’s 17 home games this past season, and a total of 706,331 fans attended home, road, and neutral site contests in 2016-2017, which also led the country.

The SEC had the third-highest attendance among D1 conferences, a good sign for the conference’s commitment to improving basketball. It certainly helps that Kentucky packs arenas to the limit wherever they end up, which will only continue with the rest of the SEC venues becoming more challenging to play in.

Here’s how the top 60 teams played out in terms of attendance:

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