Kansas State ranked among the Top 25 in men's basketball attendance for the second consecutive season, as the NCAA released its attendance figures for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday.
The Wildcats attracted 12,528 fans per game to 18 home games this past season to rank 24th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas led all league schools with an average of 16,438 fans, which placed 10th in the country, while Iowa State (13,393) ranked just ahead of K-State in 22nd place.
It was K-State's highest attendance ranking since placing 21st in 1988-89 with an average of 12,601 per game. The school has also ranked among the nation's Top 35 in average attendance five times in the last seven years, including 25th in 2007-08 (12,529), 26th in both 2006-07 (12,301) and 2010-11 (12,652) and 31st in 2009-10 (11,884). The 12,528 average ranks fifth in school history with four of the school's top-5 attendance averages coming in the last six years.
Overall, K-State drew 225,503 fans to its 18 home games in 2012-13, which marked the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the school has drawn 200,000 or more fans. The total attendance figure included the Dec. 22 game against Florida, which drew 16,303 fans for the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., since the department controlled all the ticket and event operations. The 225,503 attendance total is second-best in school history.
In all, the school ranked 24th nationally in overall game attendance with 434,017 fans coming to 35 contests. The figure ranked third in the Big 12 behind Kansas (fifth, 596,905) and Iowa State (23rd, 438,919).
Weber's squad returns eight lettermen, including four players with starting experience, in 2013-14. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) and fellow senior Will Spradling (7.4 ppg., 2.4 apg.). The team will also have seven new players, including five freshmen, led by PARADE High School All-American Marcus Foster.